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Natalee Holloway Resource Center Opening in D.C.

Stephanie Tatiana Flores Ramirez's murder comes five years after the May 30th, 2005 disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway during a high school trip in Aruba. Prosecutors say Joran van der Sloot is still their main suspect in Holloway's case, even though he was never charged. AP Photo

Natalee and Beth Holloway
Natalee Holloway and her mother, Beth Holloway (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) The Natalee Holloway Resource Center, a resource center for missing persons named for the Alabama teen who went missing in 2005 on a senior trip to Aruba, is set to open in Washington Tuesday, and Beth Holloway is expected to be there front and center.

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The center is meant to help the families of missing persons by providing support to families of the missing and by reducing the challenges they face, challenges that Beth Holloway says she dealt with when her own daughter disappeared.

She also hopes it will prevent more missing persons cases by providing travel safety tips and advice for college and high school students.

The opening of the center in the National Museum of Crime & Punishment in Washington comes shortly after Joran van der Sloot, the young man suspected to be responsible for Natalee's disappearance, was arrested, and reportedly confessed to, the murder of a Peruvian native Stephany Flores.

Flores is thought to have been killed in van der Sloot's hotel room in Lima, Peru on May 30, five years to the day that Natalee was reported missing.

A statement by an official handling the announcement said that Beth Holloway will not discuss the latest developments in van der Sloot's case.

Complete Joran van der Sloot Coverage on Crimesider

  • Carlin Miller

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