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Natalee Holloway Update: Aruba Bone Announcement Planned for Today

A Collage of Photos of Natalee Holloway (CBS)

Natalee Holloway Update: Aruba Bone Announcement Planned for Today
A Collage of Photos of Natalee Holloway (CBS)

NEW YORK (CBS) Aruba authorities plan to make an announcement this afternoon regarding tests performed on a bone found on an Aruba beach that some speculate could be from missing American teenager Natalee Holloway.

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Holloway disappeared during a senior class trip in 2005. She was last seen with Joran van der Sloot, who was arrested twice in connection with her disappearance, but never charged. Van der Sloot is currently awaiting trial in a Peruvian prison for the murder of 21-year-old Stefany Flores.

On Thursday, the FBI said that records of missing American teen Natalee Holloway were being reviewed by Dutch authorities as they analyze the jawbone with a tooth in it.

Natalee's father, Dave Holloway, had said that he provided the records but added that he had received no new official information on the investigation on the Dutch island in the Caribbean.

"The authorities haven't confirmed anything with me," he told the Associated Press in a telephone interview. "It's pretty much total silence."

Paul Daymond, an FBI spokesman in Birmingham, Alabama, said the agency sent some records electronically Wednesday and shipped the remaining dental impressions.

A tourist found a jawbone on Nov. 12 and took it to the front desk of the Phoenix Hotel, said Ann Angela, spokeswoman for the Aruba prosecutor's office. It was then sent to the Netherlands for analysis.

A forensic scientist in Aruba, however, has said that the bone is from a human female, Dave Holloway told the AP.

Holloway said he received the information from a friend who spoke to the scientist. He did not identify either the friend or the scientist, and did not say whether the scientist is involved in the investigation or otherwise is in a position to know details of the case.

Aruba prosecutors have repeatedly said they lack evidence to charge van der Sloot, who is currently in jail in Peru accused of killing 21-year-old Stephany Flores on May 30 - five years to the day after Holloway's disappearance.

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  • Edecio Martinez

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