A party boat disc jockey who had been held in the disappearance of a young Alabama woman was released Monday, leaving three others behind bars in the high-profile case, government spokesman Ruben Trapenberg said.
The release of disc jockey Steve Gregory Croes came a day after a judge freed the father of a 17-year-old suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.
A judge ruled over the weekend that there was not enough evidence to hold Croes, 26, and Paul van der Sloot, 52, a high-ranking judicial official on the island whose son, Joran, was among the last people seen with 18-year-old Natalee the night before she was to return home to Alabama from a school trip.
Croes is a disc jockey on the party boat Tattoo, which offers nightly dining, dancing and swimming and docks near the Holiday Inn hotel where Holloway had been staying on Aruba, a Dutch protectorate.
Croes did not speak with reporters as he left the courthouse in the capital, Oranjestad, through a back exit.
Still jailed are the young van der Sloot and his friends, Surinamese brothers Deepak Kalpoe, 21, and Satish Kalpoe, 18. No one has been charged.
CBS News Correspondent Steve Futterman reports that after the three suspects are held for another eight days, authorities can make a request to the judge to hold them for an additional 60 days.
Under Dutch law, a suspect can be held for up to 116 days without charge if a judge decides police have good reason.
Searches for Holloway have been fruitless.
Joran van der Sloot appears to be the focus of the investigation, reports Futterman. He reportedly was alone with Holloway just before she vanished.
The three young men who remain jailed initially told police that after a night of eating, drinking and dancing, they took Holloway to a northern beach before dropping her off at her hotel around 2 a.m.
On Saturday, Satish Kalpoe's lawyer said his client admitted that his story was a lie.
On Sunday, Kock said the brothers were becoming increasingly angry with Joran van der Sloot and accusing him of changing his story to put the blame for Holloway's disappearance on them. Kock would not elaborate.
Anita van der Sloot said her son told her that he was alone on a beach with Holloway and left her there unharmed in the early hours of the day she vanished.
Joran van der Sloot's lawyer, Antonio Carlo, said Sunday, "My client maintains his innocence."
Meanwhile, numerous rescue crews continue to search for Holloway on land and in the ocean, with most acknowledging it would be a miracle if she were still alive, Futterman reports.
"It's sad, but we know we are not going out there to find someone alive," said Ralph Baird, a petroleum engineer from Houston helping in the new search started Saturday by Dickinson-based Texas EquuSearch.
The volunteer rescuers led a sniffer dog over land and combed the ocean bottom with sonar in a renewed search for Holloway, who went missing nearly a month ago.
Texas EquuSearch's 24 volunteers, including eight rescue divers, arrived late Friday at the request of Natalee's uncle, Paul Reynolds, who lives in Houston. They brought four specialized dogs as well as the sonar equipment, which technicians could be observed testing on a dock near the Holiday Inn, the same hotel Natalee had stayed in.
EquuSearch director Tim Miller said their search could cost up to $100,000 and that his group has already raised about $25,000.
"No matter what happens, we can't leave without Natalee," he said.