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Natalee Holloway Update: Bone Found in Aruba is from a Young Woman

Natalee Holloway, Alabama high school student who disappeared while on a graduation trip in Oranjestad, Aruba, 2005/6/6.
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Natalee Holloway Update: Tests May Soon Tell if Bone Found on Aruba Beach is Human
Natalee Holloway (AP)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CBS/WIAT/AP) A prosecutor in Aruba says that based on an initial examination, a bone found on a beach in Aruba belongs to a young woman, say reports.

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According to NBC station WSFA, Dutch forensic experts are now trying to determine if the bone came from Natalee Holloway, the American teenager who disappeared five years ago.

The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf previously reported that the human jawbone was found by tourists on a beach near the Phoenix Hotel. The site where the bone was found is near one of several locations mentioned by Joran van der Sloot in a series of interviews and "confessions" he later rescinded, according to CBS affiliate WIAT.

There are intact teeth on the bone, reports CNN.

Holloway, then 18, disappeared in 2005 while on a high school graduation trip to Aruba. Her remains have never been found, despite extensive police searches. If the bone turns out to be from Holloway, it would be the first concrete evidence of her death.

Dutchman Joran van der Sloot was the last person seen with Holloway and is considered the prime suspect in her disappearance. Van der Sloot is in jail in Lima, Peru charged with killing Stephany Flores, a woman murdered five years to the day after Holloway's disappearance.

Van der Sloot has told several people he was involved in Holloway's disappearance, only to later retract his confessions. He has also admitted in interviews that he is a pathological liar.

Aruba prosecutors have said they lack evidence to charge van der Sloot in Holloway's death.

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