American couple claims to have underwater photo of Natalee Holloway skeleton

March 20th, 2010 - 1:10 am ICT by BNO News  

By Michael van Poppel
hollo ARUBA (THAINDIAN NEWS) — A couple from Pennsylvania believes they may have taken an underwater photo that shows the skeleton remains of missing American teenager Natalee Holloway, who vanished on the Caribbean island of Aruba in 2005.

John F. Muldowney of Manheim, Pa. showed the photo to the media on Friday, which has been turned over to the FBI. Muldowney said he has a gut feeling that the picture may show the remains of Natalee Holloway. The photo was taken by his wife Patti in early October 2009.

News reports say that the FBI and Aruban Prosecutor’s are investigating the photo, but experts say the ‘bones’ in the photo may just be rocks.

Nearly five years after Holloway disappeared, it remains unclear what happened to the American tourist. She went missing during a high school graduation trip to Aruba on May 30, 2005.

Dutch man Joran van der Sloot has been the top suspect in the case since she went missing, who has confessed to disposing her body several times - claims which prosecutors deemed not credible enough for prosecution.

In Van der Sloot’s latest confession, made in 2009, he admitted to disposing Holloway’s body in a marsh on Aruba. The confession resulted in a new investigation into the disappearance of Holloway, but eventually concluded without results. “It became clear that this statement is hold together by lies and fantasy,” Aruban Chief Prosecutor Peter Blanken said. “Times are wrong and named witnesses have denied.”

Blanken also said that, if Holloway’s body was disposed in the marsh, it would probably never be recovered. “If she was left there, the chances of finding her are extremely small,” Blanken said. “After several days, nothing would have been found except bones and maybe a plastic shoe.”

Earlier, Van der Sloot made a similar confession to an undercover operation by Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries, which prosecutors said did not constitute new legal evidence. During that confession, Van der Sloot admitted that Holloway died unexpectedly while they were making out on the beach. He then said he dumped her body in the ocean. He denied his confession immediately after he found out the conversations were recorded.

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