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Mountain Brook girl disappears during senior trip to Aruba
AP via AL.com ^ | 6/1/2005 | AP

Posted on 06/02/2005 8:02:49 AM PDT by SamFromLivingston

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — FBI and Aruban officials said Wednesday that they had flew clues to the whereabouts of a Mountain Brook High School graduate who disappeared during a senior trip to the island.

FBI officials in the Caribbean were coordinating with Aruban police and Dutch authorities, who oversee Aruba, to search for Natalee Holloway, 18, The Birmingham News reported.

Holloway joined about 125 graduating seniors and adults on the five-day trip, which is an annual tradition not sponsored by the school. Other students said she never showed up for the group's return flight Monday.

"We went to check in for our airplane, and she wasn't there, and she's been missing since then," said Jay Weinacker, a member of Holloway's graduating class.

Holloway's parents, David Holloway, of Meridian, Miss., and Beth Holloway Twitty of Mountain Brook, and several family members traveled to Aruba to aid the search, said Robin Holloway, the girl's stepmother.

"It is torture," Robin Holloway said. "It is just agony."

Aruban police said Wednesday that they had questioned and released three local men who said they dropped the teenager off at her hotel late Sunday night. Officials said the girl's parents were unable to spot her on a hotel surveillance tape.

Officials said there were few leads on Natalee's whereabouts.

After hearing of her disappearance, Robin Holloway said her husband felt compelled to search for his daughter.

"We can't just sit here and do nothing," she said. "We don't know if she is still in Aruba ... or she's been kidnapped. We just don't know anything."

Officials at Mountain Brook Community Church said more than 150 people participated Tuesday in a prayer service for Holloway.

"Word just kind of got out, and parents and students just really wanted to get together and have a little prayer service for the whole situation," said Troy Gambrell, an associate in the youth ministry.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: aruba; casaloma; missing; nataleeholloway
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1 posted on 06/02/2005 8:02:49 AM PDT by SamFromLivingston
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To: SamFromLivingston

Time to start boycotting ARUBA until they solve this sad and scarry case.


2 posted on 06/02/2005 8:04:01 AM PDT by Broker (FIND HER!)
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To: SamFromLivingston

Why is a class trip going outside of our borders in our current state of WOT?


3 posted on 06/02/2005 8:04:34 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: SamFromLivingston
In the Caribbean.
4 posted on 06/02/2005 8:04:52 AM PDT by Dallas59 (" I have a great team that is going to beat George W. Bush" John Kerry -2004)
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To: Calpernia

HS seniors go to Mexico to drink and party. It's insane that parents pay for that madness.


5 posted on 06/02/2005 8:05:20 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: Calpernia
Both my children's senior classes cruised to the Caribbean in 2004 and 2005. There was an adult chaperon for every 4 students and they still talk of the wonderful time they had.

Prayers for this young lady and her family.
6 posted on 06/02/2005 8:08:40 AM PDT by Quilla
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To: Broker

Ridiculous....why would anyone, even divorced parents, let their 18 year old go out of the country without them?? Stupid.


7 posted on 06/02/2005 8:09:01 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: AppyPappy

Heck, I wouldn't even let my daughter go to Flordia for Spring Break. Of course, she's only four, but that's beside the point!


8 posted on 06/02/2005 8:09:15 AM PDT by Millee (So you're a feminist......isn't that cute??)
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To: AppyPappy
I used to live in Mountain Brook (suburb of Birmingham) -- great place to live.

It's a very affluent area -- second in household income only to Beverly Hills.

Unfortunately, the amount of money does not always correlate to common sense. See, e.g., George Soros.

Saw the mom interviewed last night -- typical MB housewife. Tennis in morning, dinner at Highland's Bar & Grill later.

9 posted on 06/02/2005 8:09:21 AM PDT by CWW (Mark Sanford for President on 2008!)
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To: AppyPappy

scary stuff happens on these trips. I feel for the family. If this was my daughter....


10 posted on 06/02/2005 8:09:22 AM PDT by peacebaby (It will take more than a village - to protect America from the Clintons this go-around.)
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To: AppyPappy

::shakes head in amazement::


11 posted on 06/02/2005 8:09:27 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Quilla

Were you on the cruise with them? Have you ever been on a cruise yourself?


12 posted on 06/02/2005 8:10:12 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: AppyPappy
HS seniors go to Mexico to drink and party. It's insane that parents pay for that madness.

Shhh!! You will ruin it! How else can little Brittany and Heather end up on Girls Gone Wild videos?

13 posted on 06/02/2005 8:11:23 AM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting johnathangaltfilms.com and jihadwatch.org)
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To: SamFromLivingston

'Aruban police said Wednesday that they had questioned and released three local men who said they dropped the teenager off at her hotel late Sunday night. Officials said the girl's parents were unable to spot her on a hotel surveillance tape.'

I think we may have the answers already.


14 posted on 06/02/2005 8:11:33 AM PDT by Bogey78O (*tagline removed per request*)
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To: Calpernia

"Why is a class trip going outside of our borders in our current state of WOT?"


Great point. The danger is greater than the benefits. Kids have no clue what to look for. They could have went to safer climes.


15 posted on 06/02/2005 8:12:29 AM PDT by American Vet Repairman
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To: Ann Archy
Ridiculous....why would anyone, even divorced parents, let their 18 year old go out of the country without them?? Stupid.

Exactly. I hope other parents learn a lesson from this. Teenagers have no business leaving the country, I don't care if it is next door, there is no place like America. However, I do pray for this child and her parents...things do not look good.

16 posted on 06/02/2005 8:12:54 AM PDT by yellowdoghunter (Liberals should be seen and not heard.)
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To: Ann Archy

Because she's an adult?


17 posted on 06/02/2005 8:12:56 AM PDT by macrahanish #1
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To: Destro
HS seniors go to Mexico to drink and party. It's insane that parents pay for that madness. Shhh!! You will ruin it! How else can little Brittany and Heather end up on Girls Gone Wild videos?

Girls die because of porn.

18 posted on 06/02/2005 8:14:11 AM PDT by af_vet_1981
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To: Ann Archy

Yes I've been on a cruise, no I was not with them. They have attended the same Christian School since first grade, were chaperoned by parents I'd become quite close to over the years, and they are incredibly well trained. ;-)


19 posted on 06/02/2005 8:14:31 AM PDT by Quilla
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To: SamFromLivingston
Aruban police said Wednesday that they had questioned and released three local men who said they dropped the teenager off at her hotel late Sunday night

I'd ask the other students what she was doing with the locals. Someone from the group must have been with her,.

20 posted on 06/02/2005 8:14:53 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: SamFromLivingston
... three local men who said they dropped the teenager off at her hotel late Sunday night

Great chaperonage. What were the parents thinking?

21 posted on 06/02/2005 8:15:34 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Who needs pictures when you can have words?)
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To: Ann Archy
Ridiculous....why would anyone, even divorced parents, let their 18 year old go out of the country without them?? Stupid.

My children went to foreign countries on carefully planned mission trips many times with the church group.

It wasn't ridiculous or stupid.

22 posted on 06/02/2005 8:16:14 AM PDT by Protagoras (Iíve had all I can stands and I canít stands no more.....Popeye)
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To: Bogey78O
Indeed.

Where the H#LL were the chaperones, that she got off on her own with NO ONE (apparently) knowing where she went, or with whom??

1 HS girl +
3 men +
She never came home =
???

How boneheaded are her parents, the chaperones and the cops involved?

23 posted on 06/02/2005 8:16:23 AM PDT by Malacoda (*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* ! *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*)
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To: Broker
Time to start boycotting ARUBA until they solve this sad and scarry case.

Well that's the Most Stupid Post of The Day.

Boycott a country because a teenager has been running around with a bunch of boys that she doesn't know and hasn't gone home?

24 posted on 06/02/2005 8:17:36 AM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs (On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the Escape key.)
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To: SamFromLivingston

This 18 year-old girl is out partying with three local men from the island? Sounds like she got herself in a situation that she couldn't handle.


25 posted on 06/02/2005 8:18:18 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: SamFromLivingston
Aruban police said Wednesday that they had questioned and released three local men who said they dropped the teenager off at her hotel late Sunday night. Officials said the girl's parents were unable to spot her on a hotel surveillance tape.

It's gonna take a lot of bribes before the Aruban police do much of anything, and I'm sure everyone can look at this "three men who claimed to have dropped her off" business and know they probably assaulted and and then threw her body into the ocean.

26 posted on 06/02/2005 8:19:36 AM PDT by wizardoz
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To: yellowdoghunter
Exactly. I hope other parents learn a lesson from this. Teenagers have no business leaving the country,

Sorry, I disagree. Living in fear is the same as being dead.

There are many reasons to travel and many ways to plan the trips. Many are good reasons and many are good plans. Some are not.

27 posted on 06/02/2005 8:19:48 AM PDT by Protagoras (Iíve had all I can stands and I canít stands no more.....Popeye)
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To: Tax-chick
What were the parents thinking?

Clearly, they weren't.

28 posted on 06/02/2005 8:20:10 AM PDT by ctlpdad (Liberals - weeds in the lawn of society.)
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To: SamFromLivingston
ARUBA - an island of resorts and beauty on the "rim" or beaches, and a freaking Mogadishu war zone on the interior...
29 posted on 06/02/2005 8:21:12 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - They want to die for Islam, and we want to kill them.)
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To: yellowdoghunter
Hello..18 y.o. females are fighting and dying in Iraq...last I looked..Iraq is OUTSIDE the country..
30 posted on 06/02/2005 8:21:17 AM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to pass on her gene pool...any volunteers???)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs

Never leave people to their own devices! She should have been chaperoned at all times. And even if she wasn't being chaperoned at all times, she's 18 years old, she knows better than to wonder off without telling someone, especially in a foreign land. I pray for her safe return.


31 posted on 06/02/2005 8:21:28 AM PDT by American Butterfly
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
This 18 year-old girl is out partying with three local men from the island? Sounds like she got herself in a situation that she couldn't handle.

It also sounds like they raped and murdered her.

32 posted on 06/02/2005 8:22:19 AM PDT by af_vet_1981
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To: Protagoras
My children went to foreign countries on carefully planned mission trips many times with the church group. It wasn't ridiculous or stupid.

That is alot different than going for the party, night life, etc.....

I am glad to hear that your children did go on mission trips....those kinds of trips can change peoples lives and really instill a sense of pride in children.

33 posted on 06/02/2005 8:22:34 AM PDT by yellowdoghunter (Liberals should be seen and not heard.)
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To: 2banana

True...the northen coast is a desolate, undeveloped area..long ago..we got snookered into taking the "shark-feeding " tour..


34 posted on 06/02/2005 8:22:38 AM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to pass on her gene pool...any volunteers???)
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To: American Butterfly
Since we don't know what happened, we cannot rule out that she disappeared of her own volition.
35 posted on 06/02/2005 8:24:04 AM PDT by Protagoras (Iíve had all I can stands and I canít stands no more.....Popeye)
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To: ken5050

Alot different than going for the party, night life, etc....

Please people, we are talking about children, still in high school, going to a country where the laws are rarely enforced, especially for foreigners. Children have no business going off on trips like that.

Missionary work is different. War is different.


36 posted on 06/02/2005 8:24:32 AM PDT by yellowdoghunter (Liberals should be seen and not heard.)
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To: Malacoda
Too many liberal Americans have no idea of the risks they are taking when traveling to many countries both 3rd world and semi 3rd world.

the recent 20 yr sentence for a 20 something Aussie girl in Indonesia and multiple missing young girls in Caribbean over the years seems to have not gotten thru to Liberal America - it's all Bush's fault. (barff)
37 posted on 06/02/2005 8:24:49 AM PDT by ConsentofGoverned (mark rich, s burger,flight 800, waco,cbs's national guard-just forget thats the game)
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To: Ann Archy

Are you a parent?


38 posted on 06/02/2005 8:24:55 AM PDT by OldFriend (MAJOR TAMMY DUCKWORTH.....INSPIRATIONAL)
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To: SamFromLivingston

39 posted on 06/02/2005 8:25:37 AM PDT by csvset
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To: Protagoras
There are many reasons to travel and many ways to plan the trips. Many are good reasons and many are good plans. Some are not.

Good summary.

40 posted on 06/02/2005 8:26:11 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Who needs pictures when you can have words?)
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To: Calpernia

Right.... exactly my sentiments. What were these parents thinking?


41 posted on 06/02/2005 8:26:51 AM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: 2banana
"...ARUBA - an island of resorts and beauty on the "rim" or beaches, and a freaking Mogadishu war zone on the interior..."

Have you ever been to Aruba? We own a timeshare there, have spent a lot of time in the "interior" and find it hard to compare it to Mogadishu.

Matter of fact, street crime is virtually non-existent in Aruba for a variety of reasons, mostly economic and a high educational standard thanks to the Dutch government.

There is a max security prison on the far side of the island where most of the inmates are captured drug-smugglers from Columbia and Venezuela.

Ordinary Aruban people are some of the most pleasant and friendly people you'll ever meet, and I don't mean just at the beaches.

42 posted on 06/02/2005 8:28:22 AM PDT by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: ken5050
I have to ask..."shark-feeding tour?" Was it a scam?

My husband and I had been considering taking a trip to Aruba. If the law enforecement/security situation is as bad as it sounds on this thread, I guess we'll go somewhere else.

43 posted on 06/02/2005 8:28:22 AM PDT by Malacoda (*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* ! *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*)
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To: 1Old Pro
Joe Scarborough last night reported that she was last seen getting into a car after leaving a "nightclub" with some men.

Now it's possible she didn't voluntarily get in the car. Perhaps she was being abducted.

But what is a high school girl doing in a nightclub in Aruba in the first place?

In my area we had a similar incident -- a local high school cheerleader was on a class trip to Hawaii to participate in a cheerleading tournament.

She went partying, got drunk, and was last seen going off with two men.

She then plunged to her death from a hotel balcony. The two men were found sleeping off their hangovers in the room from which she fell.

44 posted on 06/02/2005 8:28:31 AM PDT by shhrubbery! (The 'right to choose' = The right to choose death --for somebody else.)
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To: af_vet_1981

some because of lax parenting.


45 posted on 06/02/2005 8:28:39 AM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting johnathangaltfilms.com and jihadwatch.org)
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To: Ann Archy

And why was she off alone and not with a chaperone who knew and controlled their whereabouts? At least, why wasn't she with other young people of her group?


46 posted on 06/02/2005 8:29:05 AM PDT by kenth
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To: Ann Archy
I think most parents would encourage their 18 year olds to see the world. Can't protect them forever.
47 posted on 06/02/2005 8:29:40 AM PDT by TBall
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To: Tax-chick

I've been to many foreign lands by myself. When I was in High School my French class went to France. I was 17 at the time. I turned 18 while I was there. We had chaperones and we stayed in a group. However, traveling abroad is not the issue here. The issue is whether or not she ran away on her own, or by force.


48 posted on 06/02/2005 8:31:23 AM PDT by American Butterfly
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To: shhrubbery!

I read about that story. These stories are awful. The parents will live with their decisions forever. But, you can't totally "protect' kids from doing stupid things.


49 posted on 06/02/2005 8:31:32 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: yellowdoghunter
Teenagers have no business leaving the country,

That's what I was responding to.

And I agree, their lives were changed for the better, no doubt in my mind. But it wasn't pride that they received. It instilled a sense of purpose and service in them. And it showed them first hand how most of the world lives. They appreciate their own situation in a profoundly different way when they return. They also have an understanding of what God expects of them in regards to other people.

And yes, my wife and I were worried, but some trips are worth the risk.

50 posted on 06/02/2005 8:31:45 AM PDT by Protagoras (Iíve had all I can stands and I canít stands no more.....Popeye)
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