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Dutch Sending Three F-16 Jets To Find Missing Teen (Natalee Holloway)
Yahoo News ^ | PETER PRENGAMAN

Posted on 07/02/2005 7:18:33 PM PDT by Libloather

Dutch Sending Jets to Find Missing Teen
By PETER PRENGAMAN, Associated Press Writer
11 minutes ago


Aruba's Attorney General Karin Janssen speaks to the Associated Press in her office in Oranjestad, Aruba, Friday, July 1, 2005, regarding the case of missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway. (AP Photo/Leslie Mazoch)

ORANJESTAD, Aruba - Holland will send three F-16 warplanes rigged with search equipment to find Natalee Holloway, Aruban authorities said Saturday, as U.S. lawmakers increased pressure on the Aruban government to do more to find the Alabama teenager nearly five weeks since she disappeared.

The three planes, equipped with infrared and sonar-scanning capacity, were expected to arrive Sunday afternoon, said Aruban government spokesman Ruben Trapenberg.

Trapenberg said the planes were being sent after Aruban Justice Minister Rudy Croes requested more help from Holland, the Caribbean island's former colonizer.

"Both the justice minister and the prime minister feel that Holland can help us reach a resolution with this," said Trapenberg.

This week both Sen. Richard Shelby, a Republican from Alabama, and Alabama Gov. Bob Riley, wrote letters to Aruban Prime Minister Nelson Oduber urging the government to do more and let the FBI play a larger role in the investigation.

"With every passing day, I become increasingly concerned that the current investigation has reached a dead end," Shelby wrote in a letter dated July 1. "It's unfathomable that the Aruban government would not take advantage of the full spectrum of resources, personnel and expertise of the FBI."

Seven FBI agents have had an observatory role on the island since a few days after Holloway disappeared on May 30, but have repeatedly said they don't have jurisdiction to direct the searches or investigation.

Trapenberg said calls for an increased FBI presence don't make sense. "It's fine to have the FBI here, but if you send in more agents are you saying the ones here are not any good?" he said.

The teen's mother, Beth Holloway Twitty, said the U.S. pressure showed that family members aren't alone in their frustration with the pace of the investigation.

"It has become increasingly difficult to simply wait and see what happens," Holloway Twitty, a 44-year-old speech pathologist, said in an interview Saturday with The Associated Press.

The mother said the family was "graciously pleading" with the FBI and Holland to do more to find her daughter.

"It would be comforting for us if they were more active in this investigation," said Holloway Twitty. "We must demand and expect that Natalee be returned to her country."

Holloway, 18, from Mountain Brook, Ala., disappeared on the last of a five-day graduation trip with 124 classmates.

Island-wide searches — which have included Aruban police, the FBI, Dutch Marines, a rescue group from Texas and thousands of volunteers — have produced nothing.

Three young men have been detained in the disappearance: Dutch teenager Joran van der Sloot and his friends, Surinamese brothers Deepak Kalpoe, 21, and Satish Kalpoe, 18.

Trapenberg said Friday that the three young men have not been formally charged but could be as soon as Monday. Trapenberg has not said what charges could be filed against the three. They were scheduled to go before a judge Monday to learn if their detentions would be extended another 60 days. Under Dutch law that governs Aruba, a protectorate of the Netherlands, detainees can be held 116 days before being charged by a judge.

Trapenberg said Friday that the three young men have not been formally charged but could be as soon as Monday.

The three were the last ones seen with Holloway the night she disappeared. They were arrested June 9 and on Monday were expected to go before a judge who would decide whether to extend their detention an additional 60 days while prosecutors prepare their case.


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If they're that good, how about sending them to Syria to search for WMDs?
1 posted on 07/02/2005 7:18:34 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Vipers as search planes? They've got to be kidding. What a desperate bunch of numb-nuts running the show.


2 posted on 07/02/2005 7:21:40 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Rick Nash will score 50 goals this season ( if there is a season)
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Aruba - Holland will send three F-16 warplanes rigged with search equipment to find Natalee Holloway,

?????

3 posted on 07/02/2005 7:21:50 PM PDT by fso301
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"The three planes, equipped with infrared and sonar-scanning capacity"

I wonder if the Dutch ever figured out how to get that supersonic sonar working?


4 posted on 07/02/2005 7:21:53 PM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: Libloather

I just don't see how three F16's can find a body from flight level. They must think we're all idiots and don't know any better. Modern day keystone cops.


5 posted on 07/02/2005 7:23:18 PM PDT by dc-zoo
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To: buccaneer81

They're probably just carrying the modernized LANTIRN pod, which includes a new FLIR system that is reported to be very sensitive.


6 posted on 07/02/2005 7:24:32 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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Best they send 7,500 trained lobsters to interrogate Aruban crabs. They'd get a better answer, quicker.


7 posted on 07/02/2005 7:24:56 PM PDT by txhurl
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I know what FLIR is. What is LANTIRN?


8 posted on 07/02/2005 7:26:05 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Rick Nash will score 50 goals this season ( if there is a season)
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To: Libloather

infrared works on heat, how much body heat do they think is left in a dead body laying around for a month??? please...


9 posted on 07/02/2005 7:26:34 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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http://www.missilesandfirecontrol.com/our_products/combatvision/LANTIRN/product-LANTIRN.html
10 posted on 07/02/2005 7:27:02 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: dc-zoo; MurryMom
They must think we're all idiots and don't know any better.

And to think of how much global warming will be caused from these jets just TAKING OFF! Crap - I'm gonna lose sleep tonight...

11 posted on 07/02/2005 7:27:38 PM PDT by Libloather (I trust Hillary as far as I can throw her...)
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You can actually locate shallow graves with IR systems, provided that they are sensitive enough and there isn't too much overhead cover.


12 posted on 07/02/2005 7:27:55 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Libloather

This is a joke, right?


13 posted on 07/02/2005 7:28:18 PM PDT by CzarNicky (The problem with bad ideas is that they seemed like good ideas at the time.)
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Don't be fooled. Three jets going door-to-door can be very effective.

Imagine one of these babys knocking on YOUR door.

14 posted on 07/02/2005 7:28:39 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Looks like the Supreme Court wants to play Cowboys and Homeowners.)
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To: Libloather

How about a few F-16's of our own to patrol our southern border?


15 posted on 07/02/2005 7:29:30 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: txflake

Yes I'm afraid she's been reduced to fish droppings at this point and time.


16 posted on 07/02/2005 7:30:08 PM PDT by dc-zoo
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Interesting. Still, seems like longshot to find a body that has probably been cold for six weeks. The Dutch are trying (poorly) to save face.


17 posted on 07/02/2005 7:30:23 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Rick Nash will score 50 goals this season ( if there is a season)
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To: buccaneer81

Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night


18 posted on 07/02/2005 7:31:04 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: Libloather

Do you know who is paying for this entire search mission? I have a feeling that this missing teen is costing us big bucks. Who will pay the bill if she is found? And who will pay the bill if she is not found? I wish to know...


19 posted on 07/02/2005 7:31:07 PM PDT by blueberry12
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Imagine one of these babys knocking on YOUR door.

Hell, I'd run 'em off with my varmint guard .22!

20 posted on 07/02/2005 7:32:07 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Rick Nash will score 50 goals this season ( if there is a season)
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