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Arrest in Natalee Holloway case, official says
04-16-2006, 09:34 AM
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Arrest in Natalee Holloway case, official says
[COLOR="Purple"][SIZE="3"]Aruban police mum on connection between arrest and missing U.S. teen[/SIZE]

ORANJESTAD, Aruba - Authorities have made an arrest in the case of a young Alabama woman who disappeared while vacationing in Aruba, an Aruban official said Saturday.

The arrest is connected with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, according to a source who spoke with MSNBC TV. The person arrested is believed to be an acquaintance of Dutch national Joran van der Sloot and Surinamese brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe, who were seen leaving an Aruban bar with the 18-year-old American the night she disappeared, the source said.

Mariaine Croes, a spokeswoman for the public prosecutor’s office, said Aruban authorities were not prepared to disclose why the person was arrested. Croes also would not say how the arrest was linked to the disappearance of Holloway nearly a year ago, on the final night of her high school graduation trip to the Dutch Caribbean island.

Croes would only say that the person who was arrested is 19 and has the initials “G.V.C.” In Aruba, when an arrest is announced, officials usually release only a suspect’s initials and not a full name.

Holloway, an honors student from Mountain Brook, Ala., was last seen on May 30, 2005, leaving a bar with van der Sloot and the Kalpoe brothers. The young men were arrested in June but were released after a court ruled there was not enough evidence to hold them.

There have been a number of false leads in the investigation, and at least three other people were detained without being charged in the case.

In recent weeks, Aruban police have searched sand dunes on the northern coast of the island.

Dutch Marines, the FBI and hundreds of volunteers have previously searched for Holloway.

The Associated Press and MSNBC's Rita Cosby contributed to this report.
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04-19-2006, 08:02 AM
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Arrest in Natalee Holloway case, official says
[COLOR="Purple"]ORANJESTAD, Aruba - Aruban prosecutors said Tuesday that they were holding a 19-year-old man on suspicion of involvement in Natalee Holloway’s disappearance.

Authorities appeared to be taking a new tack in the case. The teen's lawyers said he has never figured in the case before and isn’t acquainted with the youths previously held as suspects.

Prosecutors first announced on Monday that someone was being held in connection with the disappearance of the Alabama teen nearly a year ago. It was the first major development in months in a case that has featured numerous false leads and the arrest of seven people who were later released.

Lawyers for a Dutch youth and two Surinamese brothers who were jailed as suspects, and released after a judge ruled there was insufficient evidence to hold them, said the 19-year-old taken into custody had not been mentioned in connection with the case.

Aruban authorities have only released the age and initials — “G.V.C.” — of the most recent detainee. However, NBC News has learned the person in custody is Gottfried Van Cromhout.

He was scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday, the prosecutor’s office said.

‘Relevant forensic information’
Joseph Tacopina, who represents Dutch youth Joran van der Sloot, said “G.V.C” was detained because police recovered a T-shirt belonging to him with “relevant forensic information” from the south side of the Dutch Caribbean island.

The prosecutor’s office has declined to specify the detainee’s alleged connection to Holloway — who was last seen leaving a bar with van der Sloot and the two Surinamese brothers, Deepak and Satish Kalpoe.

Van der Sloot’s father told The Associated Press that his son has never met the 19-year-old detainee.

“Joran did not know him at all,” said Paulus van der Sloot, a former island justice official who also was detained and later released on suspicion of involvement in Holloway’s disappearance.

Ronny Wix, a lawyer who represents the Kalpoe brothers, said he was not yet sure whether his clients know the detainee but he believes they will eventually be cleared of any involvement.

“There is no evidence that my clients have anything to do with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway,” Wix told AP.

Good news for van der Sloot?
Tacopina, who represents van der Sloot in a civil suit filed against him by Holloway’s family, said the detention of “G.V.C.” was good news for his client because it suggested the investigation was heading in a new direction.

“This kid has been under an umbrella of suspicion for 11 months based on no evidence,” he said. Van der Sloot has said he left Holloway, then 18, at a beach near her hotel after they kissed on the final night of her high school graduation trip.

Dave Holloway, the young woman’s father, told the “Today” show he was hopeful about the detention, which came days after the police said they had received dozens of tips after a Dutch television program aired in Aruba and the Netherlands appealing to the public for help in the case.

“It’s a very, very new name that hasn’t even been on the radar screens,” Holloway said. “Maybe it’s a break in the case. Maybe it’s that card that will bring the whole deck down. We don’t know at this point.”

Holloway has been the subject of intensive searches involving Dutch Marines, the FBI and hundreds of volunteers.

 2006 MSNBC Interactive
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04-20-2006, 09:00 AM
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Arrest in Natalee Holloway case, official says
[COLOR="Purple"][SIZE="4"]Teen arrested in Aruba in case of Alabama teen missing for year[/SIZE]

ORANJESTAD, Aruba - The family of a 19-year-old arrested in the case of a young Alabama woman who went missing last year while visiting Aruba said Wednesday that he had nothing to do with her disappearance.

The family of Geoffrey van Cromvoirt also said in a statement released by his lawyers that he is not friends with any of the people previously detained in the Natalee Holloway investigation, which has gathered force in recent days with new searches and witness interviews.

"The family van Cromvoirt distances itself completely from all expressions or statements which bring Geoffrey van Cromvoirt in connection with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway and any statements in which any role is attributed to him in this case," the family said in a statement that released in Dutch by his lawyer, Eline Lotter Homan.

Aruban prosecutors, identifying Cromvoirt only by his initials, said he was suspected of "criminal offenses that may be related to the disappearance" of Holloway but have not provided details about why he was arrested.

Holloway, who was 18 when she disappeared, was last seen leaving a bar with a Dutch teen and two Surinamese brothers on May 30 — the final night of her high school graduation trip to the Caribbean island.

The Dutch teen, Joran Van der Sloot, and the brothers, Deepak and Satish Kalpoe, were jailed and later released after a judge ruled there was not enough evidence to hold them.

Coast guard uses sonar in search
The public prosecutor's office said Wednesday that the coast guard was using sonar and other equipment to check an unspecified area off the Caribbean island. The search, the latest of many for Holloway, of of Mountain Brook, Ala., was in its fourth day but had not previously been disclosed.

Officials on the Dutch island also said they were interviewing witnesses and were in contact with authorities in the Netherlands about tips received after the airing of a television program devoted to unsolved crimes.

A judge on Tuesday had approved a prosecution request to hold the man pending further investigation. He was also detained on suspicion of drug offenses.

Under the law, another hearing for the 19-year-old must be held by at least April 25 if the prosecution wants to continue his detention, said Mariaine Croes, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office.

The Aruban coast guard searched offshore Wednesday for Holloway, authorities said. The public prosecutor's office said the coast guard was using sonar and other equipment to check an unspecified area off the Caribbean island. The search, the latest of many for, was in its fourth day but had not previously been disclosed.

Officials on the Dutch island said they were interviewing witnesses and were in contact with authorities in the Netherlands about tips received after the airing of a television program devoted to unsolved crimes.
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05-23-2006, 12:44 PM
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Arrest in Natalee Holloway case, official says
Lawyer: Natalee Holloway Suspect 'Is Gay'
Tuesday, May 23, 2006


AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — The lawyer for 19-year-old Guido Wever, the latest person to be arrested and released in connection with the disappearance of American teen Natalee Holloway, said Tuesday that his client did not make a good suspect because he is gay.

'My client is gay," lawyer Gerard Spong told FOX News, adding that Wever sometimes wears makeup.

Wever was released from police custody in Utrecht, Netherlands, on Tuesday after spending several days in custody as a suspect in the kidnapping and murder of the Alabama teen.

The Dutch prosecutor's office said Wever is "still under suspicion but will not be held in custody." He will also have to make himself available for questioning.

Dutch court documents identified Wever only as Guido W. because of privacy laws. His release means that he will not be transferred to the Caribbean island of Aruba, said court official Martine de Bruijn.

Wever was considered a witness last June by Aruban investigators and was arrested Wednesday in Utrecht. The student became a suspect after five witnesses claimed to have seen him with deep scratches on his face that could have come from fingernails, and because of what Aruban prosecutors viewed as his hasty departure from the island last June, his lawyer said
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