One decade after her daughter's tragic disappearance, Natalee Holloway's mother Beth says she's still hoping for justice and managing to find comfort as time passes."I've been able to redefine my life," she told TODAY.
"And I've been able to find joy and happiness through my son, through my son's new family, and my work, so I think I'm in a good place now."Yet even with her optimism, she's still struggling with certain aspects of her daughter's tragedy, as prime suspect Joran van der Sloot is currently in prison for the 2010 murder of a Peruvian woman named Stephany Flores Ramirez."Justice is being served for the murder of Stephany, but until Joran faces the extortion charges in the U.
De Jong of what he saw on the night of 30th of May 2005, cannot be correct, and that his testimony, considering the aforementioned, does not add to the solving of this case."They also noted that further investigation "in any manner whatsoever" in this location will not lead to finding her body.
Nearly a decade after then 18-year-old Natalee Holloway disappeared on a school trip to Aruba, an island resident has come forward as a witness."I saw Natalee Holloway on the last night she was alive," Jurrien de Jong told.
"I was the eyewitness."Holloway was last seen on May 30, 2005, leaving a bar with Joran van der Sloot.
She also added that this particular individual has been around for a while, trying to get traction and attention without having any real evidence."It just makes me sad that he would just keep trying to insert himself into this role of her disappearance and that he has information when it's absolutely untrue."But despite the frustration, she has been able to try to move forward."It's hard to believe it's been 10 years,'' she said. Where I am today is in a good place."Aruba authorities have dismissed the supposed eye witness that recently came forward, saying his story cannot possibly hold as true.
According to a statement released by Chief Prosecutor Eric Olthof, the office dug into the claims brought forward by Jurrien de Jong.
He had told he saw the prime suspect bring Natalee Holloway into a "small building under construction" (since identified as the Spyglass Tower of Marriott's Aruba Surf Club resort) before Joran van der Sloot emerged carrying her body.
But after consulting with the Marriott, the prosecutor's office determined that "it becomes indisputably clear that on the 30th of May 2005, no construction or building activities were started at the location that Mr.
De Jong has specifically pointed out as the spot where Natalee Holloway would have been hidden and/or buried.""More concretely: the foundation of the Spyglass Tower …
and of the staircase of the Spyglass Tower was not in place," the statement continued.