The Netherlands huddles around Aruba like a protector, and the island mesmerizes tourists with its azure water and clear skies. To the Holloways, Aruba mimicked the mirrors in a funhouse at an amusement park. The cloister delivered a distorted image to Natalee and her family, promising an idyllic scene and memorable moments, but instead made the teenager another statistic.
Many scenarios surrounded Natalee’s disappearance — sex trafficked, murdered, kidnapped. None proved true, but Beth Holloway’s instinct to hang on to Van der Sloot as the lead suspect may have been correct. He didn’t lead authorities to Natalee’s body, but he walked down a mirrored path.
In 2010, Van der Sloot was convicted of murdering Stephany Flores Ramírez in Peru after surveillance footage showed him leaving a hotel room where she was discovered deceased. While the police believe Natalee Holloway is dead, they never found her body.
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