Mother of Missing Teen in Aruba Speaks Out

Mother of Missing Teen in Aruba Speaks Out
Natalee Holloway
AP

06/13/2005 08:00AM

Aruba's attorney general and other officials are denying reports that there's been a confession in the case of missing Alabama honors student Natalee Holloway, who was last seen May 30.

Meanwhile, Natalee's mother, Beth Holloway Twitty, is calling for faster action in the case.

On Saturday, some U.S. news outlets reported – falsely, it is now being said – that one of the suspects had admitted to authorities that "something bad happened to Natalee." There were also rumors of a murder confession and that a body had been found. But those reports are unsubstantiated, the Associated Press confirms.

On Monday morning's Today show, a frustrated but stoic Twitty, 44, said if she does not see results soon, she might start to believe that authorities are trying to protect the three young men. She also thanked the public for its strong support of her family during this crisis.

So far, five men have been taken in and questioned by police in the case: two former hotel security guards and three young men.

Holloway vanished on May 30 just a few hours before she was expected at the airport to end a five-day trip to the Dutch Caribbean island with 124 classmates and seven chaperones. Police found her passport and packed bags in her hotel room.

Prosecutors at first refused to comment on a statement by the deputy police commissioner. He told the Associated Press that one of three young men in police custody had told police Friday night that "something bad happened."

Referring to that statement, a prosecution spokeswoman now says, "We neither confirm nor deny any information coming from other sources."

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