Police Release Judge in Aruba Teen Case
Police in Aruba investigating the mysterious disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway on Sunday released the father of a Dutch suspect arrested in the case, as well as a party-boat disc jockey who was also being held for questioning.
In the case of Paul van der Sloot, 53, a high-ranking justice official on the Dutch Caribbean island, an examining magistrate cited a lack of evidence to justify holding him any longer, his lawyer told reporters. Van der Sloot, 53, had been arrested on Thursday as a suspect. His 17-year-old son, Joran van der Sloot, is still being held in the case.
"A little bit of the nightmare clouds are now disappearing," said van der Sloot's wife, Anita, the Associated Press reports.
DJ Steven Gregory Croes also did not have sufficient evidence against him, authorities said.
Croes, 26, was one of five people held in the case of the 18-year-old honors student, who was last seen in the early hours of May 30. No one has been charged, including the last person reportedly seen with her, Joran van der Sloot.
A specialist company from Texas hired by Holloway's family has joined local officers and experts from the Netherlands in the search, which, so far, has been fruitless.
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