Latest Suspect in Holloway Case Released

Latest Suspect in Holloway Case Released
Natalee Holloway
Courtesy of Beth Twitty/AP

updated 05/23/2006 at 09:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/23/2006 09:00AM

A man arrested Wednesday in the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba was let go on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

The release of the suspect, identified only as Guido W. because of Dutch privacy laws, means he will not be extradited from the Netherlands to Aruba, said Dutch court official Martine de Bruijn.

According to CNN, Guido Wever, 19, remains a suspect in Holloway's disappearance and must remain available for questioning.

Wever's lawyer, Gerard Spong, told Dutch TV there was not enough evidence to hold his client, who he said was working as a croupier at the hotel casino where Holloway, an 18-year-old Alabama native, was staying at the time of her May 2005 disappearance.

A spokesman for the Dutch national prosecutor's office declined to comment to the AP, saying the case was in the hands of the Aruba public prosecutor.

Shortly after the suspect's arrest, Spong said, "My client is indicted of murder and manslaughter. He has never met (Holloway). He claims that he has never seen her and he claims that he is completely innocent."

Holloway's mother, Beth Twitty, said she and her family were trying not to be overly optimistic: "With each arrest and question and release, we have been totally just been devastated numerous times during the investigation, so we really have to just stop, take a minute and see what happens."

According to CNN, Wever's arrest was the tenth made in the case. All the suspects have been released for lack of evidence.

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