New Developments in Aruba

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

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The prime minister of Aruba says the country's "number one goal" is finding a missing Alabama teenager.

Prime Minister Nelson Oduber says his government is working closely with U.S. authorities to solve the case of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway's disappearance. The Mountain Brook, Ala., girl has been missing for more than a week.

Aruban authorities arrested three men Thursday in connection with the case. Those arrested were two brothers from Suriname and a 17-year-old Dutch student who is the son of a high-ranking Dutch justice official.

Two other men are also in custody in connection with the case.

"Every day you think about, what if? What if she doesn't come home? You know, we get out and look and we eliminate possibilities and maybe we'll find her, or someone will find her, and that's the hope that you hang on to," said Natalee's father, Dave Holloway of Meridian.

Holloway disappeared while on a five-day trip to the island with more than 100 other high school graduates and seven chaperones. She never showed up for the group's return flight.


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