Witness Appears in Court

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The witness who claims to have seen a suspect and two friends with Natalee Holloway the night she disappeared in Aruba appeared to give sworn testimony in court Monday. Police had said earlier that the man might have fled the country.

The 18-year-old Holloway is a Mississippi native and the daughter of Dave Holloway of Meridian. She disappeared while on a senior trip to Aruba.

The witness's name has not been disclosed. He told police last month that he saw Joran van der Sloot and two Surinamese brothers driving near the Marriott Hotel around 2:30 a.m. on May 30.

Van der Sloot is an 18-year-old Dutch high school student who has been detained in the case.

Van der Sloot has admitted he was alone with Holloway that night, but said he left the 18-year-old from Mountain Brook, Ala., unharmed at a beach near the Marriott Hotel.


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