Gov. Haley Barbour says he will not encourage Mississippians to boycott travel to Aruba to protest the way officials there have handled the disappearance of missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway.
Holloway had attended junior high school in Clinton, Miss., and her father lives in Meridian. She disappeared while on a senior trip to the Dutch Caribbean island.
Barbour, speaking to the editorial board of The Meridian Star on Tuesday, said he does not believe a tourist boycott of the island is the right means to an end.
So far, the governors of Alabama, Arkansas and Georgia have urged their citizens not to travel to Aruba until authorities cooperate more fully with the Holloway family.
Dave Holloway, the father of the missing teenager, says he is disappointed in the governor's stand. Barbour says his office is doing what it can to support the Holloway family.
Three men were questioned in Natalee Holloway's disappearance, but they were later released without being charged.
Beth Holloway Twitty, Natalee's mother and a Birmingham, Ala., resident, is originally from Arkansas. Dave Holloway graduated from high school in Jonesboro, Ark.