Holloway Family Waits and Hopes

For Meridian insurance agent Dave Holloway, this day is far from the norm. However, every day has been this way since his daughter Natalee disappeared last May in Aruba.

The Mountain Brook, Ala., teenager was last seen May 30, 2005, on the island while there on a graduation trip with some classmates.

For the next week to two weeks Aruban investigators will be in the U.S. interviewing the other students who were also on that trip.

"What they're doing now is closing some gaps," said Natalee's father, Dave Holloway of Meridian.

"From what I've heard, that there were just some holes in some of the students' statements that they just wanted to fill and from what I'm hearing they're just trying to lay a really solid foundation in order to move forward in this investigation against the three suspects," said Beth Holloway Twitty of Mountain Brook, just south of Birmingham.

The three suspects are Joran Van der Slott and two brothers, Deepak and Satish Kalpoe. All were arrested in the case and held for several weeks but never officially charged. All were released last year.

Natalee's family members say they are hopeful that this week's interviews in the U.S. will lead to a break in the case.

"Everything points back to the three suspects," said Holloway. "And when you get into a situation, if you finally charge someone, you don't want them to point the finger to someone else. I think that's the reason they're interviewing these kids, to paint the picture, plug the holes and make sure that there are not any more suspects."

"We hope that Aruba will show us they do have enforceable laws, such as perjury and obstruction of justice and rape," Twitty said. "You know, I think that we need to see that."

"Well, they've always given us hints that something would happen and it never did but hopefully something will happen by the end of this month," said Holloway.