A lawyer representing Joran van der Sloot, who was previously detained as a suspect in the disappearance of Clinton, Miss., native Natalee Holloway, said Monday that his client does not know the individual arrested by Aruban authorities in the case.
Joseph Tacopina said the detention of a person identified only as "G.V.C." is good news for his client because it suggests the investigation is headed in a new direction. News sources have confirmed the name is Geoffrey von Cromvoirt.
Tacopina said "G.V.C" is being held because police recovered a T-shirt belonging to him with relevant forensic information from the south side of the Dutch Caribbean Island. The lawyer said he did not know details about the forensic information or how it related to the disappearance of Holloway.
The Mountain Brook native was last seen leaving a bar with Van der Sloot and two other young men May 30, 2005.
Van der Sloot, who now attends college in the Netherlands, has maintained that he left Holloway on a beach near her hotel and has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
Tacopina is defending van der Sloot in a civil suit filed by Holloway's parents in the United States.
Meanwhile, Natalee Holloway's relatives, including her mother, Beth Twitty, have said they don't know much about the latest arrest. Her father, Dave Holloway of Meridian, said he has been informed of the arrested person's identity but did not recognize the name.
The announcement that police made an arrest has also left many islanders wondering who the suspect is.