Parents Make Plea for Help

By: Aisha Greer and The Associated Press
By: Aisha Greer and The Associated Press

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Natalee Holloway's parents are calling for more U.S. help to find the 18-year-old who vanished in Aruba Monday.

Police and volunteers are scouring beaches and scrubland on the island for a fifth day.

Dave Holloway and Beth Holloway Twitty told reporters the family wants the Dutch government to officially request more direct help.

Aruba police and Dutch military are leading the search, with help from FBI agents.

Twitty says everyone has "a common goal to find Natalee" and bring her home. She choked up and left the room in tears after finishing the statement.

The Mississippi native was on a five-day excursion with fellow seniors and chaperones from Mountain Brook, Ala., High School.

Meanwhile, many in Meridian are keeping the Holloway family in their prayers for Natalee's safe return.

Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church, where Dave Holloway is a member, will have a prayer vigil Monday at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to the church at 4032 Poplar Springs Drive in Meridian.

Minister of education, the Rev. Glen Jackson said everyone is praying that the vigil will turn into a praise service, with Natalee being found safe and returned home.

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