Family Stays Hopeful

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Despite a week of anxious waiting, relatives and friends of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway in Mountain Brook, Alabama, are trying to remain upbeat.

They're gathering for prayers and holding out hope that the Mississippi native who went missing on a senior class trip to Aruba would be found alive.

Holloway's father, Dave Holloway, is an insurance agent in Meridian. A prayer vigil was held Monday night at Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church in Meridian.

Natalee's aunt, Marcia Twitty, says Holloway's mother told her she just knows Natalee is alive and she's going to find her.

Finding Holloway and bringing her home is a sentiment expressed across the upscale suburban community of Mountain Brook, where yellow ribbons are attached to everything from mailboxes to automatic bank machines.

Businesses were redecorating windows with yellow items, a small way to show support. A handmade sign on the sidewalk outside of one says "Pray for Natalee."

And in Aruba, several hundred civil servants and tourists have joined in the search at the request of the Aruba government.

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