Father of Dutch Teen Arrested

By: Jim Hickey
By: Jim Hickey

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Aruban police Thursday arrested a fifth suspect in the case of Natalee Holloway, the missing teenager from Mountain Brook, Ala., a Mississippi native and the daughter of Dave Holloway of Meridian.

Aruban authorities are now holding Paul van der Sloot, an Aruban judicial official, the father of one of four other suspects. He was taken into custody at his home Thursday, but his wife said officials gave no explanation for his detention.

Holloway vanished May 30 while on a high school graduation trip to the island.

Van der Sloot's 17-year-old son, Joran, has been the focus of the investigation since his arrest on June 9. Although his mother had been allowed to visit him in jail, authorities had denied contact with his father, fearing it would jeopardize the case.

Two of Joran van der Sloot's friends, Surinamese brothers who were with him the night Holloway disappeared, are also in custody. And Steven Gregory Croes, a tourist party boat disc jockey is also being held.

All five suspects are being held for questioning, but no criminal charges have been filed against anyone. Aruban law allows suspects to be held without charges for up to three months.

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