More Questions Raised in Aruba

By: Jim Hickey
By: Jim Hickey

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Monday was another day of questions without answers in Aruba. The family of Natalee Holloway looked on as police once again turned loose a man they had held in their investigation.

The search for the vanished Alabama teenager has now entered its fifth frustrating week.

Disc jockey Steve Gregory Croes was freed after a judge ruled that there was not enough evidence to hold him.

"I am innocent and I have a lot of faith in God, and I know that He won't let something like that happen to innocent people," said Croes.

His release follows that of Paul Van Der Sloot, a justice in training who left jail Sunday.

"I just want to go to my wife. That's the only thing I want," he said.

Van Der Sloot had been held since Thursday on suspicion he had collaborated with his teenage son. Joran Van Der Sloot still remains in custody, along with two friends, Surinamese brothers Satish and Deepak Kalpoe.

According to the siblings' attorney, the brothers have become increasingly angry with Joran, suggesting he's changed his story to investigators in an attempt to implicate them.

Natalee's family reacted strongly to the news of the senior Van Der Sloot's release.

"He had something to hide. He was actually telling his son not to say anything and I again say, that if you're telling the truth, there's only one story to tell," said Linda Allison, Natalee's aunt.

Volunteer divers from the Texas based EquuSearch continued to explore along the island's coastline.

"It's black water. You can't really see a lot," said Mark Janson, a diver.

The debris-filled water in Monday's search area posed a particular challenge to the divers.

Despite all efforts, the search for Natalee, who vanished May 30, has turned up no trace of the Alabama honor student and the daughter of Meridian, Miss. insurance agent Dave Holloway.


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