Natalee Holloway Resource Center Opens

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

The Natalee Holloway Resource Center opened Tuesday in Washington, D.C.. Natalee's mother, Beth Holloway, said this has been a stressful time in her life, but she's confident something good will come from the new center.

A spokesman announced before the event that Beth could not comment on van der Sloot or Natalee's case.

She said Holloway is under an FBI directive not to discuss either her daughter's case or that of Stephany Flores. But Holloway did say her thoughts are with the grieving family.

And, please, let's all remind ourselves and keep the Flores family in our hearts and in our prayers, said Beth Holloway.

But unlike the Flores family, the Holloways have received no closure, no information about what happened to their daughter five years before Flores was found in van der Sloot's hotel room.

Natalee's father, Dave Holloway, who lives in Meridian, said van der Sloot should keep talking and finally let the world know what happened to his daughter in 2005.

In a phone interview with ABC's Good Morning America, Holloway said "He confessed to this one. I would like for him to tell everyone what happened." He added, "Hopefully this is his last victim."

Natalee's mother says she hopes other families will be able to get more answers faster with the help of the resource center.

"The Natalee Holloway Resource Center, the main focus is education and crime prevention in the event a loved one goes missing," said Beth Holloway. "The resource center can be the family's first stop for contact information, missing person poster development, and media engagement."

Back in Lima, the 22-year-old Dutchman reportedly told investigators he attacked Flores when she took his laptop.

Police say he tearfully admitted that Flores intruded into his private life. He told investigators that she had no right, that he confronted her and when she went to get away he grabbed her by the neck and hit her.

U.S. authorities have issued an arrest warrant for van der Sloot, saying $15,000 was wired to a bank in The Netherlands by someone in Alabama, allegedly for van der Sloot to provide information about what happened to Natalee Holloway.


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