Natalee Holloway (born 1986) disappeared on May 30, 2005, during a high
school graduation trip to Aruba. The disappearance caused a media sensation
in the United States. She was last seen by her classmates outside Carlos'n
Charlie's, a Caribbean chain restaurant and nightclub in Oranjestad, with
locals Joran van der Sloot and brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe. When
questioned, the three men denied knowing what became of Holloway. Upon
further investigation by authorities, Van der Sloot was arrested twice on
suspicion of involvement in her disappearance, and the Kalpoes were each
arrested three times. Due to lack of evidence, the three men were released
without charge after each arrest. With the help of hundreds of volunteers,
Aruban investigators conducted an extensive search for Holloway. The
searches were unsuccessful, and according to Aruban authorities she is most
likely dead. On December 18, 2007, Aruban prosecutors announced that the
case would be closed without any charges sought against the former suspects.
The Aruban prosecutor's office reopened the case on February 1, 2008, after
receiving video footage of Joran van der Sloot, under the influence of
marijuana, making statements that Holloway died on the morning of May 30,
2005, and that her body was disposed of. Van der Sloot has since denied that
what he said was true. Holloway's family has criticized Aruban investigators
throughout the search for a perceived lack of progress in finding her.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Napoleonic Wars: The British Royal Navy led by Lord Nelson defeated
Pierre-Charles Villeneuve and his combined French and Spanish navy at the
Battle of Trafalgar off the coast of Spain's Cape Trafalgar.
Florence Nightingale and a staff of 38 nurses were sent to the Crimean War.
French composer Jacques Offenbach's operetta Orpheus in the Underworld,
featuring the can-can, was first performed at the Théâtre des Bouffes
Parisiens in Paris.
Siad Barre became President after a military coup in Somalia.
After reporting contact with an unidentified aircraft, Frederick Valentich
disappeared in unexplained circumstances while piloting a Cessna 182L light
aircraft over the Bass Strait to King Island, Australia.
Wiktionary's Word of the day:
consequently: (adv) As a result or consequence of something.
Wikiquote of the day:
You must not change one thing, one pebble, one grain of sand, until you know
what good and evil will follow on that act. The world is in balance, in
Equilibrium. A wizard's power of Changing and Summoning can shake the
balance of the world. It is dangerous, that power. It is most perilous. It
must follow knowledge, and serve need. To light a candle is to cast a
--Ursula K. Le Guin