Natalee Holloway missing 10 years

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Saturday marks 10 years since Natalee Holloway vanished in Aruba.

Joran Van Der Sloot was the last person seen with her. He was arrested twice and released twice before being imprisoned for the murder of another woman.

Now, a new witness has come forward, claiming he knows what happened to the Mountain Brook teen.

Martin Savidge is in Aruba with the latest on this investigation. Savidge is in Aruba with the latest on this investigation.

Jurrien De Jong said he is something the Natalee Holloway case has never had: an eyewitness.

Savidge: “You were the last person to see Natalee alive?”

De Jong: “Yes”

Savidge: “So where have you been? Because it’s been ten years….”

De Yong isn’t new, he’s been speaking out for years. In 2008 he even called Natalee’s father and said, “she’s on land and I know where her body is hidden.”

“My initial thought was this is another crazy,” said Dave Holloway.

He’s gone to the police numerous times and even given a sworn statement.

Savidge: “And what happened?”

De Jong: “Nothing.”

Here’s De Jong’s version. On the night Natalee Holloway vanished, De Jong said he was doing something illegal at a construction site. He won’t say what, but around 2 a.m. he said he saw a young man, who he later identified as Jordan Van Der Sloot, chasing a young woman into the site.

De Jong: “Yeah I thought first in a playful way, like, ‘Oh I’m going to get you.’”

He said the couple disappeared into a small section of construction.

De Jong: “But after five minutes I’d say, he came out with her in his arms.”

And it was what he saw the man do, that told De Jong the woman was dead.

“And you know, he really slammed her like (sound effect) and then you don’t start hiding this person in the crawl space,” said De Jong.

Joran Van Der Sloot is serving 28 years in Peru for the murder of a young woman. He’s never been charged in the Natalee Holloway case.

Now, De Jong’s testimony seems to practically solve the mystery of what happened to Natalee. And nearly 10 years after she disappeared, authorities have finally got around to investigating it.

“I don’t know if he’s lying I only say his statement can’t be true,” said Eric Olthof, Prosecutor in Aruba.

That construction site in 2005 is now a 12 story hotel owned by Marriott and the prosecutor said Marriott informed him at the time Natalee vanished, there was no construction.

“When there’s no construction Natalee Holloway can’t be buried in the crawl space under the foundation,” said Olthof.

Dave Holloway thinks that Marriott could possibly be wrong about those construction dates. Holloway led a number of searches for his daughter on Aruba and he remembers the place.

“I was there on June 1 and there was definitely construction in that area. June 1, 2005,” said Holloway.

A Google Earth view from June 2005, a short time after Natalee vanished, appears to show a construction site and the fuzzy shapes of structures. We asked Marriott for clarification. But in a statement the company made no mention of the building, saying only, “as we have done all along, we cooperate fully with authorities whenever they are conducting an official investigation.”

“What he is describing in his story matches what’s physically there at the time. I’m thinking this could be something and that’s something that really needs to be looked at closer,” said Holloway.

Holloway wants a search, but authorities say that’s not going to happen.

“That’s useless to search there with a cadaver dog or drilling or whatever, one thing will be sure, she’s not lying there. She can’t be lying there,” said Olthof.

Because he said that would give false hope to both the family and the many people that have followed this story, and he said she simply is not there.

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