natalee holloway remains

It’s been 12 years since Natalee Holloway disappeared while on a high school trip to Aruba, but her father hasn’t given up hope on finding out what happened to his daughter – and he may have just made a discovery that could crack the entire case wide open.

Dave Holloway and private investigator T.J. Ward announced on the Today Show Wednesday that they discovered human remains in Aruba, and they’re waiting on DNA evidence to confirm if they’re Natalee’s:

“When we determined these remains were human, I was shocked,” Holloway told Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. “I know there’s a possibility this could be someone else, and I’m just trying to wait and see.”


“We’ve chased a lot of leads and this one is by far the most credible lead I’ve seen in the last 12 years,” Holloway said.

Holloway says that an informant by the name of “Gabriel” put him and Ward in contact with a man who claims he was “directly involved with Joran van der Sloot in disposing of Natalee’s remains.” The informant then led them to an unspecified location behind a house in Aruba where they subsequently found the remains. If the remains are indeed Natalee’s, her father hopes that it will finally bring the closure he’s looking for.

A new Oxygen series following Holloway and Ward’s investigation will premiere this Saturday, Aug. 19.

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