Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Natalee Holloway's Mom Keeps Focus on Action, Not Anniversary - AOL News

Natalee Holloway's Mom Keeps Focus on Action, Not Anniversary - AOL News

(June 1) -- This past spring, like so many others before it, has been a difficult one for Beth Holloway. But she's never given up hope of finding her daughter Natalee, who disappeared five years ago this May, and she continues to devote time to helping others along the way.

"[I've] made it my life's work every day to represent Natalee to speak on behalf of her," Holloway said in an interview on the "Today" show on Sunday, the anniversary of her daughter's disappearance.
Beth Holloway, the mother of American teenager Natalee Holloway, who went missing in Aruba last year,  speaks with reporters after she spoke to students at Lonoke High School, Monday, May 22, 2006.
Mike Wintroath, AP
Beth Holloway, the mother of Natalee Holloway, who has been missing for five years, said this weekend that she still has hope she will one day know what happened to her daughter.

"I know, five years -- it is hard to imagine it has been that long. But I still feel that there is a potential for information ... to come, so I still have hope that at some point we will have [answers]," Holloway said.

Natalee Holloway, 18, from Mountain Brook, Ala., disappeared May 30, 2005, while on a trip to Aruba to celebrate her high school graduation. Her body has never been found.

Holloway's classmates said they last saw her leaving an Oranjestad nightclub called Carlos 'n Charlie's with Joran van der Sloot, then a 17-year-old Dutch honors student living in Aruba, and his two friends, Surinamese brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe. All three young men were arrested, but they were released without charge.

From the outset, van der Sloot allegedly has made multiple confessions in the case, each varying significantly. As a result, Aruban prosecutors have deemed them a mixture of "lies and fantasy" and have decided not to take action against him.

Beth Holloway said she puts little stock in van der Sloot's individual confessions -- the latest of which came to light in February -- and pays more attention to the one constant detail that can be found in each of them.

"[He] has always placed himself as the last person seen with Natalee alive. ... So that is our one continuous thread," Holloway said.

Holloway has also had to deal with a lot of false hopes in her daughter's case. The numerous searches in Aruba all ended without turning up new clues, while other incidents -- such as false sightings and a recent underwater search prompted by a photograph of possible human remains -- have compounded the disappointment.

But rather than dwell on details of the case, which she has no control over, Holloway is focused on her recent partnership with Mayday 360, a company that helps families in crisis, and the launching of the Natalee Holloway Resource Center in Washington, D.C. Those two projects, she said, have helped her redefine her life.

The Natalee Holloway Resource Center website is still under construction; however, its welcome page states that the nonprofit's focus will be on educational programs, safe travel and crime prevention, along with support for families of missing persons.

"The NHRC also provides families of missing persons with an action plan, missing poster templates, contacts, resources and handles press releases and media reach," the website reads.

The resource center, which is scheduled to open June 8, will be located in the National Museum of Crime and Punishment in downtown Washington.

"In creating this organization, we hope to prevent as many missing-person cases as possible," Holloway said.

Holloway said she will also continue to visit high schools and colleges to educate students about the dangers of overseas travel and to remind them of Natalee's story.

So while each year that goes by is difficult, Holloway says the anniversary of her daughter's disappearance is no more significant than any other day she has faced since Natalee disappeared.

"I try not to get too caught up in a specific mark," Holloway said.


Anonymous said...

today they link this Holland kid with the death of a peruvian girl. this happened in Peru where this kid was there. Hope now there will be a link with these two death

Anonymous said...

Just heard the news. Said story... http://www.wasdag.nl/het-salon/2010/6/2/joran-the-killing-dutchman.html

LaNita said...


I think it's amazing how Beth Halloway has been actively educating students about the dangers of traveling abroad. Here's a video you might find interesting http://activelyaware.blogspot.com/2010/06/natalee-holloways-mom-keeps-focus-on.html

It's a Newsy.com video that analyzes news media perspectives of Joran Van der Hoot's involvement in the Halloway murder as well as the recent murder of a young Peruvian woman. Hopefully, you might consider embedding the video in a post.

Newsy.com videos analyze and synthesize news coverage of important global issues from multiple sources. Its unique method of presenting how different media outlets are covering a story provides context to help viewers understand complex global issues.

Please contact me if you decide to post the video or if you have any questions,

LaNita Williams