A judge has ruled Natalee Holloway dead, more than six years after she vanished in Aruba during a high school graduation trip.
With both of her parents present in the courtroom, Judge Alan King said he would sign an order to allow Holloways’ death certificate to be issued.
From CBS News:
“We’ve been dealing with her death for the last six and a half years,” Dave Holloway said after a brief hearing. He said the judge’s order closes one chapter in a long ordeal, but added: “We’ve still got a long way to go to get justice.
Natalee Holloway disappeared in Aruba on May 30, 2005. The 18-year-old was last seen leaving a bar early that morning with a young Dutchman, Joran van der Sloot. Her body was never found and the ensuing searches for the young woman would reap intense media scrutiny and worldwide attention.