A Pennsylvania couple have just released an underwater photo from their recent diving trip in Aruba, which appears to be skeletal remains — they believe could be that of missing American teen Natalee Holloway.
“We only discovered it after we got the film developed,” said Patti Muldowney “You can see a fish. You can see some rocks. And then you can see this body lying on its back, facing up,” said her husband, John Muldowney.
Holloway was last seen on May 30, 2005, during her high school’s graduation trip to the Dutch Caribbean island. Her classmates reported seeing her leave the Carlos ‘n Charlie’s in the capital city of Oranjestad. The Muldowneys were on a seven-day cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Adventure Of The Seas, whose first port was Oranjestad.
The Muldowneys have forwarded copies of the photo to the FBI field office in Philadelphia. The FBI in Philadelphia sent the picture to its senior investigators who work in the Caribbean. “We did receive that photo, and it was sent to the lead agent down in Miami who handles that area in the Caribbean,” said Special Agent Frank Burton Jr., a spokesman for the FBI’s field office in Philadelphia.
I just got off the phone with Natalee’s father, Dave Holloway. He said Muldowney contacted him and sent him a copy of the picture, but Dave doesn’t have much faith in the picture. “I just don’t believe it’s her.” He has already been contacted by TV shows like Nancy Grace to appear live tonight, but he turned down the offer. “I can’t react everytime somebody thinks they my have found something.” Although, he does welcome a full investigation into the photo to rule it out or prove that it is her. “To me it looks like a rock formation.” Sadly, Dave’s been through this scenario before, so he doesn’t get his hopes up.
Joran Van Der Sloot, who is suspected in Natalee’s disappearance but has never been charged, recently came forward in a TV interview and said Natalee fell from a balcony, and died and he put her body in a swampy area. This is one of several completely different versions he has concocted over the years. Sadly, he has profited from the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.
I have sent the picture to renowned Forensic Pathologist Dr. Michael Baden, and I forwarded it to Tim Miller from Texas EquuSsearch who continues to work on the case for Natalee’s parents. I will post their thoughts on it after they have time to examine it.