It's the true crime case that dominated the press in 2005. Natalee Holloway, 18, disappeared while on vacation with her friends in Aruba, celebrating her high school graduation. In 2012, she was declared legally dead, though her body was never found.
Now, with the new Oxygen series The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway debuting on Saturday, Aug. 19, viewers still have many unanswered questions about the disturbing case that rocked the nation. What happened to Natalee Holloway? Who is her alleged killer? Did investigators ever find out how she died?
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If you're looking for the answers to these questions, look no further. Keep reading to find out what happened to Natalee Holloway and everything else you need to know about the mysterious case leading up to the premiere of Oxygen's latest true crime show.
The 18-year-old student was last seen leaving a bar in Aruba with Joran van der Sloot. The now 29-year-old Dutch man was convicted of killing Stephany Flores Ramírez in Peru in 2010 and is currently serving 28 years in Prison in Peru for her murder.
Though Natalee's body has never been found and van Der Sloot has never been tried in relation to Natalee's case, it is thought by many that he murdered her. Throughout the years, several videos of van Der Sloot confessing to her murder have surfaced, though many have chalked it up to a "publicity stunt." Natalee was pronounced "dead by absentia" seven years after she went missing.
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Natalee's brother Matt Holloway is the only other child of Beth and Dave Holloway, who divorced years before Natalee's disappearance. Matt was 16 years old when Natalee vanished from the Caribbean island. In 2014, Matt welcomed a baby girl named Rylee, the only grandchild of Beth and Dave.
The prospective college student went missing on May 30, 2005. Her body was never found and she was eventually declared "dead in absentia" in 2012.
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Beth has worked as a motivational speaker since Natalee's disappearance and also manages a horse ranch in Montana. She remarried George "Jug" Twitty in 2000 but the couple divorced one year after Natalee's disappearance. George cited that they, had "such a complete incompatibility of temperament that the parties can no longer live together."
On the 10-year anniversary of Natalee's disappearance, Beth appeared on the TODAY show. "Where I am today is in a good place," she said. "I've been able to redefine my life, and I've been able to find joy and happiness through my son, through my son's new family, and my work, so I think I'm in a good place now."
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Beth Holloway at the 2010 launch of the Natalee Holloway Resource Center in Washington, DC. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
In 2010, Beth snuck into the Peruvian prison in which Joran van Der Sloot is serving a 28-year sentence for murdering Stefany Flores. While behind bars in Peru, van Der Sloot confessed to Natalee's murder, though he has never been charged in Natalee's disappearance.
"Justice is being served for Stephany Flores, thank God," Beth said. "And he is in prison in Peru. But justice has not been served for Natalee. That would be justice to me, to see him serve prison time in the United States. That would be justice for Natalee."
Justice for Natalee Holloway is the Lifetime Original Movie based on the true story of Natalee's mysterious disappearance. While it's not available to stream on Netflix, subscribers with a DVD plan can rent the disc for free.
Though she was born in Mississippi in 1986, Natalee attended high school in Alabama. In 2005, she graduated from Mountain Brook High School with honors.
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Natalie was set to start her freshman year at the University of Alabama in the fall of 2005. Natalee, who had a full scholarship, had plans of majoring in pre-med and rushing for a sorority. Though she hadn't pledged at the time of her disappearance, sororities and fraternities at UoA hung yellow ribbons around campus on the first day of the semester in remembrance of Natalee.
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