holloway disappearance

Case #22 - Natalee Holloway

Along with over a hundred high school graduates, multiple chaperones presided over an unofficial senior trip to the island of Aruba, however for the return plane ride home, cheerleader Natalee Holloway failed to check in with supervisors. Like most celebratory events, there had been nonstop alcohol consumption from all of the underage students, but she was known as an intense partygoer with a severe drinking problem. The last reported sighting was of her leaving a bar with three men, abandoning a packed suitcase waiting at the hotel and a lifetime of achievements; she had recently been accepted to the University of Alabama with a full scholarship.

Joran van der Sloot was identified via video camera accompanied by a pair of brothers, Satish and Deepak Kelpoe. According to the original story, the boys had dropped off Holloway at the hotel, where she reportedly exited in an intoxicated state, falling over multiple times. No records appear of her entering the building, and an immediate rescue search took place across the country, false leads coming forward in great abundance as blood samples were misidentified and persons of interest plentiful.

Guards incriminated by the initial suspects were detained before Van der Sloot and the Kelpoes ended up behind bars for an alleged murder. Pressure to find out the truth from the family ended up prematurely closing a surveillance taping of their houses, phones, and other devices. The account then changed again, this time claiming Holloway was abandoned on a nearby beach when she requested to see the sharks, new details of sexual escapades between the group revealed. No convictions seemed to stick, although police were determined everyone was involved.

All accused were later freed, new arrests being made each year until Van der Sloot admitted wild accusations in interviews such as that she was sold into sexual slavery, even offering the location of the body, which turned out to be a false claim. On the fifth anniversary of her disappearance, he killed a woman who attempted to access information on Joran’s personal computer about the case. Natalee Holloway was declared legally dead the following year in light of the recent homicide.

Amy Lynn Bradley (born May 12, 1974) is an American citizen who went missing during a Caribbean cruise on the Royal Caribbean International cruise ship Rhapsody of the Seas.

At 5:30am on March 24, 1998, Amy’s brother left his sister sitting on the outdoor balcony and entered his cabin. She was seen a short time later by other passengers riding in the ship’s elevator with a member of the ship’s band, Blue Orchid.

The ship was en route to Curaçao, Antilles at the time she was last seen. The ship docked in Curaçao shortly after she was discovered missing. Extensive searches on the ship and at sea produced no signs of her whereabouts.

Police investigated and discarded many theories regarding her disappearance. It is regarded as unlikely that she fell overboard and drowned, given that she was a trained lifeguard and the ship was close to shore at the time of her disappearance.

It is also considered unlikely that she voluntarily disappeared to start a new life. She had recently graduated from college and was anticipating starting a new job after she returned to her home in Chesterfield County, Virginia.

There were possible sightings of Bradley in Curaçao in 1998 and 1999. Two Canadian tourists reported seeing a woman resembling Amy on a beach in Curaçao in 1998. The woman’s tattoos were reportedly identical to Bradley’s. She has a Tasmanian Devil spinning a basketball tattoo on her shoulder, the sun on her lower back, a Chinese symbol on her right ankle, and a Gecko lizard on her navel. She also has a navel ring.

In 1999 an American sailor reported that he went to a brothel on Curaçao and was approached by a young woman. She told him her name was Amy Bradley and asked for his help. At this point, two men in the bar escorted her upstairs. By the time the witness reported this to police several months later, the brothel had burned down.

She was also potentially spotted in 2005, when a witness claimed she was seen in a department store restroom in Barbados.

An image of a young woman resembling Bradley that was emailed to her parents was shown on the Dr. Phil show, and it suggests that she may have been sold into sexual slavery.

There is a $250,000 reward for information leading to Bradley’s return. Her case has been featured by America’s Most Wanted and by the television show Vanished.

Renewed attention was paid to her case after the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in 2005.


Natalee Holloway was enjoying a high school graduation trip to Aruba when she mysteriously disappeared on the 30th of May 2005.  Holloway was last seen after a night out at a bar, getting into a car with Aruban locals Joran Van Der Sloot and brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe, who claimed that they dropped Holloway of at her hotel later that night. Each male, aged 17,21 and 18 respectively, was arrested multiple times in connection with Hollway’s disappearance, but all were released due to lack of evidence, and the case was closed with no charges in 2007.  However, the case was reopened a year later, after video footage of Van Der Sloot emerged confessing that Holloway had died on the 30th of May, and a friend had disposed of her body.  Van Der Sloot also claimed later that he had sold Holloway into slavery, but retracted both confessions and again faced no convictions related to her disappearance.

Despite extensive searches both on land and sea, Holloway’s body has never been recovered, and she was declared legally dead in 2012.  Van Der Sloot was charged with the murder of Peruvian business student Stephanie Flores Ramirez in 2010, and is currently serving a 28 year prison sentence.

Joran van der Sloot is an inmate currently imprisoned at Piedras Gordas prison in Peru. Here he is serving a 28 year sentence for the brutal murder of Stephany Flores Ramirez, who he had bludgeoned to death in a hotel room on 30 May, 2010.
Exactly five years previous to Stephany’s murder, Natalee Holloway disappeared whilst on a trip with her high school to Aruba. Van der Sloot was the prime suspect in Natalee’s disappearance and is widely believed to be responsible for her disappearance.
In 2008, an undercover video was released on Dutch television. In the video Van der Sloot confessed that he had been present at the time of Natalee’s death and that he had called a friend to dump her body in the sea. Van der Sloot chillingly remarked, “she’ll never be found.”
In 2010, Van der Sloot made an offer to John Kelly, Natalee’s mother’s legal representative. For $250,000 Van der Sloot would reveal the location of Natalee’s body. Kelly met with Van der Sloot in Aruba, only to be lied to and given a false location.
In 2012, Natalee Holloway was pronounced legally dead and to this day no solid evidence has ever been discovered in order to charge Van der Sloot with Natalee’s presumed murder.