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Vigil Held for Teen Missing in Aruba, Two Suspects Arrested

JUNE 6, 2005 - Posted at 7:51 a.m. CDT, updated at 8:06 a.m. CDT

 

ORANJESTAD, ARUBA - At least 70 people showed up for a prayer vigil in Aruba last night for the teenage daughter of a Jonesboro native, who disappeared on the tranquil tropical island last week.

They gathered at a lighthouse on Aruba's gusty northwest point to pray for the safe return of 18-year-old honors student Natalee Holloway.  Holloway is from Alabama, but her father grew up in the Jonesboro and Bono area, and now lives in Mississippi.  She also has several family members living in Craighead County.

Aruban authorities charged two men in connection with Holloway's disappearance yesterday.  She was celebrating her graduation with a five-day trip to the Dutch Caribbean island with more than 100 classmates.

Attorney General Caren Janssen declined to provide the specific charges, saying the case will go before a local judge within 48 hours to determine whether the suspects can be legally held.

Meanwhile, ABC News is now reporting that FBI divers are to arrive on Aruba today to assist in the search for the girl.

Many feared the worst when authorities announced they had found a blood-soaked mattress at a beach in eastern Aruba.  But it turned out to be blood from a dead dog found nearby.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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