Accidental Death Not Ruled Out in Case of Missing Teen in Aruba

JUNE 8, 2005 - Posted at 7:52 a.m. CDT

ORANJESTAD, ARUBA - Authorities on the Caribbean island of Aruba say two men arrested in the case of a missing girl with Region 8 ties have not been charged with any crime.  Police said yesterday that accidental death has not been ruled out in the disappearance of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway of Alabama.

But a lawyer for the two men says they are being investigated for murder.

Holloway's father, Dave Holloway, is a Jonesboro native and Westside High School graduate who now lives in Mississippi.  He is in Aruba to help with the search for his daughter.  The teenager has other family members living in Craighead County, as well as El Dorado and Pine Bluff.  Meanwhile, the girl's aunt, Linda Allison of Jonesboro, and her uncle, Jonesboro firefighter Steve Holloway, both left Jonesboro on Monday to join other family members searching in Aruba.

In an important reversal, officials said the two arrested men have not been charged as had been announced previously.  Attorney general spokeswoman Vivian VanDer Biezan said authorities initially mis-spoke while trying to explain the situation to foreign reporters in English, a second language in the Dutch territory.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)