Natalee Holloway's Father Calls on Mississippi to Join Boycott of Aruba

DECEMBER 7, 2005 - Posted at 4:13 p.m. CST

MERIDIAN, MS - The father of Natalee Holloway is urging Mississippi to join a travel boycott of Aruba.

Craighead County native Dave Holloway says he's called the governor's office to urge Governor Haley Barbour to join Alabama Governor Bob Riley and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee in the boycott.

The effort is to protest the way Aruban officials have handled the disappearance of Holloway's daughter, an Alabama teenager and Mississippi native who went missing in May.

A spokesman for Barbour says the governor hasn't had time to consider the boycott.  The spokesman says Barbour has been busy dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, but will look into the issue.

Riley initially called for the boycott because he said he's concerned because the Aruban investigation has produced no results in the case.  Holloway, who was 18, disappeared during a high school graduation trip to the island on May 30.

Riley says he's not convinced everything possible is being done to solve the case.

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