"Natalee Ann Holloway (born October 21, 1986) disappeared on May 30, 2005, during a high school graduation trip to Aruba, a Caribbean country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The American student from Mountain Brooook, Alabama, Holloway graduated from Mountain Brook High School on May 24, 2005, shortly before the trip.
Her disappearance caused a media sensation in the United States. Holloway was scheduled to fly home later on May 30, but failed to appear for her flight. She was last seen by her classmates outside Carlos ‘n Charlie’s, a Caribbean chain restaurant and nightclub in Oranjestad, in a car with locals Joran van der Sloot and brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe.
When questioned, the three men said they dropped her off at her hotel and denied knowing what became of Holloway. Upon further investigation by authorities, Van der Sloot was arrested twice on suspicion of involvement in her disappearance and the Kalpoes were each arrested three times.
Due to lack of evidence the three men were released without charge after each arrest. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, Aruban investigators conducted an extensive search for Holloway. Special Agents from the FBI, fifty Dutch soldiers and three specially equipped Dutch Air Force F-16 aircraft participated in the search.
In addition to the ground search, divers examined the ocean floor for evidence of Holloway's body. The searches were unsuccessful, and according to Aruban authorities she is most likely dead. On December 18, 2007, Aruban prosecutors announced that the case would be closed without any charges sought against the former suspects.
The Aruban prosecutor's office reopened the case on February 1, 2008, after receiving video footage of Joran van der Sloot, under the influence of marijuana, making statements that Holloway died on the morning of May 30, 2005, and that he disposed of her body.
Van der Sloot later denied that what he said was true, and subsequently gave Greta Van Susteren an interview (the contents of which he later retracted) in which he stated that he sold Holloway into white slavery.
Holloway's family has criticized Aruban investigators throughout the search for a perceived lack of progress in finding her. The family also called for a boycott of Aruba, which gained Alabama Governor Bob Riley’s 's support but failed to gain widespread backing."
This is what Wikipedia has to say about Joran van der Sloot
"Natalee Holloway disappearance
Joran as well as brothers 21-year old Deepak Kalpoe and 18-year old Satish Kalpoe were arrested on June 9, 2005, as suspects in the disappearance of American Natalee Holloway on May 30, 2005.
The Kalpoes were released from custody on July 14, 2005, but were re-arrested on August 26, 2005, on suspicion of rape and murder while Joran remained in custody.
Van der Sloot and the Kalpoes were released on September 3, 2005, due to lack of evidence. Since September 6, 2005, Van der Sloot has resided in the Netherlands while attending college. When he was released, he was required to stay within Dutch territory pending the investigation.
On September 14, 2005, however, a higher court removed any restriction on him. On November 21, 2007, van der Sloot was re-arrested in Arnhem, Netherlands, simultaneously with the Kalpoe brothers in Aruba for "suspicion of involvement in voluntary manslaughter and causing serious bodily harm that resulted in the death of Natalee Holloway" because of what the Aruba prosecutor's office also stated is "new incriminating evidence" related to the vanishing of Holloway.
Van der Sloot was returned to Aruba November 23 and a court hearing on November 26 ruled to continue his detention for eight days. The Kalpoe brothers were released on December 1.
Joran van der Sloot was ordered released on December 7, 2007, and was released without charge the same day.
In 2008, an undercover video made as part of a Dutch TV show surfaced purporting to show Joran van der Sloot smoking marijuana and admitting to being present during Natalee's death. He seemed to suggest that she suffered some kind of seizure or heart failure after which an unnamed man loaded her on a boat and threw her into the sea.
Although the evidence appeared damning, Joran argued he was simply trying to impress the other individual present, whom he believed to be a drug dealer. The courts in Aruba determined the video was insufficient to warrant prosecution.
On February 11, 2010, Paulus van der Sloot, Joran's father and a prominent judge in Aruba, died of a heart attack at the age of 57 while playing tennis. Some claim that Paulus played a pivotal role in helping Joran escape prosecution in the death of Natalee Holloway.
Death of Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramírez
On May 30, 2010, on the five year anniversary of the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramírez, 21, was beaten and stabbed to death in the Hotel Tac Sac in the avenue Miraflores district in Lima, Peru.
Her body was discovered three days later on June 2, 2010. The room in which Ms. Flores Ramírez was discovered was booked in Joran van der Sloot's name where he had been staying since May 14, 2010.
A hotel guest and an employee have come forward to claim they saw van der Sloot and the victim entering his hotel room together and the police have video of the two together at the Atlantic City Casino in Lima the night before.
Police have stated Joran van der Sloot is the prime suspect in the murder investigation. Interpol has issued an international arrest warrant for van der Sloot and believe that he has fled the country into Chile and may be traveling to Argentina."
For those that do not familiar with legal terminology let me explain that, as per Carter-Ruck letter below:
when, related with Natalee Holloway's disappearance, where in the text is referred “…prosecutors announced that the case would be closed without any charges sought against the former suspects” and “Due to lack of evidence the three men were released without charge after each arrest.”, it basically means, as everyone knows, that: “…the (…) authorities confirmed that there was no evidence whatsoever to implicate…” the three men, in the case, the two brothers and Joran van der Sloot.
Update: According to IRONSIDE (and CNN) Mr. van der Sloot has been arrested. Now, we’ll see whatever does “WHATSOEVER” REALLY mean especially when preceded by a “no evidence”.
McCanns & Pals, DO PAY ATTENTION, this might "IMPLICATE" you...