Natalee Ann Holloway (born October 21, 1986) was an American teenager who made international news after she vanished on May 30, 2005, while on a high school graduation trip to Aruba, a Dutch island in the Caribbean.
Police Commissioner Gerold Dompig, who headed the investigation from mid-2005 until 2006, described the behavior of the Mountain Brook students, stating there was "wild partying, a lot of drinking, lots of room switching every night.
We know the Holiday Inn told them they weren't welcome next year. We have statements she started every morning with cocktails—so much drinking that Natalee didn't show up for breakfast two mornings".
The family also called for a boycott of Aruba, which gained Alabama Governor Bob Riley's support but failed to gain widespread backing.
Her parents divorced in 1993, and she and her younger brother Matthew were raised by their mother.
The Aruban prosecutor's office reopened the case on February 1, 2008, after receiving video footage of Van der Sloot under the influence of marijuana, saying that Holloway died on the morning of May 30, 2005, and that a friend had disposed of her body.
Holloway's parents criticized Aruban police for a lack of progress in the investigation and questioning of the three men last seen with her.
She later attended Arkansas State University receiving a Master’s degree in speech pathology.
The speech pathologist and motivational speaker also worked as a teacher of special needs children.
She told NBC, during an interview last year, In 2010 Dutch citizen, Joran van der Sloot, promised to lead the Holloway’s to their daughter’s body in exchange for ,000. Reports say, he admitted to an undercover reporter he is guilty and added “I think that was on of the worst police investigation that ever took place!
Instead, he took off with the loot and fled to Peru.
In 2000, Beth married George "Jug" Twitty, a prominent Alabama businessman, and Natalee moved to Mountain Brook, Alabama.