New Witness: I Saw Fate of Natalee Holloway

Dutchman Jurrien de Jong says he saw suspect dispose of her body
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2015 2:18 PM CDT
New Witness: I Saw Fate of Natalee Holloway
In this Jan. 11, 2012 file photo, Joran van der Sloot looks back from his seat after entering the courtroom for the continuation of his murder trial at San Pedro prison in Lima, Peru.   (AP Photo/Karel Navarro, File)

On the night of May 30, 2005, Natalee Holloway ran onto a construction site with suspect Joran van der Sloot hot at her heels—and only five minutes later she was dead, according to a man who claims to be an eyewitness. But he says investigators won't take his story seriously, WTVR reports. Dutchman Jurrien de Jong, 59, tells Inside Edition that van der Sloot chased Holloway onto the Aruba construction site: "In about five minutes, he came out with Natalee in his arms and slammed the body of Natalee on the floor," he says, "and then he made an opening in a crawl space … I knew she was dead." De Jong says he didn't speak up at the time because he was doing illegal things himself. Earlier this year, he told the NL Times that he liked visiting the Marriott Hotel construction site for drug-related activities.

After seeing a 2008 TV report on the case, de Jong sent anonymous notes to investigators (which were apparently ignored) and later visited the site. He concluded that Holloway—stuffed into a crawl space by van der Sloot—was buried under a staircase at Marriott's Spyglass Tower. De Jong even tried peeking inside by drilling into the hotel's floor. He also wrote to the victim's father, Dave Holloway, who's now in Aruba with a cadaver dog and investigator probing de Jong's claims. Holloway told de Jong's story to Aruba's Chief Prosecutor Peter Blanken, who dismissed the account because it failed to describe the difference in height between van der Sloot and Holloway. Van der Sloot has denied any involvement in Holloway's disappearance, People notes, and is currently serving 28 years in Peru for the murder of Stephany Flores. (Read more murder stories.)

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