Headlines screaming “Natalee Holloway’s body found” could be coming, but right now it is just a question in regards to a jawbone that has been found by tourists. On Friday a lower jawbone with an intact molar was found by tourists walking a beach in Aruba, and it was then sent to investigators to try and find its origin.
According to ABC News, a Dutch forensics team is now in possession of the bone, and is waiting for the approval of an Aruban prosecutor to begin tests on the bone fragment. The bone is now at the Netherlands Forensic Institute, and they have in their hands the technology to figure out if the bone did indeed belong to Holloway.
With an intact molar, the forensic team could compare it to Holloway’s teeth, in addition to doing a DNA test to figure out if they have a match. There was no revelation about how long doing these tests would take, or how long they must wait before getting approval to go ahead with the tests. It’s also not a clear-cut case that these are the remains that they are looking for in the first place.
It is definitely a stretch to assume at this time that Natalee Holloway has been found, or that the bone fragment came from the missing girl. Holloway has now been missing for more than five years after vanished from a school trip in Aruba. There have been many rumors, tons of conjecture, and many suspects in the case over the years, but nobody has been convicted in her disappearance. There are still many questions about what went on that fateful night, and some of them may never be answered.
If this bone fragment were proven to be from Holloway, it might provide some closure to her family and friends, but it could also lead to the unwanted confirmation that Holloway has indeed been killed.