Friday, February 1, 2008

XVI. Recent Development

Update: Fri 08-Feb 1625 hrs
The weather over the past few days has been steadily prohibitive to work. Each day, the Persistence has left the dock, headed offshore, and gotten pounded by 40kt winds and 10-14ft seas. The rough weather has taken a toll on both the equipment and the crew. The towfish was damaged twice during recovery, each time taking half a day or more to repair. While the poor weather persists, the Persistence will undergo some needed maintenance. Today we are working on the winch and air conditioning. Hopefully tomorrow will be calmer.
Tues 05-Feb 0940 hrs
Over the past couple nights, the world tuned in along with the search team and watched the mottled confessions of Joran van der Sloot. The confessions filled the search team with resolve, renewing our assurance that if Natalee Holloway can be found in the ocean we will find her.
Yesterday (Tues, 04-Feb), the Persistence was in the deepest portion of the survey area battling 12-14ft with occasional 16ft seas with 35kt winds. The weather built rapidly, spawning a squall and water spout.
Today, we returned to deep water encountering 40kt+ winds and heavier seas than yesterday. A simple task such as taking a shower or walking down a corridor takes gymnastic talent. These seas are too rough to safely work in, let alone function inside the boat. On account of the conditions, we moved to shallow quiescent waters and resumed the search.

Fri 01-Feb 1815 hrs
The Persistence search team and crew are very excited about the recent developments announced yesterday, Thursday January 31st. We are currently acquiring data and have not stopped or changed our search methods in response to the announcement. We too wait with anticipation and hope the outcome is both positive and accurate for the remainder of the ongoing investigation.

Our hearts and prayers are with the Holloway and Twitty families.

Press Release:
From The (Aruba) Public Prosecutor’s Office
Date: January 31, 2007

New evidence in the case of the disappearance of Natalee Holloway-
The Office of the Public Prosecutor of Aruba has intensified its investigation of the case of Natalee Holloway due to recently received information. This information may shed a new light on the mode of which Natalee Holloway has died and the method by which her body disappeared.


The Public Prosecutor has lately received this information from the Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries. This information may help considerably in the solution of the mystery of Natalee’s disappearance.

In cooperation with the Aruban Police Corps, the Office is currently investigating the reliability and value of this new information. It will be evaluated in relation to the results of the preceding profound research activities. The Aruban Police Corps has continued the investigation of the case despite the formal discontinuation of the prosecution of the suspects of the day, in December 2007. Commissioned investigators are currently charged with further inquiries.

In the interest of the ongoing investigation no further information will be circulated.
Nota bene: the Office of Public Prosecutor will not give any interviews about the matter at hand at this moment, not by telephone, neither on camera.

http://www.peterrdevries.com/

60 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh my god! Its true!

Thank you for the update. I can't wait to hear Monday night what it is all about, it must be true they have evidence she is dead and her mom must be in Holland.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Holloway family and hugs towards Beth from Alabama.

Although this is not the outcome we want, closure for the family is highly important.

Anonymous said...

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,327625,00.html

ironman said...

Dear RV Persistence Crew

I commend all of you, you have been at this search mission for almost 2 months now, and now that your all excited about the recent developments, I am also, at first when I heard of it on Fox news I thought to myself that this is gonna be another SPIN and be fruitless..

But hearing from all of you on RV Persistence now makes me feel this case is gonna be solved and the Holloway Family will have closure, and I pray that Justice will preveil..

I also feel from within that your mission has been accomplished

May God Bless all of you for your dedicated difficult Mission you all have encountered throught out this search...

Your families and all those who have been following this case are soo very proud of the persistence efforts you all given...

Anonymous said...

Bekentenis was een leugen (Confession was a lie)

www.nu.nl

Willy said...

Kyle, Be safe out there! We think of you and the whole crew daily, Thank you so much for all you do.

Anonymous said...

Joran on the phone in dutch tv show. (February 1)

http://www.dumpert.nl/mediabase/40685/87143162/joran_hoaxed_peter_r._de_vries.html

Anonymous said...

I must admit all the info on Internet about the confession, then Joran saying he was only kidding when he confessed is confusing and frustrating. We all want the body of Natalee found and closure for her family. I was so sad watching Beth on the video after she watched what Mr. DeVries showed her. What a monster Joran is and I wish I had faith the Aruban authorities will handle this info properly. Just read Nancy Grace says they are calling for Joran's arrest. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the crew today and always. Will there be the outcome we all hope for? We wait, watch, and hope. God Bless each of you.

Justice for Natalee

Katablog said...

As you all know Kyle, it's impossible to believe a liar. We are so happy to hear that Persistence continues its course. We knew you wouldn't be taken in after all the time and hard work you've put in.

Maybe for 5 minutes Aruba can stop vilifying Persistence, Beth, Natalee and those of us who have worked to keep this case alive.

MiamiNice said...

I am a member of a CrimeBoard and have seen some cruel, monstrous things that humans do against other humans.

I wanted to tell everyone associated with the RV Persistence that it is uplifting to see what the crew/owners of The Persistence are doing - it helps redeem my faith in the overall goodness of mankind.

I thank you and please know you are appreciated!

You will surely be Blessed!

Roni said...

I just had to stop by and let all of you know that you are heroes and angels. I belong to a group that has supported the family since the onset of this tragedy. I wish you much success and pray for your personal safety and well being.

God Bless you, Natalee Ann and her family.

Sparks said...

Our Prayers and thoughts are with you! Don't give up hope for finding Natalee.

Anonymous said...

I've heard experts argue that because of JVS admission his statements were a lie that actually confirms the legitimacy of the tape.

I guess we'll all find out.

God speed to you guys down there on RV Persistence! You Rock!!

texasmom said...

Kyle and Persistence Crew,
My prayers are with you as you continue this great mission of hope. Please be safe, and know that I as so many others are eternally grateful for your efforts.

God bless all of you!

George Vreeland Hill said...

Stop playing games with this case.
Either have something real on Urine or shut up.
The news people need help because this seems to fancy them.

George Vreeland Hill

Anonymous said...

I say, no body no murder!

profiler said...

please guys dont stop the search no matter what is being said......dont stop the search until the job is complete......all these people including d'vries cannot be trusted.....unless her ramins are positively id'ed...continue ur job and finish it....

Anonymous said...

5 — Joran confirms that the body is not far out into the ocean. This matches the thoughtprint profile where Deepak particularly makes plain that Natalee ’ s body is not far out in the ocean meaning that it ’ s discoverable. At the same time Deepak strongly suggests that they did take her body a good ways out into the ocean but still very discoverable.

Katablog said...

Persistence Crew: I know you are far too professional and methodical in your search to be deterred or misdirected by a known and admitted liar. I agree with Dr. Hodges that there are often truths (and falsehoods) in lies.

Joran's latest confession does seem to say you are on the right course - the ocean around Aruba. Peace, Prays and appreciation!

Anonymous said...

Please focus 1.5 miles offshore, slightly north and west of the fisherman's huts. Our thoughts are with you...stay persistent.

Darlene said...

Thank You For All you Are Doing And all That You Have Done.......Hope For Natalee!

Anonymous said...

I cant not wait to see that Peter R. de Vries is making himself incredibly ridiculous with this circus show on t.v.

heather said...

Keep up the great work!!! Don't give up!!

Anonymous said...

The judge is refusing to arrest him. The T.V. confession does not meet their standards for arrest. Shocking and beyond belief. My prayers are that you guys find Natalee. It was the saddest thing I have ever watched as Beth saw the video. What a monster. The scum of the earth.

Prayers with each of you on this mission to find Natalee and bring her home. She was discarded possibly alive in the ocean. Evil beyond my imagination. I feel so angry.

Sharon/Tx said...

Praise the Lord! We just got back from a 10 day cruise in Hawaii and on the final day when we hit Honolulu and got reception, I could not believe what I heard. Beth and Dave deserve answers and the right to mourn and "to know." Thank you for believing and persevering..... God bless you all! xox

Anonymous said...

The sorrows of life are made more bearable and balanced by times when we can witness the beauty and the power of the good in some human souls. Thank you for your work. I have followed your progress from the start. I will follow your progress until you reach your goal. I am inspired by all of you. Godspeed and God's Blessings to the Persistence and crew.

protectkidz said...

I'll be here, along with so many others, praying for your success!

Thank you for not giving up on Natalee.

Anonymous said...

In previous posts no news means you are having problems or working very hard as usual. Forgive me for asking if all is ok? Love you guys. You are in all our prayers. So much going on right now and so much pain with this investigation on land.
God Speed

Anonymous said...

I hope that the search continues and that the areas that that idiot boy said the body was thrown over board, are being extensively searched and carefully. There has to be something out there to find.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry the seas are not cooperating for your search. Keep up the great work; they may be on the verge of finding the boat driver/dumper of Natalee...... Perhaps Paulus?????

Anonymous said...

I think the only lie was that he "didn't know" if she was alive, otherwise he would have dumped her at the hospital and not into the ocean. Keep looking, truth will win.

Anonymous said...

My assumption is that GHB was used and he didn't want to admit to his new mobster "friend" that he had to drug a girl to have sex....and when this happened I'm sure there was a lot of pressure on him given his father trying to become a judge so he reacted this way.

Good people can make bad decisions in life but it seems to me very, very abnormal to not call 911 if all this was a simple alcohol/drug overdose even caused by her own consumption. Something else had to be present to make him want to hide the evidence.

Anonymous said...

I am also from Birmingham so I have been following this case from the very beginning. While I do not personally know the Holloway family, they are always in my thoughts and I thank you so much for keeping the search alive and not giving up. When I see pictures of Natalee, I realize that could have happened to any young girl, even me. Natalee will never be forgotten and Birmingam will always love her!

Anonymous said...

I wonder what Mummy thinks of little Joran now. What a creep. If my son ever said half the things Joran said in that car about another human being I'd smack him from here to eternity. This life-hating monster needs to be thrown in prison and his friends need to stop protecting him before they all drown with him. The clock is ticking Joran.

Good luck on the search...you guys are angels.

Katablog said...

Kyle,
If Natalee's body had not been put in a crab cage, I assume this would drastically reduce the chances of finding her. Correct?

And if the body were not even weighted down?

I'm glad Joran's confession only encourages you. We all want him put away but of course returning Natalee to her parents is far more important.

Anonymous said...

go with god. i hope you find what you're looking for. i cannot believe the things that came out of that boy's mouth. he is not human. i thank god that i've never met anyone as cold-hearted and deranged as him and i hope he is brought to justice one day. for now, public shaming is a small consolation.

Anonymous said...

are you guys ok?? havent seen blog since the first. i still pray for you all and that Natalee will be found. Our resolve is only stronger now than ever. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for all your efforts. None of us can every really know what all you have gone through and have sacrificed. YOU ARE HEROES NO MATTER WHAT!!!!

Anonymous said...

I have not written in a while but I just wanted to tell you all once again how you are greatly appreciated by the Holloways and all of America.

Stay strong and stay out of harms way.

Anonymous said...

Started in Carlos 'n Charlie's. That is where he knocked her up then knocked her off on the beach than stuffed her into a crab cage and sunk it in deep waters

r&s_MA said...

to all on board the r/v persistence,thank you for all you do,have done,will do. thank you to all your families.And thank you to all who have made this possible,from the ship to equipment,to funding.
God Bless you all!! Know you are all in our thoughts,hearts,and prayers every day. We are all honored by all that you have done.
After we read other posts it's hard to find words,as they seem to be so eloquently put in other posts,and express what we feel,too!
raz,sharon,&family

Anonymous said...

GOD BLESS THE PARENTS OF NATALEE.I PRAY YOU ALL CAN FIND PEACE WITHIN FOR LOOSING YOUR BEATUFIL DAUGHTER. NOW WE KNOW SHES IN A BETTER PLACE HEAVEN IN HER REAL FATHERS ARMS NEVER TO BE HURT AGAIN. PARENTS JUST KNOW YOU ALL WILL BE WITH HER ONE DAY IN PARIDASE. MY PRAYERS TO YOU ALL. GOD BE WITH YOU ALL AS YOU JOURNEY ON THIS EARTH WITHOUT YOUR DAUGHTER.LOVE A CHRISTIAN MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER.

Sharon/Tx said...

I hope the seas have calmed for you. I found myself shaking when I heard and watched 20/20. Dave was on Nancy Grace last night and all I could think of is thank God for Tim, TES and for the "Persistence" and the angels you are. I just know you will find something and God bless you Dave, Beth and Robin. We are praying for you all.

Anonymous said...

God bless you all for your persistence in searching for Natalee. In her, we see all of our daughters. I pray you find her, so that her murderer can be put away for life. There is no such thing as justice. My heart bleeds for her parents, family and friends. It is because of you all that the search continues.
I'm praying for all of you.

Miss-Underestimated said...

Thank God for the Persistence and her amazing crew. How truly blessed our world is with people like all of you. You and your families are in our thoughts daily. May we hear good news soon. You cannot supress the human spirit of goodness. Thank you for searching for Natalee.

A very fitting name "Persistence"

Anonymous said...

Re: JVDS - lies lies and more lies! A payphone he claimed he used that does not accept or make local calls! He didn't call a friend, he called "DADDY".. I truly hope that you find Natalee, he was so convinced that her body would not be found. How could he be so sure? I pray everyday that your efforts will not be in vain, if anyone can find her you and your crew will! God Bless all of you!

Anonymous said...

Internet rumor mill says that you have "some" evidence and Dave is returning to Aruba this weekend.

I hope you are close to solving this piece of the crime. If successful, we can all look upon Paulus and say, "have body, proved crime." Go to jail, go directly to jail, do not pass any of your judge buddies on the way there!

Anonymous said...

To The Crew:

So many of us pray you will find Natalee. This is the final chapter for Joran and all that harmed her. They need to rot in hell. Nothing has upset me so much except when my father had a massive heart attack in 1994 and left us. Natalee is everyone's child. Beth, Dave and Jug is every parent. Justice must prevail. Trust of the Aruban authorities to do the right thing doesn't exist. The world is watching now thanks to Mr. De Vries. Finding Natalee and bringing her home so the world can rest, and Joran and his helpers get what they deserve. It is like holding our breath for each and every entry of our heroes on the Persistence as it is posted. We love you guys. Be safe and know how much you are loved by so many for your efforts.
Justice For Natalee And Her Family.
AND WE WAIT!

Anonymous said...

I read somewhere that an Aruban boat cannot go undetected one mile offshore. Wouldn't the search be within this 1 mile area? Also, if waters are so rough, wouldn't the individual who took Natalee out to sea have sought out calmer waters too? God Bless, and my thoughts and prayers always to Beth and Dave & family members over this nightmare. No one should ever have to endure this. I believe in my heart Natalee will be found.

prayer changes things said...

I have continued to pray that this case be solved. Today is the beginning of this total process. Hopefully, the remains will be located soon. Maybe, this young man's friend will develop a conscience and moral response to put this case to rest.

This young man's family must support everything he does, since they are not demanding the truth from their troubled son.

We must support this family with prayers so they may persue the truth.

chris said...

I am delighted to read all of this. God bless you all! Now my question: In light of following similar explorations ie. HMS Titanic.(1998?) how hard is it to find a cadavier at 800 - 1000 ft.? I see your pictures of the wrecks and wondered how well a body would show up? Did you test for this? I believe the skeletal remains on Titanic were found with live video. C - Houston

txsunshine82 said...

I just want to remind each and every crew member out there that is searching for Natalee, God is with you. So many people are praying and asking for God to help you through this journey to find Natalee. We appreciate all that you are doing and praying that God guides you in bringing Natalee home soon.

Anonymous said...

The cries of a mother for her child never goes unnoticed by God and the angels.

Barry said...

Today's the day! - Mel Fisher

All My Best,
Finbar

Anonymous said...

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2008/02/08/lkl.holloway.long.cnn

We all know that he probably raped and drugged her and that is why he diposed of her body.
His "friend" was probably his father.
No innocent person wouldn't seek medical help if they didn't harm the person.

Please find her, god bless the crew.

lorz71 said...

I don't know if you will see this or not, I am sure you have lots to read! I just want to let you all know, that as a mother of an almost 2 year old girl, I think you must all be the most wonderful people in the world! To endure the things you are enduring to bring closure to a family...the most selfless thing I have heard of! May God bless all of you and keep you safe! Know that you are on a lot of people's minds and in our prayers! Stay strong, Good will prevail! Love to all of you,
Lora from Illinois USA

Anonymous said...

Please focus 1.5 miles offshore, slightly north and west of the fisherman's huts. Our thoughts are with you...stay persistent.

What a creepy comment....do you know something?

Anonymous said...

It is obvious that Jorn is a monster. I wonder have the authorities have checked his past behaviors. I bet there are other women/young girls that have crossed his path. I bet they can tell some scarey stories.

Anonymous said...

I would just like to know if the Van Der Sloot's had a boat or had access to a boat. And also would like to know where Joran's shoes are? Also if Natalee was put in the ocean wouldn't her clothes and shoes be there somewhere? Keep up the good work. I have grandchildren and hope they never meet a monster like Joran. God be with the family.
Pennsylvania

gayle said...

Thank you for your hard work. Those of us who follow this story appreciate your help. I know it is tedious and hard, but keep going, because you are the Holloway families only hope. Thankyou.

Anonymous said...

To the crew:

You are truly our heroes!!!

You guys on tape are great. It was nice to see you all working on the boat. You are loved by so many. The prayers each day are around the world for your safety and success.
God Speed/Justice for Natalee and her family.

saylornomore said...

I think everyone has overlooked a major clue. I have been following this since day one. the day joran was firt arrested a cruise boat DJ whose last name was cruz was down at the media convention and he was interviewed on camera. I remember first he says he is a friend of joran, then he says he doesn't know him, but that he is there just to show support for his fellow aruban. he also stated that he was a DJ on a party boat and that he had access to the boat 24-7. Well I am sure that this is what happened to Natalle. Joran overdosed her with ghb, date rape drug. he and the calpoes took her to the beach, each of them raping natallee. Then Joran realizes that she is not breathing,he finally gets ahold of his daddy , who in turn hired this cruze guy /DJ to dump her body at sea. Just like joran said. I feel that if someone was to question this guy and tell him that joran has implicated him in the murder to make himself,joran that is,a better deal with the peruvian authorites,i believe then that this guy would talk. But everyone has completely overlooked him.what do you think?

 
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