In a new turn of events in the Natalee Holloway case, the Aruban Chief Prosecutor, Eric Olthof, made a decision to dismiss the supposed eyewitness claims of Jurrien De Jong, who shared his story with their office in 2013 and recently with Inside Edition.
De Jong claimed he witnessed suspect Joran van der Sloot chase Holloway into a small construction site the last night of the high school trip to the island. Jurrien tells the story that the site was was the Spyglass Tower of Marriott's Aruba Surf Club that he saw van der Sloot emerge from while carrying Holloway's body.
Unfortunately for the Holloway family, the prosecutor has dismissed this account claiming that it couldn't possibly be true. He stated:
"It becomes indisputably clear that on the 30th of May 2005, no construction or building activities were started at the location that Mr. De Jong has specifically pointed out as the spot where Natalee Holloway would have been hidden and/or buried."
He goes on to say:
"Further investigation under the staircase of the Spyglass Tower will not lead to finding the body of Natalee Holloway."
The main suspect, van der Sloot, is still the last known person to be seen with her. Coincidentally, he is in prison serving 28 years for a murder committed five years ago in Peru.
As disappointing or grim as this news may be, we're still holding out hope that Natalee's murder will one day be solved and some sliver of peace of mind can be brought to her family.