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Mother in Aruba case upset

Associated Press

ORANJESTAD, Aruba – The mother of a missing Alabama teenager said Sunday that she believes three young men who were with her daughter the day of her disappearance know what happened to her.

Beth Holloway Twitty said Aruban authorities should pressure the young men to reveal what they know about the disappearance of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway.

“All three of those boys know what happened to her,” Holloway Twitty said during a 45-minute interview with the Associated Press in her room at the Holiday Inn, the same hotel where her daughter was staying before she disappeared on May 30. “They all know what they did with her that night.”

Holloway Twitty, 44, declined to say what she thought the boys had done or whether she thought her daughter was still alive. She also said she thought that two former hotel security guards detained in connection with Holloway’s disappearance were innocent and should be released.

The three young men – the 17-year-old son of a Dutch justice ministry official and two Surinamese brothers – have told police they brought Natalee Holloway to a lighthouse beside the island’s Arisha Beach but didn’t get out of the car. The brothers, Satish Kalpoe, 18, and Deepak Kalpoe, 21, also told police that Natalee and the Dutch boy had been kissing in the back seat of the car. They said they dropped her off at her hotel about 2 a.m. and last saw her being approached by a man in a security guard uniform before they drove off, a lawyer for the brothers has said.

The three young men were detained on Thursday. Two former hotel security guards who worked at a hotel not far from the Holiday Inn have been detained since June 5. Lawyers for all five have insisted their clients are innocent, and no one has been charged in the case.

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