Monday, October 03, 2005

Email Response Statement About Natalee Holloway

Thank you for taking the time to contact us out of concern for finding Natalee and in response to Dr. Phil regarding her disappearance.

Aruba has devoted enormous resources and people power to the search and location effort. Perhaps more than anyone else in this tragic story it is the people of Aruba who most want the Holloway family to have peace of mind and a resolution to this mystery.

From the moment of Natalee’s disappearance Aruba rallied around the Holloway family providing resources, manpower, support and prayers. And we marshaled the resources and efforts of thousands:Helicopters and ATVs were donated. The Dutch Marines came.The Aruba Red Cross mobilized. Aruba Search & Rescue worked tirelessly.The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) provided agent and expertise, since the beginning.Local volunteers worked tirelessly.

One of the most powerful displays of support was when the Aruban Government, and many private businesses, gave employees the afternoon off to aide in the search for Natalee. Arubans came out in large numbers combing the island in a show of support and sympathy for the family in the hope of uncovering something to bring us closer to an answer.

This is the first time any nation has mobilized so completely to find a single missing girl. Our entire country came together to help resolve this case.

So what is the result of this sincere and overwhelming effort on the part of the people of Aruba? We remain under relentless scrutiny and media exposure. Many here feel that the enormous media coverage has actually helped the perpetrators escape because so much information has been and continues to be given out with every detail revealed, speculated upon and put into the public domain. Any law enforcement official will confirm that investigations of this nature need to be managed effectively and quietly so as to catch those responsible, rather than give all the information the perpetrators need to escape detection, capture, and prosecution.

Even a boycott of our tiny island was suggested. But, such an action, if successful, would harm thousands of loyal caring Arubans who want justice and have been supportive of the Holloway-Twitty family from the start of this tragedy.

The investigation continues.

What is truly needed now is a period of silence so whatever chance is left for the investigation to succeed can be undertaken to capture and prosecute those responsible.

Natalee Holloway and her family have been taken into the hearts of the Aruban people. The island of Aruba continues to extend its sincerest thoughts and most heartfelt prayers for her safe return and the peace of mind and comfort of her family and friends.



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