Natalee Holloway’s skull was burned in an Aruba cave in 2010, prime suspect Joran Van der Sloot’s friend has said in a video. Holloway went missing in Aruba, a Dutch Carribean island off Venezuela, on May 30, 2005.
The fifth episode of the Oxygen series, “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway,” aired Saturday in which Van der Sloot’s friend John Ludwick revealed what he and his friend Van der Sloot did with Holloway’s remains. The series chronicles Holloway’s father Dave’s efforts to uncover the mystery behind his daughter’s death. Dave, along with his private investigator T.J. Ward, worked for months to find new leads in the case.
Ludwick agreed to give out details about Holloway’s death after an informant working with Ward recorded him saying that Van der Sloot paid him $1,500 to dig up Holloway’s body. Three people are believed to have played a part in her disappearance — Dutchman Van der Sloot and two Surinamese brothers, Deepak and Satish Kalpoe. However, Van der Sloot was never charged due to lack of evidence.
In the clip that was shown on the show, Ludwick said Van der Sloot had initially discussed having Holloway’s remains cremated. Even though it was illegal to bring in human remains for cremation in Aruba, Ludwick said some morgues would cremate pets. “The idea was to crush everything to the point where it wasn’t recognizable as her bones or skull or anything like that,” Ludwick said, explaining that he and Joran spent hours pummeling the bones.
“The only thing that got burned was the skull to burn the hair fibers,” says John. “It was doused in gasoline in a fire pit in a cave.”
Earlier episodes revealed that Holloway’s remains were mixed with that of a dog and were cremated. Days later, the ashes were likely scattered off the coast of Aruba, from where the teenager went missing in 2005.
Dave’s 18-month long private investigation uncovered human skeletal remains at an undisclosed location in Aruba. Currently, the remains are being analyzed to check if it is linked to the case. An initial test found the human remains belonged to a single person of Caucasian and European descent. Natalee was Caucasian and of European descent.
“We’re going to have statistical probability and a confidence level that this is Natalee or not,” Forensic scientist Dr. Jason Kolowski told the Daily Mail last month. “We’re waiting on the lab to finalize the data, which they will deliver to me and I will try to turn the…