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Local Philanthropist Helping Mother Of Girl Missing In Aruba

Beth Twitty In Philadelphia Area

POSTED: 3:25 pm EDT September 28, 2005
UPDATED: 8:40 pm EDT September 28, 2005

The mother of missing teenager Natalee Holloway, Beth Holloway Twitty, is in Philadelphia to talk about the latest developments in her daughter's disappearance and her ties to the Philadelphia area.

Video: Twitty Hiring Lawyer
Beth Twitty
Twitty is getting help from Philadelphia philanthropist Joe Mamanna. She now has funding to hire a lawyer who specializes in international law. Twitty's goal is to find the people responsible for her daughter's disappearance and make sure they are held accountable.

"I can never say that they went ahead and killed her because that's not a fact I have. I don't know what they did with her when they were finished," Twitty said.

Twitty is living a nightmare that won't end. Her daughter disappeared on a trip to Aruba last spring. The disappearance, search and investigation into just what happened have been the subject of news stories, tabloids, and talk shows around the world.

After thousands of hours of searching, police have found no trace of Holloway, 18.

Last June, the FBI told Twitty that her daughter might be dead.

"Oh my gosh, it was the most terrible day of my life," Twitty said.

The investigation centered on three local teenagers. Twitty said that the trio has admitted drinking with Holloway. Jaron Van der Sloot had admitted to having sex with her the night she disappeared.

"There are facts, and the facts are that Jaron's statements have Natalie coming in and out of consciousness. He specifically states that he had sex with her. And as Jaron describes coming in and out of consciousness, that constitutes gang rape as far as I'm concerned as her mother," Twitty said.

The three boys are no longer in custody. They were released the day Hurricane Katrina hit the United States and the media's attention turned to the Gulf Coast.

"I can't help but think, they were released under the cloak of Hurricane Katrina," Twitty said.

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