Follow events in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, the Alabama teen who vanished while on a five-day graduation trip to Aruba.
Natalee Holloway, 18, graduates from Mountain Brook High School, in Birmingham, Ala., and prepares to leave for a five-day vacation to Aruba with more than 100 other seniors. Seven chaperones accompany them on the trip, an annual tradition not sponsored by the school.
On the last night of the trip, Holloway attends a concert, then eats and dances at Carlos' n Charlie's bar and restaurant. She leaves a little before 1 a.m., according to the restaurant's master of ceremonies. Friends say she is seen getting into a vehicle outside the nightclub.
Holloway does not show up for her return flight, which was scheduled just hours after she was last seen. Police find her passport in her hotel room with her packed bags.
Holloway's family offers an unspecified reward for information leading to her return. With contributions from the Aruban government, local tourism organizations, Carlos' n Charlie's, family and benefactors, the amount eventually grows to at least $55,000.
Police say three men - each legal Aruban residents between the ages of 18 and 25 - have emerged as "the most important lead." The men claim they dropped Holloway off at her hotel at about 2 a.m. Hotel employees, however, say security cameras did not record her return.
Two men are arrested in a pre-dawn raid. The suspects worked as security guards at a hotel near Holloway's until a day before her disappearance, sources said. Their attorney says they are being investigated for murder and kidnapping, and denies any link between his clients and Holloway.
An expanded search for Holloway begins, with Aruba's government allowing 4,000 civil servants off work early to aid in the hunt. About 700 volunteers join police, soldiers and FBI agents in an unprecedented search, but police say nothing belonging to the teen is recovered.
A judge finds sufficient evidence to hold suspects Nick John, 30, and Abraham Jones, 28, on suspicion of murder and kidnapping in the Holloway case, according to defense attorneys. Local law allows for the suspects to be held for a total of 116 days without being formally charged.
Aruban police arrest the three men who said they gave Holloway a ride on the night she disappeared. The attorney general's office refuses to identify the three or say whether they have ties to the two other men detained in connection with the case.
Holloway's family rushes to a lighthouse after a police official tells the media that one of the three young men in custody admitted "something bad happened" and was leading police to the scene. But prosecutors refuse to confirm or deny the information, which yields no new developments.
The two ex-security guards who were detained but never charged in the case are freed. The focus on the three young men in custody intensifies, amid suggestions from Holloway's mother that they might be being protected. One of the three is the son of a high-ranking judicial official.
Steve Gregory Croes, a party boat disc jockey, is detained in connection with the case after being questioned. His boss, Marcus Wiggins, tells the Associated Press Croes had said he knew one of two Surinamese brothers also being detained, because they went to the same Internet cafe.
Aruban police question the father of Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch teen who is being held as a suspect. Paul van der Sloot, a judge-in-training on the island, is questioned for five hours, and meets with investigators for two more hours the next day.
Paul van der Sloot is taken into custody by police. Officials would provide no details of the arrest. However, he had been denied access to his jailed son, because police said contact between the two could jeopardize the investigation.
Paul van der Sloot, father of 17-year-old suspect Joran van der Sloot, and Steven Gregory Croes, the party boat disc jockey, are ordered released from jail. The judge does not explain why the men are let go.
Aruban prosecutors say three youths held in conncetion with Holloway's disappearance could soon be charged with murder, even though no body has been found. Earlier in the day, an official said the three had already been charged.
A judge orders the Kalpoe brothers' immediate release from jail, but says there is sufficient evidence against Joran van der Sloot to hold the teen for another 60 days while prosecutors build their case.
Holloway's family increases the reward for information leading to her safe return to $1 million, from $200,000. There's also a $100,000 reward for information that helps authorities solve the mystery of her disappearance.
George Twitty, Holloway's stepfather, says two new witnesses have given information on the night she disappeared. One, he says, claims he saw Joran van der Sloot driving to a tennis club across the road from the Marriott at around 2:30 a.m. that night, and that he tried to hide his face.
Authorities use a large pump to drain the pond across from the Marriott Hotel while investigators await the results of DNA analysis from labs in the Netherlands and the United States.
Satish and Deepak Kalpoe, the brothers who had earlier been held and released, are arrested again. Citing "new facts and circumstances," officials detain them on suspicion of involvement, with unidentified others, in premeditated murder and rape.
An Aruban judge orders Joran van der Sloot released from detention. He remains a suspect.
A judge orders the conditional release of Satish and Deepak Kalpoe, the brothers who had earlier been held and released, then arrested again. The brothers were to be released Sept. 3, along with Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch teen who also is a suspect.
Joran van der Sloot leaves Aruba to go to college in Holland.
All restrictions on the remaining suspects are removed by an Aruban Court of Appeals. Though they all technically remain suspects, they are no longer in custody.
Dave Holloway, Natalee's father, returns to Aruba to personally take part in an offshore search with the help of Texas EquuSearch volunteers and investigators in Aruba.
Dave Holloway and team of volunteer searchers leave Aruba.
Paul van der Sloot wins unjust detention action against the Aruban government and, by with that court victory, is no longer legally a suspect.
Authorities in Aruba resume the search for Natalee Holloway, CBS News learns. Holloway vanished nearly 10 months ago while on a high school graduation trip. The lead investigator in the case is hopeful that a tip police received may help them find her.
Aruban authorities reveal that they've made a new arrest in Natalee Holloway's disappearance. The person arrested is 19 years old and has the initials "G.V.C." A spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office said that authorities were not prepared to disclose why the person was arrested or how the arrest was linked to the case.
A Dutch youth detained in the Holloway case is also being held on suspicion of drug offenses. Geoffrey Van Cromvoirt, or G.V.C, "is suspected of criminal offenses that may be related to the disappearance of Miss Holloway and of offenses related to dealing in illegal narcotics," the Aruban prosecutor's office said in a statement.
Police released a 19-year-old man nine days after his arrest in the disappearance of Holloway — but the Aruba public prosecutor's office said he remained a suspect. In a statement, the prosecutor's office also said that a 20-year-old man was arrested in the Holloway case on April 22 and was released after six hours of interrogation. No details were provided. Geoffrey van Cromvoirt, the 19-year-old arrested on April 15, is suspected of "criminal offenses that may be related to the disappearance" of Holloway, prosecutors said.
Dutch police detain a man in the town of Utrecht on suspicion of participating in the kidnapping and killing of Natalie Holloway last year in Aruba, the suspect's lawyer said Sunday.
Gerard Sponge said his client, whose name was not disclosed, was suspected of "assisting in the murder" of the Alabama high school senior.
A suspect arrested a week earlier in the Aruba disappearance of Natalee Holloway has been set free. The
suspect's attorney says there wasn't enough evidence to hold his client in the Netherlands. The release of the suspect, identified only as "Guido W." because of Dutch privacy laws, means he will not be transferred to
Joran van der Sloot and Satish and Deepak Kalpoe, who were previously detained as suspects in the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway, are re-arrested in the case, Aruban prosecutor's said in a statement. They were arrested on suspicion of involvement in manslaughter and causing seriously bodily harm that caused the death of the 18-year-old American. Van der Sloot was arrested in the Netherlands, where he is attending a university, and is expected to be extradited to Aruba. The Kalpoe brothers were arrested in Aruba.
Satish and Deepak Kalpoe are released from jail after a judge found the evidence was not strong enough to continue holding them.
A judge orders the release of Joran van der Sloot. Details of the ruling were not immediately available.
Authorities close the investigation into the disappearance of Natalee Holloway and do not have evidence to charge anyone, the Public Prosecutor's Office announced. The three young men, Joran van der Sloot, Satish and Deepak Kalpoe, who were last seen with the Alabama teenager were notified that they will not be charged.
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