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Natalee Holloway Case Linked to Jaw Bone Found in Aruba?

The Nederlands Forensic Institute (NFI) in The Hague are presently testing a human jaw bone found on an Aruban beach near the site where missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway was last seen alive. Forensic scientists reported on Tuesday that the jaw bone may in fact be from Natalee's remains per reports in the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

Holloway went missing in June 2005 while on her senior trip with classmates. Joran van der Sloot, Deepak Kalpoe, and Satish Kalpoe were the last persons to see her alive on Aruba's Palm Beach, in direct proximity to where the jaw bone was discovered by a group of tourists on the beach last Friday per Joran's testimony to authorities. Initial investigations indicate the bones are that of a human mandible. A statement issued Tuesday by Inge Oevering, a NFI spokeswoman, stated DNA tests and comparison to Natalee's dental records will confirm if the remains are indeed Natalee's. Oevering also offered to CNN: "All the findings will be sent back to the [Aruban] prosecutor's office, who will decide whether they are released."

Presently, no formal charges or prosecutions have been made in regard to Natalee's disappearance and suspected murder. Van der Sloot is imprisoned and awaiting trial in Peru for his involvement in the murder of Stephanie Flores.

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