It’s hard enough that Elizabeth “Beth” Ann Holloway has had to live through the last 13 years not knowing what really happened to her daughter, Natalee, but now she’s facing a legal battle against a large network.
Natalee disappeared on May 30, 2005, while on a school graduation trip to Aruba. The 18-year-old Mountain Brook High School student was declared dead seven years later, but her body was nowhere to be found.
In 2017, the missing teen’s father, Dave, was desperate to solve his daughter’s mysterious case, so he teamed up with a private investigator, TJ Ward. Their quest was the subject of a six-part series on the Oxygen network titled The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway.
“This series gives viewers rare access to Dave Holloway’s gut-wrenching search for answers,” Oxygen executive Rod Aissa told People in a statement. “He embarks on an immersive journey full of twists, turns and, most considerably, a new lead that could deliver justice for Natalee once and for all.”
During one of the episodes, it was revealed that a set of remains belonging to a Caucasian of European descent was found. Since Natalee’s body was supposedly moved from the original burial location and cremated by the suspect, Joran van der Sloot, and his friend John Ludwig, only bone fragments were discovered. Tests were immediately ordered to determine whether or not the skeletal fragments belonged to Natalee
“We’ve chased a lot of leads and this one is by far the most credible lead I’ve seen in the last 12 years,” Dave told Today.
In October, after weeks of testing, forensic scientist Dr. Jason Kolowski has some more answers. Unfortunately, the bone fragments are not a match for Natalee.
The investigation required Natalee’s mother to submit a DNA sample that could be used to check if it matches the remains. However, things did not end as expected, and now, Beth is taking legal action against Oxygen.