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Testing of a bone found on an Aruban beach could reveal as early as Wednesday whether the remains belong to Natalee Holloway, HLN’s Nancy Grace has learned.
Peter Blanken, the chief prosecutor in Aruba, tells Nancy Grace producer Rupa Mikkilineni that a local forensic expert believes the bone is very likely human.
Blanken’s office has sent the bone to the Netherlands for further analysis, according to Inge Oevering, spokeswoman for the National Forensic Institute in The Hague. The findings will be sent back to the prosecutor’s office, she said.
Authorities will use a DNA profile from Holloway’s parents to determine whether there is a match, and the results may come as early as tomorrow, according to Blanken.
The bone, apparently a jaw, was found near the Phoenix Hotel. Joran van der Sloot, arrested two times in connection with Holloway’s 2005 disappearance but never charged, has mentioned the Bubali Pond, near the Hotel, as a location where he dumped Holloway’s body.
Dutch paper De Telegraaf reports a tourist couple found the bone on the beach and gave it to the hotel clerk, who called police.
Holloway was 18 years old when she disappeared off her high school senior class trip to the island nation. She was last seen early in the morning as she left a night club with van der Sloot in the capital of Oranjestad.
Van der Sloot is in a Peruvian jail on murder charges in the death of a woman he met at a Lima casino. He allegedly paid for the trip with money he took as part of an FBI sting operation from Holloway’s mother in exchange for information that turned out to be false.