Aruba to review possible development in search for US teen


Associated Press

Posted on March 21, 2010 at 2:32 AM

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) — There's a possible development in the search for Natalee Holloway.

Authorities in Aruba say they will search once again for the missing U.S. teen after an American couple took an underwater picture of what they believe might be her remains.

A spokeswoman for the prosecutors' office tells The Associated Press that a police diving team will soon do preliminary work at the spot where officials believe the picture was taken.

The spokeswoman adds it's too early to say whether the tip is more viable than the other numerous ones authorities have received. She says, "It could be a skull, it could be a stone, it could be anything."

On Thursday, a newspaper in Pennsylvania reported that a photo taken last fall by the visiting couple, John and Patti Muldowney, of Manheim, Pa., had been turned over to the FBI.

The 18-year-old from Mountain Brook, Ala., disappeared while on vacation in Aruba in 2005.

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: John F. Muldowney holds an underwater photo in his home in Manheim, Pa., Thursday, March 18, 2010, that his wife, Patti, took while the couple was on vacation in Aruba in early October 2009. The Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reported that the photo has been turned over to the FBI. Muldowney says he has a gut feeling that the picture may show the remains of Natalee Holloway, the Alabama honors student who disappeared in Aruba nearly five years ago.