- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 16, 2006

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) — An announcement that police made an arrest in the disappearance of teenager Natalee Holloway left many islanders wondering yesterday who the suspect is — and whether the arrest marked a real breakthrough in the almost year-old case.

Aruban authorities would say late Saturday only that the person arrested is 19 and has the initials “G.V.C.” In Aruba, when an arrest is announced, officials usually release only the initials of the suspect.

Antonio Carlo, attorney for Dutch national Joran van der Sloot, who was arrested last year but released for lack of evidence, said he hoped the new arrest would shed light on happened to Miss Holloway, an honor student from Mountain Brook, Ala., who disappeared May 30. It was the final night of the 18-year-old’s trip to this Dutch Caribbean island.

“My client has from the beginning maintained his innocence, and I think the sooner this case is resolved, the better,” Mr. Carlo said in a telephone interview, adding that he did not know the name of the suspect.

Miss Holloway’s father, Dave Holloway, said yesterday that he has been informed of the arrested person’s identity but did not recognize the name.

“We’re hopeful that something will come out of it,” Mr. Holloway told CNN.

Miss Holloway was last seen leaving an Aruba bar with Mr. van der Sloot and Surinamese brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe. Mr. van der Sloot has said he left Miss Holloway on a beach near her hotel after they had kissed.

There have been a number of false leads in the investigation, and at least three other persons were detained without being charged.

In recent weeks, Aruban police have searched sand dunes on the northern coast of the island.

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