- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 23, 2010

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A jawbone found on an Aruba beach does not belong to missing Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, prosecutors in the Dutch Caribbean island said Tuesday.

The jawbone is human, though it is unclear who it belongs to and whether efforts will be made to identify the person, officials said in a statement.

Dutch investigators compared the lone tooth on the bone with dental records supplied by Holloway’s family and “it could be excluded that the investigated bone material and molar came from Natalee Holloway,” the prosecutors said.

The bone was found recently by a tourist on a beach, and Aruba prosecutors had asked forensic scientists in the Netherlands to analyze it.


They assured that the Holloway case has “the constant attention from law enforcement on the island.”

The announcement once again eliminates a hope of evidence about the fate of the Mountain Brook, Ala., student who disappeared while on a high school graduation trip in 2005, when she was 18.

Earlier in the day, Carol Standifer, who said she is a close friend of the teen’s mother, Beth Twitty, told CBS’s “The Early Show” that if the bone did belong to the missing teen, “there will be some semblance of closure.”

Holloway was last seen leaving a bar with Dutchman Joran van der Sloot, the prime suspect in her disappearance, on the final night of her trip.

Aruba prosecutors have repeatedly said they lack evidence to charge Mr. Van der Sloot, who is in jail in Peru on charges of killing a 21-year-old woman last May 30 — five years to the day after Holloway’s disappearance. He has denied killing Holloway.

U.S. law enforcement officials have charged Mr. Van der Sloot with trying to extort money from Holloway’s mother to reveal the location of Holloway’s body.