- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 9, 2005

From combined dispatches

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Gov. Bob Riley has called for a nationwide travel boycott of Aruba on behalf of a missing Alabama teenager’s family, which has accused the island’s government of not cooperating fully with the investigation into her disappearance.

Mr. Riley asked his fellow governors to join him in urging the boycott of Aruba, where 18-year-old Natalee Holloway was last seen May 30.

Her mother, Beth Holloway Twitty, joined Mr. Riley at the Alabama Capitol for the boycott announcement Tuesday. She says Aruban authorities have failed to adequately investigate the possible killing of her daughter, who was with a Dutch teenager and two Surinamese brothers on the night she disappeared.

The young men were held for some time but have been released.

Officials on the island say the girl’s disappearance hasn’t hurt tourism.

“Aruba leads the Caribbean in repeat visits, with 40 percent of our visitors returning to the destination,” said Myrna Jansen, managing director of the Aruba Tourism Authority. “They know that Aruba is a safe island, and it’s great to have that support.”

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