They watched as van der Sloot, the main suspect in the crime, was twice detained by police in connection with the investigation—and twice released without ever being charged.
Then, this past May 30—on precisely the fifth anniversary of Natalee's disappearance—Peruvian business student Stephany Flores, 21, was murdered in a Lima hotel room, and van der Sloot confessed to the killing.
Her disappearance left her best friends from Birmingham's Mountain Brook High confused, angry and bereft.
From the first day she went missing, her classmates lived through the frustrations of an inconclusive police investigation and the indignities of a media firestorm that made Natalee Holloway a household name.
The disappearance of beautiful, blonde teenager Natalee Holloway on Aruba last May has become America's most tragic reality show.
It had been a soccer mom's dream weekend, just the three women lying around the lake house at Hot Springs, Arkansas, sunbathing, relaxing, and luxuriating in the fact that, for three entire days, they were free of teenagers, dirty laundry, and housework.
The NHRC is not a recovery center, but instead focuses on education and crime prevention.
But behind the cable-ratings bonanza is a war of wills and cultures, as Natalee's mother, Beth Twitty, alleging an official cover-up, has turned Aruba upside down to find out what happened to her daughter.“I show a little range in the role,” he told CBS4’s Vic Lombardi.The stars include Kenan Thompson, Jenny Mc Carthy and Andy Milonakis.He later recanted but remains jailed in Peru, awaiting trial.The reappearance of van der Sloot brought up haunting memories for two of Natalee's best friends, Mallie Tucker, 24, and Claire Fierman, 23.