Natalee Holloway's father speaks

February 4, 2008 4:49:08 PM PST
What happened during Natalee Holloway's final hours? Joran van der Sloot admits he was with the Alabama teen the night he says she died. The controversial remarks come in a new undercover Dutch documentary.

Dave Holloway told me he believes Van der Sloot's video taped conversation that Natalee will never be found only adds to the determination of Equusearch and Holloway to find Natalee. Equusearch founder, Tim Miller, has said for years Holloway's body is in the ocean. A conclusion also held by Holloway's' father.

It's a phone call he makes almost daily. Tim Miller has stayed in constant contact with Natalee Holloway's father. Dave Holloway told me he remains skeptical of Joran van der Sloot.

"I guess what I'm struggling with right now is what he said and his action after it happened," Dave Holloway told me. "That's the real troubling question of his character of doing this. How can a person stoop that low is beyond me? Words cannot describe it."

Van der Sloot admitted in a televised undercover Dutch documentary, he lied when he said he knew nothing of what happened to Natalee Holloway. Van der Sloot says Holloway was drunk and doesn't know if she was dead or alive when he agreed with a friend to dump her body into the sea.

The admittance provides validation for Tim Miller who always thought Holloway was thrown overboard. Miller has been involved in the search for Natalee for over two years. Recently, he's chronicled events on a blog (

Now with new equipment capable of diving a thousand feet, Miller is confident of a recovery.

"We knew this going over there," Miller said. "If there is something the size of a quarter at the bottom of the sea, we will find it with this equipment. We're far from quitting." The search boat is being partly funded by a Kemah businessman. Miller says he plans to go back to Aruba in a few days.

Lawyers for Van de Sloot say he was not responsible for Holloway's death and was lying in those conversations.

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