Efforts have not stopped in the search for Natalee Holloway since her 2005 disappearance swept the nation in what became one of the most well-known missing persons cases in the United States to date. Her family continues to search for answers, and in his quest, Holloway’s father and his private detective uncovered human bone fragments in Aruba as part of an investigation that was chronicled on Oxygen's "The Disappearane of Natalee Holloway."
A total of four bone samples were recovered in Aruba, and of those four, one was human. Dr. Jason Kolowski, a forensic scientist, said the human bone fragments belong to a single individual. “They are human, and they are of Caucasian, European descent,” he told Oxygen.com.
After running a mitochondrial DNA test of the bone fragment against a DNA sample of mother Beth Holloway, Dr. Kolowski was able to determine the bone does not belong to Natalee Holloway.
Now, family members of another American who vanished in Aruba plans to test the bone fragments found by the Holloway family in hopes of gaining closure for themselves.
"We don't know if the person is male or female," Dr. Kolowski told Oxygen.com. "We don't know how old that person is. We don't know how long that person has been dead."
According to a CNN report in 2011, 10 people have disappeared while vacationing in the Caribbean in the previous 15 years. Here are four people who have disappeared in or near Aruba that could be a match to the bone fragment.
1. Robyn Gardner
In 2011, 35-year-old Maryland woman Robyn Gardner went missing while vacationing in Aruba. Gardner was with 50-year-old Gary Giordano snorkeling when she disappeared into the ocean, possibly swept away by a current, according to Giordano. Gardner’s boyfriend, however, said that would be highly unlikely for Gardner. “We went on vacations and I couldn't even get her to put her head under water in the pool. She was into makeup and hair, and knowing her she would have had a few cocktails already and would only be getting ready to go out that night," Richard Forester todl ABC News. Gardner met Giordano on the internet and had become friends over the course of a year. Giordano was also from Maryland, and was arrested while trying to board a plane to the U.S. in the days after Gardner went missing, was named a suspect and held for four months, but he was later released and has never been charged, according to ABC News. “The suspect is Gary Giordano. Giordano is accused of murder. The case is still open, but it is cold,” said Ann Angela, Aruba Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman according to CBS Baltimore. He has denied having any part in her death, claiming she simply drowned in the water and he was trying to save himself. Though Gardner and Forester had talked about marriage, Forester said, she didn’t tell him she was going away with Giordano. "She told me she was going away on a family trip," Forester said. Gardner is a white female with blonde hair, 5-foot-5-inches tall, and weighing 130 pounds.
2. Amy Lynn Bradley
Born in Petersburg, Virginia, Amy Lynn Bradley went missing on a family Caribbean vacation after visiting the island of Aruba in March 1998. She was last seen in the early morning aboard the cruise ship, which was sailing in international waters from Aruba to Curacao of the Netherlands Antilles. Bradley was 24-years-old when she went missing. She is a white female with short brown hair, green eyes, and has four identifying tattoos. The FBI is offering a reward of $25,000 for information that helps lead to a resolution to this still unsolved disappearance.
3. Gary Makings
Family members are still searching for 59-year-old Gary Makings, who went missing while vacationing in Aruba in 2002. He was staying in a luxury villa and left to go snorkeling in Boca Catalina one morning. He never returned to his apartment, and family members continue searching for answers regarding his disappearance.
4. Willard 'Bud' Larson
Willard Larson, known as ‘Bud,’ went missing in Aruba on June 9, 1999. He was a construction worker in Seattle, Washington with an interest in windsurfing, and was last seen at a windsurfing board shop before disappearing at the age of 39. He is a white male with blonde hair and blue eyes. His family says he had been to Aruba one time before, and was last seen wearing a T-shirt and beach shorts and no shoes.
[Photos: Aruba Police Missing Persons]
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