March 19, 2010
Posted: 08:00 PM ET
(March 19) - A retiree from Manheim, Pa., believes that a photo his wife took while snorkeling off the coast of Aruba reveals human remains, which could belong to missing American teen Natalee Holloway.
"It would be great if this is Holloway, and her family could get the closure that's needed," 78-year-old John Muldowney told AOL News.
The image was captured in October in about 15 feet of water, but the film was not developed until December, according to Muldowney. As they looked through the shots, his wife Pattie remarked, "'My God, this looks like a skeleton,'" he said. "And then we all looked and said, 'It sure does.' Our first thought then was that it was Natalee Holloway.'"
Patti Muldowney of Manheim, Pa., took this underwater photo while she and her husband, John, were on vacation in Aruba in early October 2009. John Muldowney says he has a gut feeling that the picture may show the remains of Natalee Holloway.
Muldowney says he took the photo to a friend who is a Navy SEAL and also to his family doctor to get their opinions on the photo.
"I did not prompt them in any way," he said. "They would go, 'Yeah, I see this snake here on the side,' and then they would notice the bottom and say, 'This looks like a body.' When my doctor looked at the picture, he said, 'It's definitely a body,' so then we decided to contact the police."
The local police put Muldowney in touch with the FBI, who instructed him to send the photo to their Philadelphia office. The photo was sent via certified mail on Feb. 4. Later, the FBI said he was allowed to release it to the media.
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