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March 19, 2010

Body of Natalee Holloway found?

Posted: 08:00 PM ET

Via AOLNews.com

(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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A. Smith, Oregon   March 19th, 2010 8:24 pm ET

Released the photo in Feb. to the FBI, and this story is released on March 19th. I guess that body is still floating in the Carbbean waters then?

Is the FBI so understaffed from the hundreds of Billions of taxpayer dollars that Bush-Cheney poured into their corrupt organization after 9/11 they can't even order one of their field agents stationed in Aruba to help recover a body in a timely matter?

If that photo shows a body, it sends very troubling signals in regards to the FBI's utter lapse in judgment to immediately secure the body before more natural damage occurs.


Susan Bannister   March 19th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

I sincerely hope this tip brings some closure to the family and bring all of us some peace of mind wondering where Natalie went and what became of her remains. It is a great loss and tragedy–she had such great potential to be a physician someday.


MourningMJ   March 20th, 2010 12:26 am ET

God Bless the Holloway family. I think it would be easier for the family to accept her death than the "not knowing" at all. I've followed this poor family's tragedy since day one, and Natalee has always been in my thoughts. Someone knows something- Perhaps it's this picture with no voice at all that will speak volumes.

God Bless Natalee Holloway and Family


steffy   March 20th, 2010 3:17 am ET

How many more days,months are going to pass before someone goes to recover the body then? My thoughts and prayers are with the family.


Gerald Jolly   March 20th, 2010 5:33 pm ET

This is what comes of parents that would allow their young daughter to travel to a destination that is well known for sexual attacks on young white girls.

Althought I feel very sorry for the family and the victim, i place most of the blame on parents that allow just too much latitude to their daughters where danger is present and well known of.

When a parent would expose his young daughter to a place where rape, sexual attack is quite common place, what the heck do you think will happen.

Would these twoparents have allowed their white young daughter to go for a walk after midnight in the ghettos of Harlem in New York??

I think not.

Then why did they allow her to go to a place that is just as deprived as the ghetto in Harlem.

TOO BAD, I'M SAD, AND THE VICTIM AINT GLAD!!!!!


Cajazz76:24:8   March 20th, 2010 10:38 pm ET

This seems awfully premature to be newsworthy..


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Anne D   March 21st, 2010 10:59 pm ET

I'm sure Natalie's family has held on to the slight possibility that Natalie might still be alive. It would be wonderful if she were. However, if she is not, I hope her body is found so that the family can at least bring her home. The not knowing is as painful as the loss itself.


cyndi   March 22nd, 2010 5:28 pm ET

went to Aruba once, will never return..prostitutes in hotel lobby waiting for ships to come in ,& planes to fly in..horrible, young girls too...


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