Know More About Natalee
Natalee is the eldest daughter born in Clinton Mississippi. When her loving parents have decided to divorce, Natalee and her brother Mathew were then raised by their mother. Her mother again married an Alabama businessman. Natalee was a member of a dance squad, national honor society and also a participant of an extra-curricular participant in their school.
Senior Adventure and Trip
Before the start of Natalee’s new adventure, she already graduated from Mountain Brook Alabama with honors. This is the reason why her parents allowed Natalee to go out on a trip with her former schoolmates before separating schools before heading to their senior high school years.
May 26, 2005, Natalee and her one hundred twenty-four schoolmates arrived in Aruba Island. This is a five-day vacation for all the graduates of Mountain Brook school. The group was accompanied by seven chaperones who usually meet the students every now for them to be safe.
Time for Party
As Natalee and her classmates settled on the island of Aruba, they prepared a party. A lot of underage drinks and wild parties were also prepared. Apart from that, there was also a call room switching mixing the female and male students around. Natalee also drank every day as she and her schoolmates stayed in Aruba.
Time for a Drink Outside
Before their departure, Natalee and her friends still had the time to party. Nevertheless, she ran into a young, handsome Dutch immigrant whose name is Joran Van Der Sloot. They hit off immediately, and they leave the party area with the Dutch man and his two Surinamese handsome friends named Deepak Kalpoe and Satish Kalpoe.
Joran Van Der Sloot is a son of a well-known art teacher and a lawyer in Arnhem Netherland. They have just moved in Aruba in the year if 1990. He became an honor student and a star athlete when he studied in the International school in the place. Such skills have impressed Natalee that made her decide on going out with him.
Natalee was seen by her schoolmate just outside the vicinity of Carlos’n Charlies in Aruba at 1:30 am on May 30, 2005. She also rides into the car with the two friends of Joran. The following day, the chaperones and the schoolmates of Natalee waited for her at the airport, but she didn’t appear. Hence, they think that she is missing.
The authorities of Aruba started to search immediately for Natalee. They’ve checked the island as well as all surrounding places where Natalee could be found. They’ve also asked the classmates and schoolmates of her the night before she was lost.
The Following Morning
Upon knowing that Natalee is lost, her parents flew immediately to Aruba. After finally figuring out everything, her mother determined that the last person who was with Natalee was Joran. When Joran was asked, he told that he just dropped Natalee off at a hotel at exactly 2:00 am. Apart from that, he also told the authority that they unexpectedly fell as she exited the car.
Another Suspicious Person
Joran also told the authority that he saw Natalee approaching a man wearing a black shirt while she was heading to a hotel. He immediately assumed that it was a security guard to offer some help to Natalee. June 5, police authority of Aruban detained and tracked down Abraham Jones and Nick John who were the past security of the nearby hotel where Natalee was seen.
The authority in Aruban also received some reports that the two detained security guards were also known in cruising hotels in picking up ladies. One of the guards was also involved in an incident of illegality in law enforcements. But still, the men continued to offer solid alibis with the disappearance of Natalee. These men were released on the 25th of June 2005 without any charges.
Bring Em’ in
With newer leads, the police officials made an effort to re-up the investigation into the involvement of Van der Sloot and his friends. They were all arrested due to murder and kidnapping assault of Natalee Holloway. This was most certainly a shock. They were still not in custody for a long time. The police of Aruban could not provide the required evidence in holding the men for several days. They still got back to square one.
The police officials have found a 6th suspect named Steve Gregory Croes, a disc jockey. During the questioning procedure, his name was mentioned by Kalpoe and Vander Sloot brothers. Even if the police officials still suspected der Sloot, they believed it further investigating different angles is a must. The alibi of cross was airtight. They also had brought the father of der Sloot in quest of the solution to the issue.
The police officials decided of going back to their previous suspects. The story had just changed with the brothers of Kalpoe who turned on their friend. The story also claimed that three men remembered Kalpoes dropped Holloway and Van der Sloot at the beach of Marriott Hotel near the huts of the fishermen.
With conflicting stories that have existed, the police officials did not charge Joran and the brothers of Kalope. In November 2007, they were arrested with Joran van der Sloot who was incarcerated and extradited in Aruba and was charged again for this crime.
The Dutch media had finally released a report on the 1st day of February 2008 emphasizing that Joran van der Sloot became involved in the disappearance. The broadcast emphasized footage excerpts from microphones and cameras in Patrick van der Eem car. It was Van der Eem who had earned the trust of Joran. They then drove around and smoked marijuana.
According to Joran van der Sloot, he was actually with Natalee when suddenly; he started shaking violently at the beach. After her convulsions, she, later on, became unresponsive where he had no choice but to revive her. Daury, his friend, told him of going back home after Natalee’s body.
The Plot Thickens
With Joran van der Sloot’ confession, he was still not arrested before Natalee’s death. On the 29th day of March 2010, he called Beth Tweety offering her the true revelation of the body of Holloway. The deal involved giving up the location while Beth Tweety would pay for 250, 000 dollars.
Beth informed the FBI and arranged the entire transaction. On the 10th day of May, Beth also transferred 15,000 dollars to his account in the Netherlands. Van der Sloot was then charged on the 3rd day of June in the U.S.D.C of Northern Alamaba with wire fraud and extortion.
Van Der Sloot Caught
After he flew to Aruba with money sent by Beth, he first headed to Peru. On the 30th day of May 2010, after Holloway’s disappearance, it was Stephany Flores who is reportedly missing in Peru, Lima. She was then found in a hotel room of Van der Sloot. His indictment is twenty-eight years of imprisonment.
Never Stop Looking
For almost twelve years, the parents of Natalee who once parted their ways chase for any possible pieces of evidence about the case. They hoped for the leads on the sea, air and land just to search for Natalee’s remains. They also mentioned about the safe travel practices of teens.
Dave Holloway already filed his petition claiming that his daughter was legally dead. The judge finally discussed it and ruled in favor of Dave. A 2nd hearing was then held on the 12th day of January 2012. Natalee was already dead while her parents had to heal themselves.
Healing Years Later
Natalee’s parents composed two books about Natalee and their experiences in Aruba. You may think of those books as an outlet for their great grief and very sad uncertainty.
Visiting a Killer
Joran van der Sloot is imprisoned in Peru for the Flores murder since 2010. Beth Holloway took a decision to face the man that she knew to be her daughter’s killer. She later said that once she had seen and spoken to him, she was able to move on with her life, find peace, joy, and happiness.
The Rachel Natacha Owens Case
Rachel Owens was just another 15-year-old girl with a rebellious streak that drove her parents a little crazy. That is until she took it all way too far and disappeared. For years, her parents tirelessly searched for her until the search came to an end, five years later. The result of the search is every bit as shocking as the disappearance of the missing girl itself.
Rebel Without a Cause
At 15, Rachel Natacha Owens was a girl that had a strong will and knew exactly what she wanted to do, who she wanted to do it with, and couldn’t be convinced otherwise. This stubbornness had begun to drive her parents up the wall, but they had no idea how much worse it would get.
One of the things Rachel liked to do was skip school. That’s not that unusual since most teenagers skip school at some point or another. However, she started to even push that simple act of rebellion further and further during her teenage years.
Despite her rebelliousness, Rachel was regarded as a good girl overall. She was kind-hearted, liked to help others, and cared for people. She certainly wasn’t someone who would want to hurt anyone. Unfortunately, having a kind heart doesn’t always protect you in today’s world.
Up All Night
Troubles began to mount when Rachel started taking her rebellious behavior to the next level. Instead of just skipping school and coming home, she’d stay out well past her curfew, or even not come back until a day or two later, leaving her parents frightened and unsure of what to do.
Tougher Than She Looked
Although Rachel was a rebel, she didn’t look the part. With glasses and a ready smile, she stood at 5’6″ and never seemed to be someone who may disappear for good. The only real sign of her adventurous nature was her hair, which she regularly dyed in different colors.
Like so many teens who wind up missing and often meet tragic ends, Rachel was very much your average American student. She liked to goof off with her friends as a student of South Brunswick High School in Boiling Spring Lakes, North Carolina. However, there was no real indication that she’d become a missing girl one day.
Middle School Problems
Rachel started to become more difficult in middle school. In 2010, Rachel attended a middle school dance but failed to come home afterward. It was a sign of things to come and the first time that Rachel was a missing girl, but certainly not the last.
Looking for Trouble
Her parents were fortunate enough to find her later that night, but they weren’t very happy once they did. She was sitting in a green Honda Civic with the car’s 21-year-old owner, Santos Pacheco-Sarmiento. Fortunately, she was unharmed, although the man had drugs in his possession.
She’s a Little Runaway
Rachel’s parents would be distraught to learn that her first disappearance was the beginning of a pattern that would emerge over the next year. During that time, Rachel would regularly run away from home, though she was never gone long.
Not Giving Up
Of course, Rachel’s parents, Kenneth and Kathy, weren’t going to give up on their daughter just because she had picked up a habit for running off now and then. They figured that it was just a stage, along with her troublesome attitude. Like all stages, they thought it would pass, but they had no idea what would happen next.
May 5, 2011
Rachel was nearing the end of the school year at South Brunswick High School on the day when her life, and those of her family members, would change forever. That was the day that she was dropped off for school, but not only didn’t go to class but also didn’t come home.
Shockingly, Rachel managed to get out of the school bus and take off before going in the school doors. A surveillance camera verified that she was seen getting into a car in a parking lot located next to the school. It was May 5, 2011, a day that her parents and many others would never forget.
Someone She Knows
Because of the nature of her disappearance, it was immediately assumed that Rachel would be found with someone that she knew. After all, someone was waiting for her to get into a car in the adjacent parking lot that day; which indicated that her disappearance was planned ahead of time. The police immediately thought of Santos Pacheco-Sarmiento.
The Investigation Begins
Unfortunately, the police didn’t get anywhere with their first suspect, Santos Pacheco-Sarmiento. The car that Rachel was seen getting into was reportedly a small, dark-colored vehicle. With Pacheco-Sarmiento crossed off the list and Rachel still a missing girl, nobody knew just how long the search would go on.
Not Adding Up
Although Rachel had gone missing before, there was something about this time that was much different. She would never be gone for long, especially without communicating with her family. As time passed and they failed to receive a single call or text message from their daughter, the Owens started to realize that something greater was amiss.
The Search Gets Serious
With no real leads for the whereabouts of Rachel Owens, a reward of $5,000 was put into place to find more information about where she might be. The thinking was that with a cash offer in place, a friend who may be covering for her would be more motivated to give her parents or the authorities some information.
The search would become a national one, but a lot of the efforts were focused throughout North and South Carolina. In fact, the vehicle that Rachel disappeared in had South Carolina plates. Members of the community banded together to help with the search efforts, hoping that they would eventually find a living, breathing person and not just a body.
Everyone knew that the search had become serious when the Federal Bureau of Investigation became involved. Although everyone was hopeful that the FBI’s involvement would turn up some leads, it also meant that the case had taken a serious turn and that Rachel may be in grave danger – or worse.
Police became even more concerned when details came about regarding Rachel’s apparent desire to run to Mexico. Rachel had even written a story in the weeks before her disappearance depicting her escaping off to Mexico. When asked, her friends confirmed that it seemed like something she would have done.
Rachel or Raquel?
It seemed that there was more mysteriousness to this missing girl than what her parents knew. Her friends say she used to pretend to be Hispanic and call herself “Raquel” from time to time. She was able to pass herself as an adult because of her mature looks, added her sister, Rebekah. She would use that ability to sneak into clubs and bars at times.
The Search Continues
Rachel’s parents were completely distraught. As the days and weeks passed, they went through her diary for clues, talked to her friends again and again, and tried whatever they could to uncover a lead about where she might be. Nothing turned up, however.
Getting the Word Out
Rachel’s loved ones were hopeful that the publicity from the case would help someone recognize her and contact the authorities. With people sharing her information on social media and posters all over the region, it seemed that someone would have to recognize the missing girl eventually.
Dead Ends Everywhere
The FBI has all the expertise in the world when it comes to dealing with these types of disappearances, yet they couldn’t even get a whiff of what Rachel’s whereabouts may be. Even with a description of the car and the ability to check through the missing girl’s cell phone records, nothing turned up that they could use.
Months Away from Home
Weeks turned into months, and Rachel still hadn’t been located. No promising leads had turned up. Privately, many involved in the investigation began to wonder if she would ever be seen alive again. Publicly, her family continued to plead for her to come home and endure sleepless nights as they hoped for their daughter’s return.
This went on and on for an interminable five years. Rachel disappeared before she even earned her first driving license, and now she would be 21 years old if she was even alive. Her parents had not given up hope, but many people believed that the missing girl would never be seen again. Little did everyone know that the search was about to reach a shocking conclusion.
Seasons of Sadness
The Owens never gave up on the hope that they would see their daughter, Rachel. As the years passed, they would even continue to hang up a stocking for the missing girl in the hopes that she would turn up again as some Christmas miracle. However, it was not to be.
Signs of Life
Investigators had spent years tracking down even the most improbable leads, while teams of searchers scoured woods, ditches, and ravines, hoping they wouldn’t find a body matching Rachel’s description. Then, evidence came about that the missing girl may not only be alive but living in Ohio.
Break in the Case
The FBI had received a tip that someone matching Rachel’s description had been spotted in Columbus, Ohio. Still, they weren’t able to locate her right away. It would be yet another six months before the next break in the case would take place. The FBI offered a reward to expedite the process.
Knock on the Door
Sure enough, Rachel was alive. Well over five years after she skipped out on school, got into a car and never came back, she opened her door in Ohio to find an FBI agent on her doorstep. Then, she knew that she had to come clean. She admitted that she was Rachel Owens, the missing girl from all those years before.
The investigators told Rachel’s parents that they suspected that she was alive and living in Ohio, but it only led to more questions. It seems that the missing girl had actually created a new identity and been living on her own in an attempt to avoid going back home. What was going on?
Lack of Information
When found, Rachel was willing to reunite with her family, who were as bewildered as you might expect. However, she was not forthcoming about the circumstances of her disappearance or why she would have remained in hiding for five years while those who cared about her searched tirelessly for her, wondering if she was dead. Understandably, her family wanted answers.
No Foul Play
The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office had determined that no foul play had been involved in Rachel’s disappearance. For the time being, her family was just relieved that Rachel was alive and safe. After all, the vast majority of those who go missing don’t survive if they aren’t found quickly, and five years is a very long time.
One Phone Call
In the time following Rachel’s discovery in Ohio, her parents have only had a short phone conversation with her so far. They have also received a recent photo of her, but they have not yet reunited. The circumstances make many wonder whether all was well with Rachel for the many years that she was away from home.
How Did She Survive?
Rachel’s sister has a lot of questions about how Rachel was able to survive on her own after leaving home with no resources, job training, or ability to make a living at just 15 years old. Still, she is simply happy for now that her sister has been found, while her mother has chosen not to comment yet.
In this photo, Rachel Owens is seen as she looks today. Her story appears to have had a happy ending, although no details have been given yet on why she disappeared in the first place and chose not to reveal her whereabouts. In most cases, a missing girl who is gone for as long as she was is in serious danger from human traffickers, abusers, murderers, and other threats. While her family has a lot of unanswered questions, the fact that she’s alive is a triumph in and of itself.