The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway is a true-crime documentary which explores the mysterious 2005 disappearance of a high school graduate and it is now available to watch on Sky – it’s a gripping weekend binge-watch.
On May 30 2005, an 18-year-old Natalee Holloway did not show up for flight home to the US from Aruba. She had been on a five-day high school graduation trip to the Caribbean country.
Last seen by her classmates in the early hours of the morning on the day of her flight, the girl had been seen leaving a bar by getting in a car with 17-year-old Joran van der Sloot and two of his friends, brothers 21-year-old Deepak and 18-year-old Satish Kalpoe.
Due to a lack of evidence, the men were released after they denied knowing anything about her disappearance.
In 2007, the case had come to a dead-end but was later reopened in 2008 after police managed to obtain video footage of Van der Sloot saying that Natalee had died on the morning of her disappearance and that a friend had disposed of her body.
However, Van der Sloot denied that what he had said was true and told the police that Natalee had been sold into sexual slavery – but then retracted these comments too.
The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway originally aired on Oxygen in 2017 and has now landed on Sky Crime and NOW TV.
The programme tells the story from the perspective of her father, Dave Holloway, who has continued to search for answers, 12 years after his daughter has disappeared.
Filmed in 2016, Holloway hired a private investigator to go through the evidence and see if they could find any new leads. This resulted in an informant by the name of Gabriel, who had claimed to be a roommate of Van der Sloot’s close friend John Ludwick, he said that Ludwick had been informed about what had actually happened to Natalee.
Speaking of Gabriel, Holloway said: “This is by far the most credible lead that I’ve seen in the last 12 years.”
The trailer shows Holloway overcoming his emotions as he hears what the evidence suggests, and shows how he even goes on to pursue Natalee’s rumoured burial sight to see if he can find his daughter’s remains.
In 2012, Van der Sloot was convicted of the murder of Stephany Flores Ramírez in Lima, Peru, which took place on May 30, 2010. This means it took place five years to the day that Natalee disappeared.
Whilst in prison for the murder of Stephany in 2016, Van der Sloot finally confessed to the murder of Natalee.
The Disappearance of Natalie Holloway is now available to watch on Sky Crime and NOW TV.
Check out the original trailer below.