Elizabeth Ann Holloway, mother of missing teen Natalee Holloway, is reportedly suing NBC’s Oxygen Media, saying they tricked her into providing a sample of her DNA under the false claim they had found her daughter’s remains.
Crime-themed cable network Oxygen was doing a six-part series on Alabama teen Natalee Holloway’s 2005 disappearance in Aruba titled The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway. Natalee’s mother Elizabeth Holloway alleges producers told her they found bones that they thought belonged to Natalee and would need her to provide DNA to confirm a match.
She says she believed Oxygen when they said they had found her daughter’s remains, and that it was the only reason she provided a sample of her saliva. The remains, however, did not belong to Natalee. Furthermore, of the four bone samples examined, only one was human, according to reports.
Elizabeth is also suing on behalf of daughter Natalee Holloway, using a legal theory called “outrage.” She says the series was not legitimate, and was a “pre-planned farce.”
“Tort of outrage” refers to civil action against someone who did or said something so insulting or outrageous to the plaintiff that they suffered subsequent emotional damage.
Natalee’s father, Dave Holloway, was a major part of the series. Dave and Elizabeth divorced in 1993, when Natalee was only seven years old, and 12 years before she vanished. David was in Aruba with a private investigator for 18 months searching for Natalee’s body. In fact, the series that premiered on the Oxygen channel in August 2017 chronicled his search.
In August 2017, while awaiting the DNA results, David said he did not think anything would come of the tests.
“We’ve chased a lot of leads and you have your hopes up, but when they fall through, you basically go to a funeral. Over and over again,” he told Fox News. “So you have a wall built up, which I do, and so you just wait and see and try not to think about it. And that’s the only way I can cope with it. I’m sure when that day comes very soon I’ll probably be disappointed once again, if it’s not [Natalee’s].”
Dave traveled to Aruba because he said he received a credible lead into Natalee’s disappearance from an informant named Gabriel, who befriended Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch man long considered to be the prime suspect in the case.
Van der Sloot, who is now 30, is serving a 28-year sentence in a Peruvian jail for killing business student Stephany Flores Ramirez. That murder took place exactly five years to the day after Natalee disappeared.
Natalee, who was 18 when she vanished, was last seen by classmates with Van der Sloot and two local residents in a car. According to Gabriel, Van der Sloot tried to kiss Natalee after he spiked her drink with GHB, a date rape drug. When she began to foam at the mouth, Van der Sloot allegedly panicked, and she choked on her vomit.
A few short hours later, Gabriel claimed, Joran asked his father and then judge in training, Paulus van der Sloot, for help. Paulus allegedly put Natalee’s folded body into a burlap sack and buried her in an Aruban park, placing a cactus over the spot.
Paulus, Gabriel said, told his son to never speak about what happened. But he allegedly confessed to his friend.
“They lived together for several months and during those months, Joran shared a lot of information with him that is not public knowledge … And that’s one of the reasons we pursued this,” Dave said.
Paulus van der Sloot died from a heart attack in 2010 at the age of 57.
Relying on this new information, Dave and the private investigator traveled to Aruba and collected evidence, which included the four bone fragments; none of which belonged to Natalee.