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Natalee Holloway may be declared dead

Janelle Vreeland

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Judge to begin hearing on whether or not to declare Natalee Holloway dead

Natalee Holloway has been missing since May 2005. Now, a judge is facing the difficult decision of whether or not to declare Holloway dead.

USA Today reports that Probate Judge Alan King is hearing a request by Holloway’s father to have her declared dead. The judge ruled in September that Dave Holloway had met the legal presumption of death for his daughter and it was up to someone to prove that she didn’t die in Aruba. The hearing was set for Thursday to provide time for anyone with evidence to come forward.

Holloway’s attorney, Mark White, says no new evidence has emerged.

The hearing comes a day after Joran van der Sloot pleaded guilty to the murder of Stephany Flores in Peru in May 2010. Van der Sloot has been a suspect in the Natalee Holloway case, but has not been charged.

Read more about Natalee Holloway here. Read more about Joran van der Sloot here and here.

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