Missing Teen Natalee Holloway Declared Dead
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The parents of Natalee Holloway looked on somberly as a judge on Thursday declared their child dead, more than six years after the American teenager vanished during a high school graduation trip to the Caribbean island of Aruba. (Jan. 12)

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[Location - Date:][Source:][VO:][VOICE-OVER](Dave Holloway, father)"I prepared myself for this day six-and-a-half, seven years ago."THE WORDS OF A FATHER WHO JUST HEARD A JUDGE DECLARE HIS DAUGHTER DEAD...THE PARENTS OF NATALEE HOLLOWAY LOOKED ON AS A JUDGE SIGNED THE DEATH CERTIFICATE FOR THE TEEN -- WHO VANISHED DURING A HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION TRIP IN ARUBA.(mother's attorney Charlie DeBardeleben )"as a mother. It's got to be tough. But, she's ready to move on from this and hopefully, justice, justice will be served in this matter."NATALEE HOLLOWAY WAS 18-YEARS-OLD IN 2005- WHEN SHE WAS LAST SEEN LEAVING A BAR EARLY WITH A YOUNG DUTCHMAN, JORAN VAN DER SLOOT...HER BODY WAS NEVER FOUND DESPITE MULTIPLE SEARCHES AND INVESTIGATIONS THAT DREW INTENSE MEDIA SCRUTINY AND WORLDWIDE ATTENTION.DAVE HOLLOWAY SOUGHT THE ORDER IN ORDER TO STOP PAYING HIS DAUGHTER'S HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUMS AND TO TRANSFER HER COLLEGE FUND TO HER YOUNGER BROTHER. HE SAYS THE JUDGE'S ORDER CLOSES ONE CHAPTER IN A LONG ORDEAL--ADDING THAT THE HOLLOWAY FAMILY STILL HAS A LONG WAY TO GO TO GET JUSTICE...DAVE HOLLOWAY IS DIVORCED FROM NATALEE'S MOTHER--WHO ALSO ATTENDED THE HEARING, BUT DECLINED TO SPEAK TO THE PRESS.(Dave Holloway, father)"So, it. Yeah, it's emotional and it'll probably start sinking in, in the next few days and it's something that you'll never get over."MEANWHILE, A LONG-TIME SUSPECT IN NATALEE HOLLOWAY'S DISAPPEARANCE--PLEADED GUILTY EARLIER THIS WEEK TO THE MURDER OF A YOUNG WOMAN IN PERU.JORAN VAN DER SLOOT MET STEPHANY FLORES AT A CASINO IN LIMA... FLORES WAS KILLED IN 2010--FIVE YEARS TO THE DAY AFTER HOLLOWAY DISAPPEARED.(Dave Holloway, father)"Well, I hope that the Flores family will finally get justice. I hope that the court system there renders the proper decision. I'm hopeful that if he gets any reduction off of his time it'll be very minimal if anyhow. He committed a very heinous crime and I think that the investigation there shows that."ATTORNEYS FOR THE HOLLOWAYS SAY THEIR CLIENTS HOPE VAN DER SLOOT'S NEXT STOP IS BIRMINGHAM. HE FACES FEDERAL CHARGES ACCUSING HIM OF TRYING TO EXTORT $25,000 FROM BETH HOLLOWAY FOR INFORMATION HE SAID WOULD LEAD TO THE LOCATION OF HER DAUGHTER'S BODY.[SIGOUT/REPORTER, LOCATION, ASSOCIATED PRESS](****END****) VIDEO SOURCE: AP Television, Pool, AP Photos----------------------- VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: AP Clients Only----------------------------------