When Natalee Holloway disappeared in 2005, the entire country reacted in horror.
Natalee had just graduated high school and was on a trip to Aruba with friends to celebrate. Hours before she was supposed to fly back home to Alabama and begin preparing for college life, the teen disappeared.
Natalee’s case rocked the entire world. Her body was never found, but she was declared dead “in absentia” in 2012.
While the world was watching for updates on Natalee’s case, wondering if there would ever be any closure, her family was privately grieving the loss of their beloved daughter. The investigation was filled with twists and turns and possible suspects, but Natalee’s mom, Beth, still remembers what made her accept the fact that her daughter was probably gone forever.
Exactly five years after Natalee’s disappearance, a 21- year-old student named Stephany Flores Ramírez disappeared in Lima, Peru. The man who pleaded guilty to murdering Stephany, Joran van der Sloot, was also one of the last people Natalee was seen with, and had been a main suspect in her death five years before.
Beth says Stephany’s murder led her to accept the fact that Natalee had likely also been murdered. She says the “ferocity” of Stephany’s murder “brought it full circle to me then as to what happened to Natalee.” From then on, Beth worked on understanding what had happened to her daughter, and finding “peace and joy” as she moves on.
Watch the video below to hear more of Beth’s story and how she’s moving forward with her life, and please SHARE this important message from her on Facebook.
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