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Natalee Holloway Witness Discredited: Man Says He Saw Her Being Attacked

By    |   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 10:52 AM

The Natalee Holloway witness who came forward recently and said he saw the teen on the night of her 2005 disappearance has been dismissed, the Aruban prosecutor's office is now saying.

Holloway, who was 18 at the time, went missing in Aruba nearly 10 years ago.

Now, Jurrien de Jong, a Dutch man living in Amsterdam, told "Inside Edition" that he saw prime suspect Joran van der Sloot chase Holloway into a building under construction. The building is now the Marriott Surf Club.

“I saw that Joran was chasing Natalee into a small building under construction,” de Jong told "Inside Edition." “In about five minutes he came out with Natalee in his arms and slammed the body of Natalee on the floor and then made an opening in a crawl space and pulled the body by the ankles inside the crawl space.”

When asked why he did not go to authorities at the time, de Jong told "Inside Edition" he was involved in illegal activities of his own.

“I was between a rock and a hard place,” he said. “I saw a crime passing before my eyes but I also was at that moment busy with illegal activities, so I didn't know what to do.”

But now chief prosecutor Eric Olthog’s office has issued a press release discrediting the claim.

After checking with Marriott officials, the prosecutor found that the foundation to the hotel had not yet been poured and there was no construction work going on the night de Jong said he saw van der Sloot and Holloway.

"It becomes indisputably clear that on the 30th of May 2005, no construction or building activities were started at the location that Mr. de Jong has specifically pointed out as the spot where Natalee Holloway would have been hidden and/or buried," the prosecutor's office said in a statement obtained by People magazine this week.

"More concretely: the foundation of the Spyglass Tower . . . and of the staircase of the Spyglass Tower was not in place. This means that Natalee Holloway could never have been hidden and/or buried there."

Dave Holloway, Natalee's father, traveled to Aruba this month to learn more about de Jong's claims and even brought in private detective TJ Ward to help with the investigation.

“He was being truthful with what he said,” TJ Ward told "Inside Edition." “He was very stressed with what he said and he was embarrassed he didn't bring this forward.”

Van der Sloot, who was always a suspect but never charged, is currently serving a 28-year sentence for a 2010 murder in Peru.

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