Natalee Hollow: The Disappearance

"My daughter disappeared on May 30th. My first reaction was sheer panic. Within six hours after hearing that Natalee was missing, I was headed for Aruba."


Beth Twitty has experienced the horror that every parent fears: The disappearance of her only daughter. In the three-and-a-half months since Natalee went missing, Beth has dedicated her life to unlocking the

mystery behind her daughter's disappearance.


Natalee was last seen around 1:30 in the morning on May 30th getting into a car with three young men. Witnesses say 18-year-old Joran van der Sloot along with two brothers, 21-year-old Deepak and 18-year-old Satish Kalpoe departed from a local bar with Natalee in a small four-door vehicle.

"The boys say they left Carlos 'N Charlies, drove around to the

lighthouse, then they dropped her off at the Holiday Inn at 2 a.m.," says Beth, yet she is skeptical. "You can't be the last three men to be seen with a young girl alive and not have any information about where you left her. And I knew that my daughter had never been brought back to the Holiday Inn lobby. I knew that was a
lie." 

After 10 days police arrested the Kalpoe brothers and Joran. While in custody, the young men changed their story to say Natalee spent time alone with Joran at the beach at the end of the night, and that he left her there alone. Days later Joran's father, Paul van der Sloot, was also arrested, though he was
released 48-hours later. In the coming days, the Kalpoe brothers would be released, as well. 

Investigators searched the ocean, and they searched the local dump. "A witness told police that he'd seen these three young men placing Natalee's body in a landfill," says Beth. A tip from another witness led them to drain a nearby pond. 

"It's tough when you walk in there at night and you see her clothes

and her mother grabs her clothes and starts hugging them crying," says Beth's husband, Jug. 


The Kalpoe brothers were arrested a second time " but then released a second time along with Joran, leading Beth to tell the press, "So the suspects who took my daughter from Carlos N Charlie's, who were the last to

be seen with her alive and who admitted to committing or witnessing sexual assaults against her while she was unable to defend herself, are now free." 

Now, Dr. Phil has joined the search. He teams up with Jamie Skeeter, a retired chief of police and former commander, currently president of the California Association of Polygraph Examiners, to help Beth get some much-needed answers.