The AP is reporting some breaking news in the May 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway.
ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) – Authorities have made an arrest in the case of missing U.S. teen Natalee Holloway, an Aruban official said Saturday without providing details about the development in the high-profile case.
Mariaine Croes, a spokeswoman for the public prosecutor’s office, said Aruban authorities were not prepared to disclose why the person was arrested or how they are allegedly connected to the disappearance of the American teenager on the Dutch Caribbean island nearly a year ago.
Croes would only say that the person who was arrested is 19 and has the initials “G.V.C.” Authorities in Aruba typically only release a suspect’s initials upon their arrest.
One site that has been following the case says that the suspect, 19 year-old Geoffrey van Cromvoirt, has a sister who is an Aruban police officer and that he’s a beach bum who is a friend of Steve Croes – the boat captain who attempted to provide an alibi for Joran van der Sloot last year.
The AP report does not mention of the story from last week about Aruban authorities looking for a 20-year-old man who allegedly harassed a woman on the same beach nine days before American teenager Natalee Holloway disappeared, but their proximity could be relevant.
Update: The New York Post confirms the basics of the story, and adds a few extra details.
April 17, 2006 — A Dutch teen who patrols the beaches of Aruba to keep them safe for tourists has emerged as a new suspect in the baffling disappearance of high-school beauty Natalee Holloway.
Aruban cops have arrested Geoffrey van Cromvoirt, 19, who’s father is the security expert in charge of video surveillance at the Holiday Inn where the 18-year-old Alabama student was staying the night she vanished, sources told The Post.
The younger van Cromvoirt works as a member of the island’s High Visibility Team, which keeps an eye on the island’s powder-white beaches 24 hours a day in a bid to thwart crime against tourists.
He was busted after authorities took into evidence a white T-shirt with the beach-patrol team’s name on it from his dad’s security group, the sources said.
ABC has a picture of Geoffrey van Cromvoirt in its coverage.
Note: van Cromvoirt’s first name was initially, inaccurately, identified as Godfried.