Natalee Holloway was an American teen who disappeared during a graduation trip to Aruba in 2005. Now, her mother Elizabeth is suing the NBC-owned Oxygen Media for allegedly “tricking her” into handing over her daughter’s DNA for a six-part docu-series on her disappearance.
Fox News reports that a judge declared Natalee dead in 2012. According to TMZ, the Oxygen Network told Dave and Elizabeth, Natalee’s parents, that the premise of the show revolved around new evidence containing Natalee’s remains.
In the suit, Elizabeth alleges that Oxygen lied to her, and that “no such remains were ever found.” Fox News reports that Elizabeth reportedly gave the producers a saliva sample belonging to her late daughter. Elizabeth said that she was “horribly embarrassed” about giving Oxygen her daughter’s DNA sample when the remains found in Aruba didn’t belong to Natalee, according to TMZ.
Elizabeth’s ex-husband and Natalee’s father, Dave, played an integral role in the Oxygen series. In August 2017, while they were testing the two DNAs to see if they were a match, Dave told Fox News that every time they would find a false lead in his daughter’s case, it was extremely painful for him.
“We’ve chased a lot of leads and you have your hopes up, but when they fall through, you basically go to a funeral. Over and over again. So you have a wall built up, which I do, and so you just wait and see and try not to think about it. And that’s the only way I can cope with it. I’m sure when that day comes very soon I’ll probably be disappointed once again, if it’s not [Natalee’s].”
In light of what Dave said, one may find it understandable how Elizabeth feels about the false lead and why she felt compelled to sue Oxygen because of her emotional pain.
According to TMZ, Elizabeth is suing on behalf of Natalee, allegedly calling the docu-series “pre-planned farce.” Fox News reports that the series was set to be called, “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway.”
Joran Van der Sloot, a native of Aruba, has long been considered a suspect in the case. In the series, Dave supposedly met with an informant who had information from Van Der Sloot himself regarding the case.
Van Der Sloot is now serving a 28-year prison sentence for killing student Stephany Flores in Peru, five years after Natalee went missing.