On May 29 – the last night of their trip – Hollway and her friends headed to a bar. While there, she apparently got talking with Joran van der Sloot, a student originally from the Netherlands who now lived on the island. And according to some witnesses, the pair left together at around 1:30 a.m., accompanied by van der Sloot’s friends, two brothers named Deepak and Satish Kalpoe.
The next morning, however, Holloway did not turn up to catch her flight. What’s more, when the trip’s chaperones went to the hotel to look for her, the only things they found were her passport and luggage – all packed up and ready to go. And on hearing that her child was missing, Holloway’s mother Beth Twitty flew immediately to Aruba.
Somehow, Twitty managed to get hold of van der Sloot’s name and address, as she knew that he had been with her daughter the previous night. However, when questioned by Twitty and the Aruban police, van der Sloot claimed that he had taken Holloway back to her hotel at about 2:00 a.m.