The skull of the Alabama teen, who vanished 12 years ago, was burned in an Aruba cave, a friend of the prime suspect in the case said in a new video.
A renewed probe into the disappearance of Natalee Holloway led her father, Dave, and private investigator T.J. Ward to a friend of Joran Van der Sloot — a man long suspected of killing the teen.
The friend, John Ludwick, told the pair Van der Sloot discussed having the girl’s remains cremated with him and that he was paid $1,500 to dig up her body in 2010, International Business Times reported.
Though it is illegal to cremate humans in Aruba, some morgues cremate pets, Ludwick said, detailing how Van der Sloot spent hours crushing the girl’s bones.
“The idea was to crush everything to the point where it wasn’t recognizable as her bones or skull or anything like that,” Ludwick said in “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway,” an Oxygen mini-series documenting the investigation.
“The only thing that got burned was the skull to burn the hair fibers,” he said. “It was doused in gasoline in a fire pit in a cave.”
Ludwick also revealed that the girl’s crushed remains were mixed with those of a dog to make it difficult to identify her.
Natalee Holloway, 18, vanished in 2005 during a graduation trip to the island. Van der Sloot — who is serving time in Peru for an unrelated murder — allegedly gave the teen the date-rape drug GHB, and she choked on her own vomit.
Her remains were never found but bone fragments discovered during the new investigation are currently in a lab for DNA testing.