Natalee Holloway Center opening in Washington

BIRMINHAM, AL (AP) - The Natalee Holloway Resource Center opens Tuesday in Washington to provide families of missing persons help with managing their crisis and to give students advice on traveling safely.

The nonprofit center is located at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment, and it's named for the Mountain Brook teenager who disappeared five years ago on a class trip to Aruba.

Museum chief operating officer Janine Vaccarello said museum officials are working with Natalee Holloway's mother, Beth Holloway Twitty, to develop the center.

The opening comes just days after the main suspect in Holloway's disappearance, Joran van der Sloot was arrested for a woman's death in Peru and was charged with trying to extort $250,000 for information about what happened to Holloway.

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