Holloway's mom 'emotionally exhausted' from wait

Natalee Holloway and her mother, Beth Holloway
Natalee Holloway and her mother, Beth Holloway

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The mother of missing Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway is criticizing Aruban authorities for their handling of the latest developments in the disappearance of her daughter.

A lawyer for Beth Holloway said Tuesday she accepts the forensic conclusions that a jawbone found on the island isn't that of Natalee, who's been missing since a graduation trip in 2005.

But the statement says Holloway is deeply disappointed in the way she had to learn about the findings, which were released by authorities in a statement to the media and a news conference on the Caribbean island.

The statement says the teenager's mother is emotionally exhausted from the long wait.

The Aruban prosecutor's office said an analysis based on dental records rules out that the bone fragment came from her. It says forensic scientists in the Netherlands conducted a detailed examination.

Officials said Tuesday that the jawbone is human, but it's not clear to whom it belongs.

The Mountain Brook, Alabama, student was 18 when she disappeared during a high school graduation trip to Aruba in 2005. She was last seen with Dutchman Joran van der Sloot.

Van de Sloot has since been arrested and charged with murder in a different case involving another young woman. He has yet to go to trial for that case.

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