Natalee Holloway’s dad files papers to declare her legally dead

Natalee Holloway
Natalee Holloway

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC/WSFA) - A court document from the Jefferson County Probate Court says the father of Natalee Holloway has filed a petition to declare his daughter legally dead.

Originally reported by gossip site, a hearing is set for September 23rd in Judge Alan King's courtroom for Dave Holloway's petition.

To see the document, visit TMZ's posting of the petition.

The young woman, a Mountain Brook native, became the focus of heavy national media attention after she disappeared while on a graduation trip to Aruba in May of 2005.

Several investigations and arrests have not lead to any convictions and Holloway's location or fate has never been determined.

The lead suspect in the case, Joran van der Sloot, is currently incarcerated in Peru and awaiting trial for the murder of a Peruvian woman.

Holloway's mother, Beth Twitty, has long been outspoken about mistakes by Aruban authorities during the investigation and has appeared in numerous media interviews trying to find her daughter.

Holloway's parents are divorced and it's not immediately known if Beth Holloway agrees or disagrees with her ex-husband's petition.

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