Beth Holloway opposes petition to declare Natalee dead

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Beth Holloway will oppose the petition filed by Dave Holloway to declare their daughter Natalee legally dead, said Beth Holloway's spokesperson Sunny Tillman on Thursday.

Dave Holloway filed a petition in a Jefferson County probate court in June 2011 to have his daughter declared legally dead. The petition will be heard in probate court in Birmingham tomorrow.

"Beth intends to oppose Dave's inexplicable effort to have Natalee declared dead," her attorney John Q. Kelly said today, according to a release sent by Tillman. "Beth gave birth to and raised Natalee, and will always hope and pray for Natalee's safe return. If Dave seeks closure on such a personal and sensitive matter, it should be respected, but not imposed upon Beth in such an adversarial and public manner," Kelly said.

Natalee Holloway was last seen in Aruba while on a senior graduation trip in May 2005. The main suspect in her case, Joran van der Sloot, is in prison awaiting the trial for the murder of a Peruvian woman. Despite several investigations and arrests, no one has been convicted in Natalee's disappearance.

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