Lawmakers ask Alabama residents not to travel to Aruba

MONTGOMERY, Ala.(AP)_ The Alabama House has passed a resolution asking Alabama residents to boycott travel to Aruba. That's where an Alabama teenager has been missing for more than seven weeks.

The resolution expresses concern that no one has been charged in the disappearance of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway of Mountain Brook. She disappeared May 30 during a high school graduation trip to the Dutch Caribbean island.

Since Holloway's disappearance authorities in Aruba have detained seven people in connection with the case. But only 17-year-old Joran van der Sloot remains in custody. Holloway was last seen in public leaving a nightclub with van der Sloot.

The resolution was sponsored by Representative Leslie Vance of Phenix City. He says he hopes the threat of losing tourist dollars will encourage officials in Aruba to speed up the investigation.

The resolution is not a law and Vance says it is just a recommendation asking Alabama tourists to avoid Aruba until the Holloway case is resolved.

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