Dutch investigators in Aruba search yard of one-time suspect in Holloway case

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) - Dutch police who traveled to Aruba to investigate the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway searched the yard of a one-time suspect Friday, the Aruban prosecutors' office said.

Using thin metal rods and shovels, police and forensic investigators churned up the earth outside the home of Joran van der Sloot, the last person known to have seen Holloway alive before she vanished in May 2005 during a school vacation on the Dutch Caribbean island.

"The investigation has never stopped and the Dutch authorities are completely reviewing the case for new indications," Vivian van der Biezen, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office, told reporters gathered outside the home.

She said roughly 20 investigators arrived from Holland on June 16, but that she could not say why they were searching the property.

She did not know how long they planned to stay. The prosecutors' office said in a statement that, "the team has indications that justify a more thorough search."

It did not provide further details.

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