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Congressman says Aruban authorities going to Washington on Holloway case

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Aruban authorities, under pressure because of the unsolved disappearance of an Alabama teenager, will meet with officials in Washington to provide a detailed review of the investigation, a congressman said Monday.

The meetings will be held later this week in the case of Natalee Holloway, said Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Birmingham.

"This meeting will provide an opportunity, out of the media glare and in as unemotional manner as possible, for the Aruban and Dutch authorities to give a detailed review of the facts and evidence in the case, and to present us with information regarding the progress of the investigation and of their efforts and intentions going forward," Bachus said in a statement.

Bachus did not specify which officials from the Dutch Caribbean island will visit and said only that they would meet with him and "criminal justice and law enforcement officials."

Holloway, who was on a class trip to Aruba, was last seen on May 30, leaving a bar with a young Dutch national and two Surinamese brothers. They were arrested in June but were released after a court ruled there was insufficient evidence to hold them, drawing criticism from the Holloway family.

Gov. Bob Riley has called for a nationwide travel boycott of Aruba. Prime Minister Nelson Oduber, while expressing sympathy for the Holloway family, has said the boycott call is irresponsible.

Assistant Aruban Police Chief Gerold G. Dompig also has said Holloway's mother, Beth Twitty, has hurt the investigation by releasing sensitive information during her frequent television appearances.

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