Judge asked to declare Natalee Holloway dead

3:00 PM, Jan 11, 2012   |    comments
Natalee Holloway went missing in Aruba in 2005. (AP Photo)
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- An Alabama judge will hold a hearing Thursday on whether to sign a court order declaring Natalee Holloway dead more than six years after she disappeared in Aruba.

The hearing comes one day after a suspected questioned in her appearance, Joran van der Sloot, pleaded guilty to killing a woman in Peru.

Jefferson County Probate Judge Alan King is hearing a request by Natalee Holloway's father to have her declared dead.

The judge ruled in September that Dave Holloway had met the legal presumption of death and it was up to someone to prove Natalee didn't die on a high school graduation trip. The father's attorney, Mark White, said no new evidence has come forward and he will ask the judge to rule Natalee dead.

Attorneys said both of Natalee's parents plan to attend the hearing.

(Associated Press)

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