Parents look on as Natalee Holloway declared dead

8:12 AM, Jan 13, 2012   |    comments
Beth Holloway participates in the launch of the Natalee Holloway Resource Center on June 8, 2010 in Washington, DC. The non profit resource center was founded by Holloway and the National Museum of Crime & Punishment and was created to assist families of missing persons. Beth Holloway's daughter Natalee is the Alabama teen who disappeared five years ago in Aruba. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The parents of Natalee Holloway looked on somberly as a judge declared their daughter dead.

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Dave Holloway, Natalee's father, said the ruling closes one chapter in an ordeal that began when the 18-year-old disappeared in May 2005 during a high school graduation trip to Aruba.

But he said his daughter's body was never found and he's still hoping for justice.

Beth Holloway, who divorced Dave in 1993, had no immediate comment after Thursday's probate hearing in Birmingham. But her lawyer said witnessing Judge Alan King sign the order was tough on her.

Dave Holloway said the order will allow him to use his daughter's $2,000 college fund to help her younger brother. He will also stop paying for health insurance for her.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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