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Skeletal remains discovered in Aruba do not belong to Natalee Holloway

A forensic expert says tests on bone fragments found after an 18-month investigation came back negative for a match to the Alabama teen, who disappeared in Aruba in 2005.
/ Source: TODAY

Bone fragments found during a search in Aruba do not belong to Natalee Holloway, an Alabama teenager who vanished on the island in May 2005 during a high school graduation trip.

Tests on the fragments came back negative for a possible match to Holloway, forensic scientist Jason Kolowski told the Oxygen cable network.

Natalee Holloway, a teen from Alabama, went missing in Aruba in 2005 when she was on a graduation trip. ASSOCIATED PRESS

"Out of the four individual bone samples only one was found to be human,” said Kolowski, who led the testing and interpretation of the results for the six-part Oxygen series, "The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway," that aired in August.

The DNA bone sample was ruled out as Holloway after it failed to match to her mother, Kolowski said.

"We don't know if the person is male or female," he told Oxygen. "We don't know how old that person is. We don't know how long that person has been dead."

The identity of the person whose DNA was tested remains unknown, Kolowski said.

Natalee Holloway was 18 years old when she disappeared during her trip to Aruba. She was last seen with Dutch native Joran van der Sloot outside a popular tourist bar.

Van der Sloot is currently serving a 28-year prison sentence in Peru for killing business student Stephany Flores, who died on the fifth anniversary of Holloway's disappearance in 2010.