Veteran forensic scientist gets one step closer to identifying possible remains of Natalee Holloway

A veteran forensic scientist has gotten step closer to telling us whether or not bone fragments recently found in Aruba are the remains of Natalee Holloway, who went missing in 2005.

Dr. Jason Kolowski, a former Forensic Laboratory Director of the D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences, has analyzed the fragments on behalf of the Holloway family, as reported by Oxygen. He has said that the bone fragments found in Aruba by private investigator T.J. Ward are of a single human and that human is of European descent. Both of these identifiers match the presumed-dead Natalee Holloway.

“They are human, and they are of Caucasian, European descent,” he said.

However, Kolowski will not be able to tell us if the remains are male or female until September. This is due to the fact that the DNA found on the bone fragments is mitochondrial, which takes longer to test than the more commonly found nuclear DNA.

“We are in the dark as to whether these remains are male or female, genetically,” he continued.

Mitochondrial DNA is derived only from one’s mother so Kolowski has procured a sample from Beth Holloway as a possible match, noting that her DNA would be exactly the same as Natalee’s.

As reported by Crime Online, Natalee Holloway disappeared while on a class trip in 2005. According to a friend, she was last seen with a man named Joran van der Sloot, who is serving a 28-year prison sentence for the murder of another woman. Though a person of interest in Natalee’s disappearance and presumed murder, he has never been charged.

[Feature Photo: Family Handout]