Natalee Holloway: Friend opens up on missing teen’s last hours and spotting Joran van der Sloot

One of the students who joined Natalee Holloway on the 2005 high school trip to Aruba, opened up this week and gave her version of what happened on the day the teen disappeared.

In an interview with Oxygen, Jessica Caoila spoke about her friend, Holloway, who disappeared in Aruba while there for what was supposed to be a fun senior students trip to celebrate high school graduation.

According to Caoila, several students visited a nightclub, Carlos’n Charlie’s, in Aruba, on May 30, 2005. Caoila stopped to get some street food when she happened to look up and see Natalee leaving in a white car.

“We decided that we were going to leave and wait for the shuttle and then while waiting for the shuttle grab some street food,” Caoila said. “While we were waiting for street food I remember seeing Natalee in a white car driving away, the window was down so we could see it was her in the back of the car. My impression was “Oh, great, she found a ride back to the hotel.'”

Caoila, who said she wasn’t close friends with Natalee, remembered she didn’t think much of seeing her leaving in a car. The next morning, others noticed Natalee didn’t come back to the hotel, but the general consensus was that she partied the night before and was having too much to make it back. Yet, as hours passed and no one could Natalee, the situation went from humorous to frantic.

Caoila thought back to the last time she saw Natalee and remembered seeing the primary person in Natalee’s disappearance, Joran Van der Sloot, in a casino close to the hotel Natalee was staying at. Caoila admitted that other than thinking van der Sloot was cute, she didn’t think much else about him.  She said she couldn’t remember if she saw Natalee with him at the time, but she was certain she saw Van der Sloot.

“I remember seeing Joran van der Sloot at the casino at our hotel. That was the first time I saw him and I remember chatter of him: ‘He’s so cute; who’s going to hook up with him?’ Those sort of things were floating around. That was probably the extent to which I got close to him.”

Joran van der Sloot is currently serving time for killing a woman in an unrelated charge. Although he still hasn’t been charged with Natalee’s death, it’s widely believed that he had something to do with her disappearance.

Meanwhile, Natalee’s remains, according to a prosecutor in Aruba, still have not been found. However, Natalee’s father, Dave Holloway, recently released a bombshell announcement that he found her remains. His revelation is the centerpiece of the Oxygen docu-series, The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway, airing Saturdays at 7/6c.

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