The mother of Natalee Holloway has sued the National Enquirer, saying the tabloid published untrue stories to profit from her daughter’s 2005 disappearance in Aruba, reports the Associated Press. Beth Holloway said the magazine and its publisher, American Media Inc., published “false headlines, articles and statements” for nearly seven years. Holloway’s attorney, Lin Wood, said, “We had no choice but to file this lawsuit. This is a mother who has exercised every effort to make sure her daughter is alive.”
Natalee Holloway was 18 when she vanished during a high school graduation trip to Aruba. She was last seen leaving a bar the morning of May 30, 2005 with Joran van der Sloot, a Dutchman who was raised in Aruba. Holloway’s body was never found and the ensuing searches for her would create intense media scrutiny and worldwide attention. In January, a judge declared Holloway dead. Van der Sloot faces extortion and wire fraud charges in Alabama in connection with Holloway’s unsolved disappearance in Aruba exactly five years before he killed Peruvian college student Stephany Flores after meeting her in a Lima casino.