Natalee Holloway skeleton photographed? Photo is “on its way to Bridgetown Barbados” FBI office.

U.S. Tourists go to media after FBI inaction

An American tourist to Aruba might have photographed Natalee Holloway’s skeleton on the bottom of the ocean in October of 2009. John Muldowney of Manheim, Pennsylvania made some photographs of the sea bottom while on vacation in Aruba but didn’t notice what appears to be a dressed skeleton until he and his wife reviewed their photos after returning home.

Muldowney turned the photos over to the American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) but just now went to the news media after the FBI did nothing for many months.

(Hey… was that FBI office staffed with ex-RBPF officers?)

You can see the photo above – and what is that straight striped object to the right? That looks to be man-made to me – but then again I’m a drunk, not a forensic expert. Sometimes there’s a difference, ya know!

Does the photo show the last remains of the missing Natalee Holloway? Stay tuned…

Further Reading

NBC Philadelphia: Holloway’s Dad: Speak Out About Photo

Previous BFP Natalee Holloway stories

February 4, 2008: Joran van der Sloot Says Natalee Holloway Was Dumped Into The Sea – Possibly While Still Alive

February 16, 2007: Say “Aruba” – Think “Natalee Holloway”

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57 responses to “Natalee Holloway skeleton photographed? Photo is “on its way to Bridgetown Barbados” FBI office.

  1. Duh

    From that pic it could be anything from a skelton to the virgin Mary.

  2. Snake

    From the Muldowneys’ interview on CNN, they said the striped object to the right was a snake (which is what his wife was actually photographing).

  3. Typical CNN, report news before it is news!

  4. seminole

    I don’t see the skeleton. Where is it?

  5. Miss Guyana

    I myself do not see the skeleton, plus I did not know the FBI maintained an office in Bridgetown.

  6. The ONE

    “and what is that straight striped object to the right? That looks to be man-made to me”

    Its called a sea snake! Are you pseudo islander or what? You must have see one of these before, have you not seen endless summer II? Let me know!

  7. Miss Guyana

    Well the straight stripped object looks to me like the tail of a tiger, but then again I a real Guyanese, plus in my country the colour of the water does not permit seeing the sea bed, muchless a sea snake.

  8. Lady Anon

    Just looks like a pile of rocks. Light and shadow could make it look like anything.

  9. Something(s) Happening

    Miss Guyana

    March 19, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    I myself do not see the skeleton, plus I did not know the FBI maintained an office in Bridgetown.
    *****************************************
    Yes Ms. GT,

    Since that damn scamp Owen Arthur disclose…then denied….his knowledge of an FBI investigation on him and other cohorts of his BLP Administration…….the FBI has chosen to set up shop here.

  10. David

    The news said eye sockets and a jawline could be seen. I’m not seeing either one. It said an arm and what appears to be tattered clothing could be seen. I’m not seeing that either. In my opinion they’re seeing the image of a rock formation effected by the direction of the light from the waters surface. If that area is a popular snorkling spot near a shipwreck, then a body would have already been found if it existed.

  11. michellefrommadison

    Q: HAS NATALEE HOLLOWAY’S BODY BEEN FOUND?

    A: Not likely. Perhaps one should include what a tramp Natalee was to inject herself onto a situation of ever becoming a missing person in the first place so you can help to save other girls that act they way Natalee acted which may have been a factor in her ultimate demise.

  12. My Name Is Not Sylvan....

    @Something(s) Happening….

    You really are pathetic aren’t you?

    FBI liasons are part of all USA diplomatic missions. There’s no connection between this one’s location and any fantasy of yours.

    You are so desperate to divert attention away from the failure that is your “administration” (and believe me I use the term loosely) that you will grab at every straw.

    As far as the picture is concerned… I don’t see a skeleton, I suspect any shirt would have rotted a long time ago in water. Of course they should check but this one looks doubtful to me.

  13. Something(s) Happening

    March 20, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    @Something(s) Happening….

    You really are pathetic aren’t you?

    FBI liasons are part of all USA diplomatic missions. There’s no connection between this one’s location and any fantasy of yours.

    You are so desperate to divert attention away from the failure that is your “administration” (and believe me I use the term loosely) that you will grab at every straw.

    **********************************************
    Hello….

    My Name Is Not Sylvan….

    The ” Administration Failure ” you speak of could only refer to you and the other BLP thieves who scuttled way :

    $ 700 million on a prison…..that BLP members clamied on the floor of Parliament would only cost $ 100 million.

    The no – teeth scamp Owen Arthur trying to take blame for group of BLP scoundrels……who only weeks before the 2008 General Election he claimed was the ” Team for the TIMES “.

    Sylvan…….you could count on this, you BLP thieves have left so much muck behind that it is going take 40 years of DEMS government to clean it up.

    Put that in yuh pipe and smoke it !

  14. My Name Is Not Sylvan....

    @Something (s) Happening….

    All we would have to do to finance that prison would be for your lot to get their estimates right. Half a billion dollars in deficits in the first two years in power? When you were estimating less than 100 million for the same period?

    You talk about a capital project financed over 20 years but show no concern deficits which are a far more immediate peril to the economy.

    Let’s talk about 500million in two years, if left to fester for 40 years as you suggest will you have then spent 10 trillion more than you have earned?

    And you have the gall to talk about a “clean up”!

  15. Miss Guyana

    Michelle, Girls just want to have fun, but whenever Nathalie’s name is mentioned, I wonder why would she want to be with that ugly Joran Van Der Sloot when there are so many fine looking corn fed young American men in her native Alabama USA.

  16. Darian

    Rock formation? Tell me, is Nathalie the only person ever to go missing in Aruba? People will see what they want to see and then convince others that they see the same thing. Fame!

  17. Miss Guyana

    Darian, I think Nathalie might be the only person to ever go missing in Aruba. Here she was about to graduate from Mountain Brook High School with plans to attend UAB and had to meet such a demise. I can’t imagine what it is like for her Mum to loose her girl child, without ever knowing what happened to her, ow, it is sad.

  18. Goldenbead

    Looks like a skeleton to the left of the photo, not he right.

  19. Goldenbead

    Sorry, the right.

  20. http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/crime/2010/03/19/ng.aruba.possible.skeleton.cnn – Skeleton is at the right…

    I had said years ago, she probably was carried to the north where they feed the sharks to keep them away from tourists.

  21. Beg you pardon, left – oops!

  22. Vernita

    I see the skeleton to the left also. This is so sad that this beautiful Southern belle had to leave in such fashion and then was fed to the sharks.

  23. michellefrommadison

    I agree Vernita, it is sad. If this photo is of Natalle, too bad Natalee was so drunk and so high that she couldn’t act in a way that was responsible.

  24. mark

    I am a certified diver and can tell you that objects underwater appear differently than they normally would but only by making them look as if they are closer and/or bigger than they are. If you look to the left you should be able to see a skull with the jaw splipping to the right, teeth in tact. If you watch the video of Nancy Grace’s interview with the couple that took the photo, you will see the pelvis to the far right at the end of the photo. I am 100% certain that this is the remains of a human. To the right of the photo you’ll see the snake, some rocks and soot that has been kicked up by the activity of the snorklers, not to mention the snake’s activity. Even at 15 feet above the skelton their activity would cause a disturbance on the ocean floor. There is also some light mixed in with soot and of course a good portion of the skelton is covered in this soot.

  25. Vernita

    I just heard on the radio that a diving team will dive at the location in question to see if that is the skeleton of Miss Nathalie.

  26. michellefrommadison

    Who is paying for that Vernita? And, will it compromise a potential crime if non-law enforcement is conducting this masquerade?

  27. Hants

    @michellefrommadison,
    Your debasing vitrolic comments are disgusting.

    The consequence of a night partying should not be death.

    This is a human being who may have been too trusting and paid the ultimate price.

    BFP are you comfortable with the “blame the victim and disparage their character” comments of
    michellefrommadison?

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  29. michellefrommadison

    Sorry Hants, but I have never made any vitrolic comments as you claim. I have, however, only stated documented and proven facts about the case. Why you are blaming the victim is something only you know, and why you do that is anyone’s guess. If only Natalee acted responsibly in a predator infested area, then perhaps she might be available here to tell you just how far off base you are in attacking the messenger of proven facts. Did the drug sales in Aruba drop after Natalee went missing that eliminated her own personal use?

  30. Vernita

    Michelle in Madison,

    I don’t know who is paying the fees for the divers, maybe the Halloway family, or even the FBI, afterall Nathalie was a US born citizen.

    I didn’t know she was smoking drugs, or even under the influence of liquor. I don’t think we know that information, but it could be that she was over powered by a big and hefty male whom she fought back which resulted in her untimely demise.

  31. BFP

    Hello Hants,

    I, Robert, am not happy with those comments but I’ll leave them for now. I will discuss them with Clive and Marcus.

    I think there is some validity in questioning the judgment of Miss Holloway and her friends. As I recall her friends left her alone in the company of strangers late at night and after some drinks. I don’t recall exactly and maybe somebody can provide some info. That might be highlighting the victim and the victim’s friends for their poor judgment but it in no way lessens the responsibility for those who murdered her.

  32. michellefrommadison

    As far as the drug-usage and the alcohol consumption on the part of Natalee that fateful night, the Aruban authorities already confirmed that Natalee was selling “belly-shots” in Carlos and Charlie’s nightclub after she had already consumed quite a bit of alcohol, then she “sold” belly-shots where guys sucked off the alcohol she poured onto her belly while laying on top of the bar top as she did this off of her belly. Confirmed, documented, and proven. The drug issues are the facts also confirmed by the Aruban authorities that Natalee had possession of and had done drugs that night at Carlos and Charlie’s and this was also corroborated by the Holloway investigation done privately by the investigators Dave Holloway, Natalee’s father, paid to have done as well. This is not a case to blame the victim, rather a case to teach other children going on vacations out of the country to never, ever act anything like Natalee did over in Aruba. The fact she had sex with six different guys in four hours also helps to pinpoint the behavior of Natalee that Aruban authorities clearly painted a picture of potential problems with her conduct in a foreign country. Teach your children well to never act like Natalee did. All facts verifiable.

  33. Vernita

    You do make an excellent point Michelle regarding the teaching chidlren proper decorum so as to prevent them from meeting a fate similar to that of Nathalie’s.

  34. 53

    Such a waste. It really is sad to find out about your loved one in that manner and why the heck didn’t they do something sooner if they thought it was that Van der sloot? Where are the cops when you need them the most?

  35. Hants

    BFP you continue to allow the assassination of Nathalie Holloway’s character by michellefrommadison.

    Why?

    If someone like Negroman was writing instead of michellefrommadison he would have been banned for life.

  36. BFP

    Hi Hants,

    Our research shows that Miss Holloway was drinking heavily and consistently – even in the morning – during her trip. There is an issue here of parental and individual discipline. While we always must remember that Natalee was a young person still searching for her own way when whatever happened to her happened – we believe there is a valid concern about the judgment of Natalee, her parents and her friends. There is a valuable lesson to be learned.

    We also believe that our readers are capable of sorting out what is trash and what is not. We have our lines at BFP and we often let folks come up to and step over. We value your advice Hants, and we will discuss it on Friday. We’re thinking of some changes here so we’ll see what happens.

    Marcus (hiding at work!)

  37. BFP

    Editor to Michellefrommadison

    You have now made numerous claims about Miss Holloway’s behaviour that goes way over what we have found reported.

    Let’s start with the business of Miss Holloway allowing men in the bar to drink alcohol that was poured on her body.

    Provide the link and source… or be banned from BFP and have all your previous comments removed.

    You have one hour.

  38. michellefrommadison

    BFP, you are the reason I help victims fight for Justice. Your denial of proven facts and your inability to understand what you are claiming against others truly is the reason I continue to work for victims like Natalee. Education ids the key, and may actually help you get from the point you are of demanding to be spoon-fed information and links instead of researching on your own. I will use your inabilities to further my missions. Thank you so much for your documented ignorance and I wish you all the best if you choose to become educated to the actual facts of this case and any other cases you may try to cover in the future. Stay strong and best wishes BFP.

  39. BFP

    BFP says…

    Hello michellfrommadison

    you said…

    “As far as the drug-usage and the alcohol consumption on the part of Natalee that fateful night, the Aruban authorities already confirmed that Natalee was selling “belly-shots” in Carlos and Charlie’s nightclub after she had already consumed quite a bit of alcohol, then she “sold” belly-shots where guys sucked off the alcohol she poured onto her belly while laying on top of the bar top as she did this off of her belly. Confirmed, documented, and proven.”

    Selling? Belly-shots? Confirmed by the Aruban Authorities?

    Provide the link or reference…

    last chance.

  40. michellefrommadison

    Did alcohol, drugs kill Natalee Holloway?

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11982954/

  41. michellefrommadison

    Guess you were not able to understand the facts the authorities uncovered. (Your inability to understand documented and proven facts is not everyone else’s burdon, ya know?)

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11982954/

  42. BFP

    Hello michellfrommadison

    Nothing about “selling belly-shots”

    15 minutes left.

  43. michellefrommadison

    BFP, now provise a link to prove Natalee was acting responsible during her trip. Thank you in advance.

  44. michellefrommadison

    You didn’t look into it enough, belly-shots was from the vartop at Carlos and Chalies, proven and documented. one minute lest nbefore you become insanely stupid, imo. 🙂 denial by those like you are the reasons I spend so much effort in educated the ignorant. 🙂 22 seconds left. 🙂

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahhaahaha

  45. BFP

    BFP says to michellefrommadison:

    Well I guess that’s it then, isn’t it?

    We don’t say Natalee acted responsibly – quite the opposite. We only asked you for credible references that Natalee Holloway “sold belly shots” in the bar and that the “Aruban authorities” have confirmed this.

    And you are unable to substantiate your (please excuse us for the language)… BULLSHIT & LIES.

    You are obviously one of these people who believe that dishonesty is justified by a worthy goal. (In this case, cautioning others over the poor judgment shown by Miss Holloway, her parents and friends.)

    You’re outta here.

    Troll.

  46. BFP, let’s be fair if you research a quote in one of your Holloway items, there’s a response I did to Caribbean Net News which I reprinted here… In it I stated (based on hard evidence from MSNBC and other similar sources) that Holloway was on drugs, and her parents should be charged – how come I am not declared irresponsible then?

  47. BFP? I have some locked words

  48. BFP

    Hi Ian

    We accept that Holloway was on alcohol and drugs, acting irresponsibly and that her parents and friends failed her as well. Our problem with the troll “michellefrommadison” is her statements as fact that Holloway was selling herself at the bar and that the Aruban authorities confirm that. When we asked the troll for references and links to her statement she not only couldn’t produce them but went into overdrive.

    If you google her handle you’ll see that “michellefrommadison” is a well-known troll who gets her jollies from tossing lie-bombs into discussions.

  49. anonimous

    The only place where the boats stop on Aruba to let the visitors snorkle or swim is a place called Boca Cathalina and that’s on the North Side of Aruba and not South.

  50. Hants

    BFP and Ian,

    Have you ever seen the number of tourist who are drunk when they get off the boat cruises in Barbados.

    Remember the pirate ship cruises where two rum punches and women “and men”can’t stand up?

    A woman should not put herself in danger by doing drugs or getting drunk.

    However the price of making that mistake should not be death.

  51. Natalee may have used drugs, do we know that for certain or been listening too much to the MSNBC and CNN hounding a handful of people in Aruba.
    If you have ever seen young people on spring break in other places, it is surprising that not more have died from abuse of drugs or alcohol poisoning.
    Aside from what Natalee did or may have done, the bottom line would still be that she is missing and most likely has been killed.

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  53. Michael @ Pa

    wow..it could be her..I hope so..that we may have closure, and burn that boy who killed her. By the way..how many skeletons are at the bottom of the Aruba waters?..hummm could it be?

  54. ms.Statia

    I saw something looks like a skeleton and a snake on the other side, but then again it’s blured so we’ll just have to wait for the profesionals to decide what is really in the photo.
    If it’s her she can finally be put to her resting place in peace.

  55. Lady Anon

    Report confirms that a search was done and only rocks were found…

    http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/natalee-holloway-search-called-off/story?id=10199981

  56. BFP

    Hi Lady Anon,

    Thank you for updating everyone.

    There is much supposition, but the forensic experts seem to be the strongest argument that what was photographed was not human remains. The new divers were not able to locate what is in the photo though. A shame that the man who was with her when she died did not have any decency in his soul. He may have had nothing to do with her death and just got frightened, or maybe he gave her a daterape drug or who knows? If she is in the sea there is probably nothing left after all this time, not even bones.

  57. Galloway Grumblefield

    Pretty compelling amateur analysis of photo:
    http://searchwarp.com/swa574464-Aruba-Skeleton-Photo-Analysis.htm