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Nov232010

Natalee Holloway Mystery: Jawbone Discovered Not of Missing Teen

Photo Courtesy - ABC News/Handout(ORANJESTAD, Aruba) -- A jawbone found on a beach in Aruba does not belong to missing American teenager Natalee Holloway, authorities said on Tuesday.

The determination was made using Holloway's dental records, according to a statement issued Tuesday by the Aruba Public Prosecutor's Office.

In the five years since Holloway disappeared while on a school trip, there has been no physical evidence to confirm that she had been murdered.

The Aruban prosecutors office said a Dutch forensics team was able to extract only a small amount of DNA evidence from the one tooth -- a molar -- that was still attached to the mandible. It was, they said, "of low quality."

Holloway, an 18-year-old high school senior from Alabama, vanished in the island country in May 2005. The suspect in her disappearance has long been Dutch playboy Joran van der Sloot, who has never been formally charged.

Van der Sloot, who was 17 years old at the time of Holloway's disappearance, is now being held in a Peruvian prison after confessing to the murder of Stephany Flores, 21, earlier this year.

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