NBCUniversal-owned, women-focused crime network Oxygen Media is slated to investigate the cold case of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway, who vanished without a trace in Aruba more than 12 years ago.
Produced by Brian Graden Media, The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway will shadow Holloway’s father Dave as he follows what he believes to be the most credible lead to date in the May 30, 2005 disappearance of the American teenager (pictured).
The first installment of the true crime franchise chronicles Dave and T.J. Ward, the family’s long-time private investigator, as they search to unravel the mystery behind Natalee’s murder through a detailed first-hand account from a man who claims to have a connection to an alleged co-conspirator in the crime and information regarding its prime suspect, Joran van der Sloot, as well as the location of Natalee’s remains.
Van der Sloot - along with Deepak and Satish Kalpoe - was initially arrested as a suspect in the disappearance of Holloway, though they were later released due to lack of evidence. On June 3, 2010, Van der Sloot was indicted by a federal grand jury in the U.S. for wire fraud and extortion related to Holloway’s whereabouts. He remains a prime suspect in Holloway’s 2005 disappearance.
In 2012, Van der Sloot was additionally convicted on charges of first-degree murder and robbery in the fatal 2010 beating of 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramírez in Lima, Peru, and was sentenced to 28 years in prison.
The six-part series will feature new evidence and never-before-seen footage to document Holloway and Ward’s efforts in further building a case against Van der Sloot and executing a surveillance operation that will hopefully lead them to Natalee’s alleged burial site in Aruba.
The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway, which premieres August 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, is exec produced by Brian Graden, Dave Mace, LB Horschler and Alex Weresow.
The series now joins Cold Justice and The Jury Speaks as the latest new original crime series for Oxygen since rebranding as a full-time crime programming destination.