New Developments in Natalee Holloway Case

This is a partial transcript from "On the Record," January 16, 2007, that has been edited for clarity.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST: In May of 2005, Natalee Holloway said goodbye to her mother Beth and headed off for what all expected to be an exciting high school trip to Aruba. Since then no word from Natalee, just daily heartbreak for her family.

Tonight, though, there's some news in the investigation. John Q. Kelly, the lawyer for Natalee Holloway's parents is in New York.

John, where did you sneak off to this past weekend?

JOHN Q. KELLY, ATTORNEY: I paid a visit to Aruba, Greta.


KELLY: I'd gotten a call at the end of the last week from Karin
Janssen, the prosecutor indicating that her term was over, she was going to be leaving the island and going back to Holland as of yesterday, Monday. And, we both thought it would be a good idea if we chat a little bit before she left.

VAN SUSTEREN: Did she want to leave the job?

KELLY: No she had a three-year term and she could have extended up to two years with the blessing of the attorney general, Fernandez Cruz (ph), down there and she had made a request in writing, very much wanted to stay there, see this investigation through and she was told her term was going to be halted three years and she'd be returning to Amsterdam and she couldn't see this through.

VAN SUSTEREN: So, she sort of got fired, a little bit?

KELLY: She didn't get fired. They didn't extend her term and she was upset about that. She — and I was glad to hear, wanted to stay on this case and see it to some sort of conclusion and they wouldn't let her.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, so she wanted to stay on the case if she'd some progress I'm sure she would have been able to stay on the case because no one — you know, loves progress. When you spoke to her, were you satisfied that there was progress?

KELLY: I'm satisfied they're still working on the case. You know, I like dealing with Karin, I think she's been honest and, you know they've team of 10 detectives that are working over in Amsterdam, that have been working for a couple months now, on the case. And I also worked with Dennis Jacobs and the team working in Aruba, for a while, on Monday in addition to talking to Karin for a few hours on Sunday.

So, I mean, we don't have result yet. It's result-oriented business and until I have answers for — about the day, you know, no one's going to be happy, but, you know, I like to see that there's work going on still.

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, I hate to be so sarcastic, but it sounds like you got a lot of new friends. But your new friends aren't exactly — you know, we're a year and a half into this investigation and they don't have any progress.

KELLY: They're working, Greta. You know, I've been critical of the prosecution in the past. I've been critical of the police in the past. But the answers are down there. The only possible prosecution and resolution to this down in Aruba and, you know, anything that helps advance the cause here I'm going to do and at least I have a line of communication down there and I don't want to rock that boat.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, I understand that. Are they convinced that the three suspects are still — they are still the ones they find — or that they believe are responsible for her disappearance or are they looking other directions?

KELLY: They have looked in other directions. I think they've eliminated a lot of other options and I think the three individuals you're speaking of are the prime suspects, still.

VAN SUSTEREN: So, they remain the prime suspects — Joran van der Sloot, Deepak and Satish Kalpoe, are still the suspects.

KELLY: The prime suspects.

VAN SUSTEREN: One quick question, have you served them with the civil suit in the United States, yet. The — Deepak and Satish.

KELLY: Personal service has not been effected down in Aruba, yet. That'll be done shortly and that's the last step to be taken.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, so we'll watch that litigation out in California. That'll be huge. Anyway John, thank you.

KELLY: Sure, Greta, bye-bye.

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