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This is a partial transcript from "On the Record," June 7, 2005, that has been edited for clarity.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST: Tonight, an "On the Record" exclusive. Our next guest says she came face to face with one of the men arrested in the disappearance of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway on the island of Aruba. Emily joins us live from Atlanta. She has asked us not to use her last name for security reasons. Emily, thank you for joining us.


VAN SUSTEREN: Emily, when were you in Aruba?

EMILY: I came home three weeks ago today.

VAN SUSTEREN: And how long were you in Aruba?

EMILY: For a week.

VAN SUSTEREN: A holiday?

EMILY: Yes, just vacation.

VAN SUSTEREN: Where did you stay?

EMILY: We stayed at the Holiday Inn.

VAN SUSTEREN: Is that the same hotel that Natalee Holloway was staying at?

EMILY: Yes, it is.

VAN SUSTEREN: You don't know Natalee Holloway, I take it, right?

EMILY: No, no, I don't know her at all.

VAN SUSTEREN: OK. What happened while you were at the same hotel three weeks ago?

EMILY: I went out for a run a couple of mornings, and I ran past the hotel that they're renovating, which is a couple of hotels down from the Holiday Inn. And I had a couple of encounters with one of the men that they arrested this past weekend.

VAN SUSTEREN: When you say a couple of encounters, what do you mean by that?

EMILY: He made a comment to me as I was running, and then he stopped me on that same run on the way back.

VAN SUSTEREN: What did he say to you?

EMILY: He asked me why I was wearing sunglasses, and I told him it was, you know, because it was sunny. And he said then, you know, Oh, I thought maybe you were smoking pot. And you know, I told him no. And he said, Well, if you'd like to, we could go do that.

VAN SUSTEREN: How long did you talk to him during that encounter?

EMILY: Oh, probably less than two minutes.

VAN SUSTEREN: And did there come a time when you saw him again?

EMILY: Yes. I saw him the next morning, when I was out for a run...

VAN SUSTEREN: What did he say to you then?

EMILY: We were kind of walking towards each other, and he was carrying some breakfast. And he said, You forgot to bring me my breakfast this morning. And I kind of laughed it off and said, Oh, you know, I must have left it off my list. And then he said, Why don't you bring me breakfast in bed at my house tomorrow? And you know, I said, Thanks, but I'm going to skip that, and I just went on my way.

VAN SUSTEREN: Was there any time you were in any fear of him or you were worried about him or anything like that?

EMILY: No, it was not an aggressive encounter at all. You know, he was friendly. You know, it made an impression upon me, but I wasn't fearful. There were people around. It was, you know, 8:00 or 9:00 o'clock in the morning, so you know, I wasn't really intimidated. You know, I wanted to get out of there, but I wasn't fearful.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. And how did you come to know this is the guy, you know, that was arrested? What happened?

EMILY: Oh, I remember his face as plain as day, not for any particular reason. For some reason, he just had a face that I remembered. And on Sunday, when I saw his picture, actually, on the Internet, I knew right away it was him. There was absolutely no doubt in my mind who it was.

VAN SUSTEREN: What did you do when you saw that?

EMILY: Well, I called my dad and, you know, we talked about it. And when I hung up, I called the FBI just to tell them the story. You know, I knew that the information I had probably wouldn't help find Natalee, but I felt like, you know, I had an encounter with this man, and you know, I felt like they should at least know that.

VAN SUSTEREN: Emily, thank you very much for joining us.

EMILY: Thank you.

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