Transcript: Hunt for Holloway
This is a partial transcript from "On the Record," January 26, 2006, that has been edited for clarity.
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST: We have new information about the questions Aruban police are asking Natalee Holloway's friends. Joining us live from Birmingham, Alabama is Natalee's mother Beth Twitty, welcome Beth.
BETH HOLLOWAY TWITTY, NATALEE HOLLOWAY'S MOTHER: Hi, Greta.
VAN SUSTEREN: Beth, any idea? We heard earlier in the week there was going to be about 21 students, Natalee's friends, who would be interviewed. Any idea how many of the 21 the Aruban police have now spoken to?
TWITTY: Oh, Greta, I have absolutely no idea and that's the number that I had heard also were 21 students. So, as far as how many they're doing per day or how many they've already contacted I have no idea.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Now you have spoken to some of the parents of the students. What kind of questions are they being asked?
TWITTY: No, it was just reported to me through not some of the parents that I heard some information yesterday too from a reporter some of the questions that the students were being asked and it was my understanding that they were questions pretty much the same ones I heard yesterday on the news as far as names if they sounded familiar or if there were any marked characteristics on individuals.
Some were shown photos it seemed. And, you know, Greta, I just hope that it's not meaningless. I really hope that they are closing in holes in some of the statements and just firming up the investigation to go after the suspects.
VAN SUSTEREN: Who do the photos depict? Are they just one or two — one person alone in each photo or several? Are they bar scenes? I mean what are the photos of?
TWITTY: I'm not certain. It was just reported to me that there may have just been a series of some photos. I don't have any idea if it would be Aruban citizens or not, Greta. I just don't know that.
VAN SUSTEREN: Did they indicate, you know, what relationship anybody in these pictures may have to their investigation?
TWITTY: Oh, I don't have any information on that, I mean not to my knowledge.
VAN SUSTEREN: You know it doesn't sound like you're getting a lot of information. Certainly the Aruban authorities aren't bringing you in on this are they?
TWITTY: Oh, absolutely not. And, you know, I really didn't expect to be brought in the loop on this. Of course, you know, we've been left out of the loop of everything else. But, you know, like I said, Greta, I just hope that it's not meaningless and I hope that they, you know, putting the students, having them relive this that it's really warranted.
VAN SUSTEREN: I suspect, Beth, you know, from conversations that you're enormously weary after all these months with no answers but I mean aren't you, I mean like at least sort of I mean curious and picking up the phone and calling and saying, you know, what's going on? What are they asking? You know how long are they going to be here that kind of question?
TWITTY: Oh, absolutely I am and, you know, I just know that right now that these students probably have a lot on their mind just trying to stay focused and getting ready for the FBI and the Aruban officials and I certainly don't want to become involved in that, Greta.
VAN SUSTEREN: When was the last time you had any conversation with anyone? Outside of your lawyer John Q. Kelly when have you last spoken to someone associated with either the police or the prosecution team in Aruba?
TWITTY: Ooh, that would have to be in August. That would have to have been the end of August, Greta, was the last time that I received any face-to-face communication with any official coming out of Aruba. You know I tried several times since then.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right now John Q. Kelly, your lawyer, is able to get phone calls returned and he has an ongoing dialog, which is recent is that right?
TWITTY: Yes, absolutely and, you know, I probably, you know, should have been listening to his help earlier but, you know, it just didn't happen and I'm glad that I did it when I did, Greta.
VAN SUSTEREN: Has he said anything to you that sort of turns the corner to you to create sort of a, you know, increased optimism that you'll get answers?
TWITTY: No, Greta. I mean, you know, he's really cautioning me and, you know, I think that he knows the roller coaster ride the family has been on since the beginning. And, you know, December was truly a nightmare and I just don't want to go there again.
And, even though things seem top be headed in a direction towards going after the suspects, I'm just don't think that it's going to happen. I'm just, you know, I just have to be so guarded as we proceed forward with these next couple of weeks.
VAN SUSTEREN: We only have about 30 seconds left, Beth. I understand that the FBI is lending Aruba cadaver dogs is that right to search the beach area?
TWITTY: That's what I'd heard and from what I can tell something was possibly going to be taking place, you know, in the next week as far as that goes.
VAN SUSTEREN: Any tip that's leading them to call in the cadaver dogs to a particular area?
TWITTY: Well, it sounds like the two witnesses that had come forward a couple of weeks ago there may really have been some truth to that because I can't imagine them, you know, now contacting the FBI and trying to arrange the cadaver dogs to come to the sand dunes for absolutely no reason.
I mean the two witnesses that came forward they must have had some information to have warranted this. Otherwise, I can't imagine getting them to react on this all of a sudden almost eight months later, Greta.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right, Beth, thank you.
TWITTY: Thank you, Greta.
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