Beth Twitty: 'My Daughter Has Been Kidnapped'

This is a partial transcript from "Hannity & Colmes," June 22, 2005, that has been edited for clarity.

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SEAN HANNITY, CO-HOST: Earlier today, Alan had the opportunity to speak with Natalee's mother, Beth Holloway Twitty. Here is that interview.


COLMES: Beth, thank you very much for talking to us.


COLMES: It's got to be tough. Every morning here in Aruba, you get up. And we talked about it being like that movie "Groundhog Day."

TWITTY: I can't tell you how hard it is. And you know, this morning, I have had difficult mornings all along. Don't get me wrong.

But this morning I was actually thinking, how am I going to get out of bed today? How am I going to do it? And evidently, I did it. Here I go again.

COLMES: What do you think when you first wake up in the morning?

TWITTY: You know, most mornings when I woke up, I have a strong feeling. It's either anger, or I'm sad, or I'm furious, or I'm, you know, I feel nothing, or, I'm, you know, I never really thought about not getting up and going.

But I'll be honest. This morning, for the first time, I thought, how am I going to do this again? And that was the first morning that I have had like that. So that was an unusual morning for me.

COLMES: And you're prepared to stay here and do this for as long as it takes to get a resolution?

TWITTY: Oh, absolutely. Absolutely.

COLMES: Do you know if we're close to one?

TWITTY: I really feel they are. But until they can get the right answers and all of the truth, there are some more people that are going to have to be questioned as witnesses and some more people — additional people are going to have to be arrested. And I know that in my mind.

COLMES: Are you saying that the people who they have in custody now, are they a small part of the whole? Or how many more people are we talking...

TWITTY: I think they hold the key. I think they do. I think they know everything, and they can answer every question. But I do think there are some other people involved.

COLMES: Who are they?

TWITTY: I'd rather not disclose that at this time. But I'm certain that the FBI and the local authorities, they know exactly who they are.

COLMES: And can we expect more arrests?

TWITTY: I will be shocked as her mother if they're not.

COLMES: Within what timeframe?

TWITTY: I hope it's soon.

COLMES: What do you think happened?

TWITTY: I know one thing that happened. My daughter has been kidnapped, hopefully not raped, and murdered. I know definitely that those three individuals kidnapped my daughter. There is no doubt.

COLMES: You are talking about the two Surinamese men...


COLMES: ... and Joran Van Der Sloot?

TWITTY: Yes, absolutely.

COLMES: Kidnapped her?


COLMES: And beyond kidnapping, what do you think might have happened?

TWITTY: I can only pray that that's all. I hope they didn't murder her, too.

COLMES: You don't believe that?

TWITTY: I believe that she is alive. I do. I do. And that is what gets me up every day. And I have a strong faith and trust in God. And I truly believe that she is alive.

COLMES: And where do you think she is, on the island here?

TWITTY: I think she's right here on this island.

COLMES: Being held somewhere?


COLMES: So other people who might be involved are the ones not in custody, the ones might be holding her?

TWITTY: Exactly.

COLMES: Do you have any idea where that is?

TWITTY: No, I wish I did.

COLMES: Van der Sloot's father said, "Honor student, not involved," and I know you went to the house and met with him.

TWITTY: I did.

COLMES: Can you tell us about — that anything transpired there that shed some light for you on this?

TWITTY: I think I have made it clear that I have some pretty strong feelings, from the moment I arrived on this island, 11:00 p.m. on May the 30th. In addition to that, May 31st, in the early morning hours between 1:00 and 4:00 a.m., I had even stronger feelings.

I know — I know — he has some information. It was confirmed to me during that visit at his home.

COLMES: Information that he's not sharing, but not — he was not someone who...

TWITTY: I can't even speculate how. And that's not my job. And I know the FBI and the local authorities, I know they got that.

But from my perspective, my intuition, the feelings and thoughts that I've had for three weeks and three days — I don't even know how long it's been, maybe three weeks and four days. I don't even keep up anymore. It doesn't matter. Absolutely, he has some information.

COLMES: And he was not forthcoming with you? Was it a contentious meeting?

TWITTY: No, absolutely not.

COLMES: Did he reveal anything to you that helped ease your mind or give you some peace?

TWITTY: The only thing I want to disclose is I have confirmation now that he has some information.

COLMES: Are you happy with the Aruban authorities?

TWITTY: You know, I want to focus on going forward from now. Of course, you know, living in the past is not going to get us anywhere. I know that they are working tirelessly on this. I know that. I know they are working around-the-clock. You know, I know they are.

And I have confidence that they are collecting all of the evidence that they need. And I know the FBI is involved right there with them. And I feel assured, of all the official people involved, that they are handling all the technical evidence and gathering it that we need.

COLMES: And are they giving you information that's helpful to you?

TWITTY: Yes, they are. Yes.

COLMES: So they are keeping you in the loop?


COLMES: They're not keeping you in the dark?

TWITTY: Absolutely not.

COLMES: What can America do?

TWITTY: You know, I think just doing what they're continuing to do. I mean, their thoughts and prayers are just huge, because when I read all of these cards, and letters, and e-mails — and I'm really reading each one that comes in, because it gives me huge strength and huge support.

And I know the heart of Natalee's community in Mountain Brook, Alabama, is just beating out everywhere from Birmingham to all over the United States. I mean, I'm getting calls from everywhere. It's amazing.

COLMES: How do you stay centered? Here you have a situation, you're thrust into the international spotlight. You sit down, do interviews like this. This is not what you do day-to-day. And you've got to face a very personal family tragedy. How do you stay sane?

TWITTY: I have got one mission, and I'm going to find her. That's it. That's it.

COLMES: Thank you very much.

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