While Aruba does damage control over fears that their tourism industry may suffer, reports have surfaced that Natalee Holloway is not the only young American girl to disappear there.
From The Hawaii Channel:
Another family said they know exactly what the parents of Natalee Holloway, the Alabama teenager who has been missing in Aruba since last week, are going through. They’ve been dealing with the same nightmare for seven years.
The Bradleys, of Virginia, went on a cruise in 1998 and Aruba was one of the stops. That’s where their daughter disappeared.
Iva Bradley said her 23-year-old daughter, Amy, befriended three men who worked on the cruise ship and they wanted to take her to a bar in Aruba.
"They said they wanted to take her to a bar on Aruba that was called Carlos and Charlie’s," said Bradley. "She made a face and said ‘I wouldn’t get off the ship with any of those guys anyway. That’s creepy.’"
Amy Bradley was last seen in her cabin at 5:15 a.m. By 6 a.m., she was nowhere to be found….
Bradley’s case remains open with the FBI. WVTM-TV in Birmingham, Ala., spoke with her case manager in Barbados but there wasn’t much she could say. However, she did confirm reports of a sighting by a Naval officer one year after the woman disappeared.
The officer told the FBI he went to a brothel in Curac’l on Canal. He said an American girl leaned in and said: "My name is Amy Bradley. I need your help."
Unfortunately he didn’t report the sighting for sometime and by then the brothel had burned to the ground. The FBI has released sketches of suspects in her case.
There is a $260,000 reward for information leading to Bradley’s whereabouts. Her family continues to hope that someone, somewhere, has information that could finally reunite the missing daughter with her parents.
Obviously Hawaii would have another motive in making sure this story gets out: if Americans are afraid of foreign tropical vacations, Hawaii is the next best choice. Be that as it may, there is truth in the fact that one shouldn’t expect the same kind of treatment in a foreign nation that you’d get in the US. A co-worker of my wife’s was confused by her decision to visit Nicaragua. “Why would you go on vacation there?” he asked. She had to explain that it wasn’t a vacation, it was a mission trip to provide health care to impoverished people living there. Even then, the group had strict rules about who went where, and with whom. People on vacation rarely think about such things. Obviously they should.