New but unconfirmed reports suggest that the father of Natalee Holloway may be one step closer to the discovery of his missing daughter.
Preliminary DNA tests reportedly show that newly discovered bones are human, and from a young woman of eastern European descent — just like the missing teen.
Dave Holloway, Natalee’s father, was on the Caribbean island of Aruba when the bones were unearthed during filming of a six-part series, The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway, now airing on the Oxygen network.
“This is one of the best leads that we've had throughout this process,” Dave Holloway told Inside Edition. “We actually found human remains. We had those tested at a lab last week. We found out the results.”
Dave Holloway would not go into further detail. When asked about the new report, a spokesman for Oxygen told Inside Edition: "Nothing is confirmed. We are still waiting for test results."
Aruban authorities told Inside Edition as far as they know, the bones aren't human — but if they are, they may have been smuggled off the island.
Natalee Holloway vanished during a graduation trip to Aruba 12 years ago.
Joran van der Sloot, who met the teenage girl in a bar, is the main suspect. He was never charged, but currently in prison in Peru for killing another woman.
The second episode of the series, which airs Saturday, shows how a friend of Van der Sloot was persuaded to tell investigators reveal where her body was allegedly buried. He knew this area well because his aunt had a property there.
The friend has not been charged.
Dave Holloway is hoping the mystery has finally been solved.
“I have always tried to be skeptical about it because I don't want to be disappointed,” he said.