A prosecutor in Aruba said that the bone found yesterday belongs to that of a young woman, DNA testing is underway to determine if it belonged to missing teen NATALEE HOLLOWAY.
"I’m happy that it’s human," Aruban prosecutor Peter Blanken told CNN.
"And the initial finding is that it’s from a young woman, so maybe we will be able to solve this case. I hope so. But we will wait to see what the findings are."
A forensics expert made the initial determination but the final DNA analysis and determination would be made by the Netherlands Forensic Institute in the Hague.
The bone was found November 12th on a beach in Aruba.
They promptly turned the bone in to the front desk of the Phoenix Hotel and then they alerted police of the find.
ABC News reported that photos of the bone, which is believed to be a human lower jawbone, show a mandible with an intact molar.
Experts will extract DNA from where the tooth meets the bone and compare it to DNA extracted from Holloway’s biological parents.
Joran van der Sloot, long considered the prime suspect in the Holloway disappearance remains jailed in Peru’s Castro Castro prison for the murder of Stephany Flores, 21.