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Judge frees two Aruba suspects
Natalee Holloway
Natalee Holloway's disappearance has dominated the US media
A judge on the Caribbean island of Aruba has released two suspects who had been held over the disappearance of an 18-year-old US girl.

Natalee Holloway vanished on 30 May while celebrating her graduation on the island, which is a Dutch protectorate. Her body has not been found.

A third suspect, Dutch student Joran van der Sloot, 17, remains in custody.

Mr van der Sloot, who has said that he gave Ms Holloway a lift, will be held for 60 more days.

The judge gave no explanations for his decision.

Cover-up charge

The two suspects released on Monday are brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe, 21 and 18, who are from Surinam, a former Dutch colony.

Missing poster on an Aruba beach
30 May: Seen getting into car outside nightclub
31 May: Fails to show up for flight home
2 June: Natalee's family offers reward for information
4 June: Police say three young men claim they dropped girl off at her hotel late on 30 May
5 June: Two security guards arrested in pre-dawn raid
6 June: Expanded search for Natalee begins with hundreds of volunteers
9 June: the men who claimed they gave Natalee a ride are arrested
13 June: Security guards released
They and Joran van der Sloot have acknowledged that they were with Natalee on the night she disappeared.

They say they gave her a lift but have denied any wrongdoing.

Ms Holloway, from Alabama, disappeared in the early hours of 30 May on the last evening of a five-day holiday to celebrate her high-school graduation.

Mr van der Sloot's mother has said her son told her that he had been alone with Ms Holloway on a beach but that he did not harm her.

Natalee's mother has repeatedly criticised the investigation into her daughter's disappearance, which is being carried out under Dutch law.

The entire island has been hunting for the body of the teenager since she disappeared and the Dutch military has sent aircraft and air force personnel to help with the search.

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