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Third day of landfill search for Natalee finds no success

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) — A volunteer group searching for Natalee Holloway dug through a landfill for a third day Sunday but found no clues, while the missing teen's mother left Aruba for the first time since her daughter disappeared two months ago.

Crews equipped with trained dogs, a bulldozer and a tractor hoe dug 15 holes in a landfill where a witness claims he saw men dump and cover a female body two days after Holloway disappeared, said Robert Cook, spokesman for the volunteer Texas EquuSearch, which is coordinating the landfill effort.

"We ran the dogs through all the holes but they didn't get any hits" on human remains, said Cook. The group will resume searching the site today, he said.

Searches at the landfill Friday and Saturday also produced no sign of Holloway.

The witness, an Aruban man who claims he was dropping off trash at the time of the incident, has been questioned by the FBI and Aruban police, Texas Equu-Search director Tim Miller said Saturday. The witness said the woman had blond hair, he said.

The witness could not identify the men but said they were driv-ing a light-colored jeep, Miller said. The witness told his brother what he saw soon afterward, and the brother told police, he said.

Police spokesman Edwin Comenencia said police searched the landfill after receiving the tip in days following Holloway's disappearance, but found nothing. He said the witness recently approached Holloway's family, who asked for another search.

Meanwhile, the teen's mother, Beth Holloway Twitty, left Aruba for the first time since arriving on the Dutch Caribbean island soon after her daughter went missing May 30, said Paul Reynolds, Natalee's uncle.

Reynolds said Holloway Twitty and husband George "Jug" Twitty left the island late Friday and returned home to Birmingham.

"It was very difficult for Beth to leave. She's been through a lot," Reynolds said. "She intends to return very soon and keep this investigation alive."

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