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Natalee Holloway's Father

Declare My Daughter DEAD

9/14/2011 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Natalee Holloway's father is looking for some closure in the case of his missing daughter -- asking an Alabama court to declare her dead once and for all ... over SIX YEARS after she disappeared.

Dave Holloway filed the petition back in June for presumption of death -- a legal declaration that a person is deceased in the absence of hard evidence ... provided the person has been missing for five or more years.

In the petition, obtained by TMZ, Dave rehashes the entire heartbreaking case -- beginning with his daughter going missing in Aruba back in 2005 during a high school graduation trip.

Despite an "exhaustive investigation," Dave claims he is no closer to finding his daughter after all this time and he's ready to call it quits -- adding, "It is my firm, however painful, belief that my daughter Natalee is deceased, and not a runaway."

But it's all still up in the air, pending a hearing later this month to decide whether Dave's petition will be granted ... but it seems like a sure thing.

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1.

sonny    

1st

1135 days ago
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Fat Mike    

Best wishes to the Holloway Family.

1135 days ago
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Jodi    

After six years it's obvious she's dead. I feel so sorry for the parents. They will never get the chance to bury their daughter which would give them closure they need.

1135 days ago
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LittleBIt    

God Bless You Natalee.

1135 days ago
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ladiiva    

Wasn't she insured?

1135 days ago
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Ace    

Natalee is swimming with Robin.

1135 days ago
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freaksloan    

Hey, Who lets a high schooler go to Aruba with little or no supervision? Sorry she is dead, but maybe if you put a little more thought into it, she would still be here.

1135 days ago
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Studley Buck    

But Natalee's mother says: "Give me lots of face-time".

1135 days ago
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Gloria Unread    

If I recall correctly, it takes seven years for someone to legally be declared dead in the absence of a body. Why not wait the year unless there's some other reason to rush the process? Cashing in on a life insurance policy sounds like the only logical motivation for this.
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Getting a signed and stamped piece of paper is not going to give him any closure.

1134 days ago
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bunny    

We know who killed her and he even confessed in a car tap. Why is he still not charged with her murder?

1134 days ago
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Chase    

EFF HIM!!!! There is NO FORENSIC PROOF! It was good enough for Casey Anthony, and IT IS GOOD ENOUGH HERE!!! Until a BODY is found, there is NO REAL PROOF! Money grabbing family!

1134 days ago
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CountryGal    

Wow I see all the *******s are out today. Let's hope this doesn't happen to your child one day. If they do have a life insurance policy (which I doubt because she was only 18) it's their money. How long do they have to wait for THEIR money when the whole world knows she's dead? God Bless these people. I can't imagine what it's like to have a child go missing and never finding out the whole truth about how she died and where she is.

1134 days ago
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Tammy    

I get that there's no proof she's alive, but there's also no proof she's dead. Hence, why not keep hope alive? And if he really believes she's dead, why does he need a court to declare her dead?

1134 days ago
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jdr    

Vandersloot said something interesting on a show. He said that he sold her into sex slavery. He travels around the world in places with the worse human trafficking rates and foreign tourist are often times targets.

1134 days ago
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Sonya in Tx    

I hope they have the death penalty for Joran Van der Sloot

1134 days ago
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