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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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Priss    

God Bless this family. They have been to hell and back trying to find their daughter. They have confessions by VanderSloot and NOTHING will ever be done. Anyone that has anything negative to say has NO clue what it's like loosing a child. If sitting behind a computer spewing stupidity makes you feel important then I guess it will never stop. Dave Holloway is one of the greatest men I have ever met, I pray he can have some closure. May Natalee rest in peace.

1113 days ago
17.

jody    

That's ok. Beth Twitty was asking for her to be declared dead 2 days after she went missing. She asked the Aruban authorities to write out a death certificate, but they refused.

1113 days ago
18.

Theresa Erisman    

Natalle, Rest In Peace. Good luck to the dad and mom.

1113 days ago
19.

Diane    

Maybe O.J. did it?

1113 days ago
20.

Priss    

Jody show some LEGAL proof of this...........I would love to see this in a legal court between you and Beth.

1112 days ago
21.

Jeepers    

What a heartbreaking thing to have to do. As if it's not hard enough to lose a child...to live in limbo like that for that long...to probably never get answers because the psychopath responsible gets off on withholding information. I feel sad for them.

1112 days ago
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