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Home of teen suspect searched

Son of Aruban judge was one of three seen with Holloway


ORANJESTAD, Aruba (CNN) -- Authorities searched the home Wednesday of a 17-year-old detained in connection with the disappearance of an Alabama teenager more than two weeks ago.

It was unclear why police revisited the home of Joran Van Der Sloot, who was one of the three young men last reported to be seen with 18-year-old Natalee Holloway the night she disappeared.

Meanwhile, Van Der Sloot appeared in court along with brothers Deepak Kalpoe, 21, and Satish Kalpoe, 18, his friends who also have been detained as suspects.

Rudy Oomen, an attorney representing Deepak Kalpoe, said he was seeking the release of documents and evidence.

"We had a brief hearing here about the withholding of certain documents regarding my client," Oomen said. "And tomorrow the justice will decide."

At least one and possibly all three defense attorneys filed a second motion seeking documentation. Rulings on the motions are expected Thursday.

Van Der Sloot's father -- an Aruban judge -- also filed a motion seeking access to his son, which he must do under Dutch law since Van Der Sloot is a minor. Aruba is part of the Netherlands.

"My client is maintaining that he is innocent, and that he did not commit any crime," said Antonio Carlo, the attorney for the younger Van Der Sloot.

The three young men were spotted leaving the nightclub Carlos'N Charlie's with Holloway about 1:30 a.m. on May 30.

According to reports, they told police they took her to a beach and dropped her off a short time later at her hotel, the Holiday Inn.

They have been in jail for nearly a week undergoing questioning. None has been formally charged.

On Monday authorities released two security guards detained since June 5 in connection with Holloway's disappearance. (Full story)

Abraham Jones, 28, and Mickey John, 30, worked at a beachfront hotel near where Holloway was staying. They were never formally charged.

John, one of the security guards, told CNN that Deepak Kalpoe confided in him Sunday when they were both in jail. (CNN Access)

"He told me that when they left Carlos'N Charlie's, they went straight to the lighthouse. Deepak was driving, his brother sitting in the front next to him. The missing girl was in the back seat behind Deepak, and the Dutch guy [Van Der Sloot] was in the back seat behind his brother."

"He didn't tell me what took place at the lighthouse," John said. The lighthouse is at the northwest end of the island, which is 19 miles long and 6 miles wide.

Holloway, from the affluent Birmingham, Alabama, suburb of Mountain Brook, was on a high school graduation trip with classmates and parent chaperones.

According to John, Kalpoe told him Holloway and Van Der Sloot were "kissing and so on in the back seat. He said she was very, very drunk. I can recall he said that."

Oomen, Kalpoe's attorney, declined comment on John's remarks.

On Tuesday, investigators searched a "lover's lane" area near a Marriott Hotel for more than five hours. The sources said participants included five FBI agents and a Miami-Dade County, Florida, search dog.

The area -- about 500 yards long and 150 yards wide -- contains mangroves, scrub brush and drainage ditches. It is about a mile from the Holiday Inn where Holloway was staying.

A fire truck brought in a pump that drained parts of the property, which is sandwiched between the main coastal highway and the beach area next to the Marriott.

Ruben Trapenberg, spokesman for the Aruban government, said some items of clothing were found, including women's underwear. He said the garment was thought to belong to an older woman, but it would nevertheless be checked.

Trapenberg said he did not know what prompted the search. "People have gone over the area [before] but not as intensely as this time," he said, adding that every part of the island was being checked.

He said Aruba requested and had received additional technical assistance from Dutch and U.S. authorities, but he didn't elaborate.

A carnival scheduled for this weekend has been postponed, authorities said, because so many police resources are being used in the search for Holloway and out of respect for her.

CNN's Karl Penhaul contributed to this report.

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