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Missing teen's mother leaves Aruba

Pond drained, but no new evidence discovered
Beth Holloway Twitty with daughter Natalee Holloway on her high school graduation day in May.



PALM BEACH, Aruba (CNN) -- After spending two months on Aruba following the disappearance of her daughter, the mother of missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway has returned home to Birmingham indefinitely.

Beth Holloway Twitty will return to the island if there are any developments in Holloway's case.

Meanwhile, a search of an Aruban pond has ended with no sign of the missing teen, said the lead investigator on the case.

"The search at the pond is over," Roy Trump told CNN. "It's unfortunate, of course, but there was nothing there. We're finished at the pond."

The Aruban police investigator said divers made several attempts to look at certain areas of the pond in the small amount of water remaining but did not find anything of interest.

The pond was searched because of its proximity to a spot where a witness claimed he saw the three men named as suspects in Holloway's disappearance sitting in a car. (Full story)

Brothers Satish and Deepak Kalpoe and their friend Joran Van der Sloot were the last to be seen with her when she left a popular bar May 30.

Van der Sloot remains in custody. The Kalpoe brothers have been released for insufficient evidence, but they remain suspects in the case.

In addition to the pond, Trump said authorities are searching a landfill for the third time since a witness came forward shortly after Holloway disappeared.

The witness claimed he saw more than one person dump into the landfill something he believes could have been a covered body, CNN has learned from sources briefed on the investigation. The witness also gave police a license tag number that reportedly belonged to a white pickup truck.

Police tell CNN that a tag check found that the vehicle was not at the landfill at or around the time the witness claimed.

About 11 members of Equusearch, a Dickinson, Texas-based volunteer group that specializes in searches, also combed through the landfill Saturday. Spokesman Kevin O'Brien said the search was going "slow, very slow, with lots and lots of digging in pretty unpleasant conditions."

O'Brien said three cadaver dogs hit on specific areas within the landfill early Saturday, but a physical search located three containers of medical waste instead.

"So it's back to square one," O'Brien said.

The FBI had also combed the landfill with a dog but found nothing.

On the legal front

An Aruban appeals court Friday rejected both a prosecution request for Van der Sloot's DNA samples -- and a defense request for Satish Kalpoe's DNA samples.

The attorney for Deepak Kalpoe did not file a motion in time to request his.

The appeals court did rule in favor of the prosecution on allowing Van der Sloot to be transferred from his jail cell to the downtown police station for any further interrogation. His lawyer had fought that motion.

Authorities must notify Van Der Sloot's attorney before he is questioned again, and the attorney must be present for the interrogation.

Holloway, an 18-year-old honors student, was in Aruba with classmates to celebrate their graduation when she disappeared.

CNN's Susan Candiotti, Tracy Sabo and Michael Phelan contributed to this report.

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