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"I think the only way that could be productive is if he were hooked to a polygraph machine," Beth says."Because we really want to get the truth." When van der Sloot and his parents were interviewed on a Dutch talk show in January 2008, crime reporter Peter R.Two seats away was Joran van der Sloot, a local 17-year-old high school soccer player.Witnesses say Natalee introduced herself to van der Sloot and invited him to meet her and her friends at a bar and restaurant called Carlos 'n Charlie's later that evening.In the absence of closure, Beth continues to think about her daughter's disappearance every day."It's as if I have to wake up every morning and make that conscious decision whether I want to be better or positive.
"We've never really relied on an investigative approach to finding an answer," she says.
The day after graduation, Natalee joined 124 other students and seven adults for a five-day vacation to the Caribbean island of Aruba to celebrate.
For the first few days of her trip, Natalee spent time with friends at the beach and hotel pool, and—since the legal drinking age in Aruba is 18—hanging out in the casino having drinks.
"I feel like he was a really good source of support and strength."While she still doesn't know what happened to Natalee, Beth keeps her memories alive.
She filled a hope chest with Natalee's belongings, from a journal to the clothes she took on her senior trip to Aruba. [like] having a grave where I could go and visit her, or even having the comfort that her suspects are behind bars," Beth says.