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Posted: Monday, June 13, 2005 6:37 am | Updated: 10:11 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

ORANJESTAD, Aruba - Lawyers said they are filing motions Monday demanding a court free two security guards whose innocence was declared by the mother of a missing Alabama teenager.

Also Monday, the family said Natalee Holloway's stepfather plans to organize a new search for the 18-year-old honors student who disappeared May 30 after a night of dancing and drinking and an early morning ride to the beach.

Beth Holloway Twitty said Sunday that three young men in custody who say they took her daughter to a beach hours before she disappeared know what happened, and that if she does not see results soon, she might start to believe that authorities are trying to protect them.

"All three of those boys know what happened to her," Beth Holloway Twitty said during a 45-minute interview with The Associated Press in her hotel room at the Holiday Inn, the same hotel her daughter was staying. "They all know what they did with her that night."

The three include a 17-year-old Dutch honors student at Aruba International School who is the son of a high-ranking judicial official on the Dutch Caribbean island.

His two detained Surinamese friends told police in their testimony that the three took Holloway to the beach, where the Dutch boy kissed and fondled her in the back of their car, before they returned her to the hotel around 2 a.m.

Holloway Twitty declined to say what she thought the young men had done or whether she thought her daughter was still alive.

The teen vanished hours before she was expected at the airport following a five-day trip to the Dutch Caribbean island with 124 classmates and seven chaperones celebrating their graduation from Mountain Brook High School, near Birmingham, Alabama. Her U.S. passport and packed bags were found in her hotel room.

The three young men were detained Thursday. The two former guards who worked at a hotel not far from the Holiday Inn were detained June 5 after the Surinamese, brothers Satish Kalpoe, 18, and Deepak Kalpoe, 21, told police they last saw Holloway being approached in the hotel car park by a black man in black security guard uniform.

Lawyers for all five insist their clients are innocent, and no one has been charged.

The security guards' lawyers said they will file suit Monday demanding their clients be freed. One, Noraina Pietersz, said "The prosecution is pretending it has information we don't have.This is turning into a game, carrying on an illogical investigation."

Prime Minister Nelson Oduber went on national television Sunday night to reaffirm Aruba's commitment to solving the case, saying authorities "are doing all that is possible to resolve what happened as soon as possible."

But Holloway Twitty, 44, said she was not satisfied. "I'm not getting any answers," she said. "I don't feel any further along than the day I got here."

Composed but clearly tired, she said she had lost 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) since the search began and was having trouble sleeping. The preschool speech pathologist spoke of drawing strength from her deep faith in God and the support of relatives and concerned Arubans.

She said she saw the former guards - Antonius "Mickey" John, 30, and Abraham Jones, 28 - at one point in their custody and "they looked as surprised as I did with all this."

"I think they are being wrongly held," she said.

She said she reviewed security videos from the Holiday Inn and has concluded that the young men never brought her daughter back to the hotel.

"That story was a lie," she said.

Attorney General Caren Janssen said that wasn't the case but declined to elaborate. "We are still in the middle of an investigation," she said.

Investigators have said they are pursuing all leads, and Oduber told a news conference last week that "nobody stands above the law."

Islanders and tourists attended church services Sunday to pray for the teen.

Valerie Stanton, a 35-year-old computer technician visiting from Washington, D.C., prayed at the Alto Vista chapel outside the capital. "This could happen in any city and it's unfortunate a dark cloud is now over the island because people here are so nice," she said.

At the Santa Ana Catholic church in the town of Noord, also outside the capital, the Rev. Rudy Lampe told about 300 parishioners to "pray to give the family an oasis of peace."

Holloway Twitty said she will not leave Aruba until her daughter is found.

"I will not be satisfied until they give me back my daughter. I want her and I want her now."

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