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November 18th, 2010
10:49 AM ET

Authorities await DNA test on bone in Holloway case

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Investigators - asked to determine if a possible new clue is linked to the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway - now hope to learn Thursday whether a jawbone found on an Aruban beach belongs to an animal or a human.

Results from the testing of the bone were expected to be returned Wednesday, but investigators were held up by a technical delay.

If the bone is human, authorities will then attempt to find out through DNA testing whether it belongs to Holloway, who was last seen on the island in 2005.

It is being evaluated at the Netherlands Forensic Institute in The Hague, Netherlands, Aruban prosecutor Peter Blanken said this week.

Holloway's dental records were sent to the forensic institute on Wednesday, the FBI said.

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