Beth Holloway Twitty
The bureau is acting in an advisory capacity in the probe.
Twitty spoke after a judge in Aruba struck down a motion by attorneys for the only suspect still being held in the case, Dutch teen Joran van der Sloot, seeking to have the FBI cut out of the loop altogether.
A visibly angry and frustrated Twitty told co-anchor Rene Syler the investigation so far has been "unbelievable. And you know, not only for me, but everyone that has witnessed everything that (has gone on). And the level of ineptitude, the level of omission of things, blatantly orchestrated, you know, errors. It's just been incredible."
Asked about the judge's ruling concerning the FBI, Twitty said she's glad the bureau will still have access to information, but added, "I'm concerned about the correctness of the information that's given out. Those initial declarations (by detainees who were questioned) are huge.
"And you know, the one thing that really concerns me is, I flew out six documents, six declarations. I won't say which ones. But when you see that key elements are purposely omitted from these declarations, now I see how the investigation took the turns it did early on with those two security guards (who were).
Van der Sloot continues to be questioned by behavioral specialists, and Twitty says, "I am so hoping that something good will come out of those (sessions). I know they've been working very hard. And I'm sure they're very frustrated with his behavior, and also with the nine lawyers that are continually filing motions and just probably hammering away at the prosecution team.
"So you know, I just feel like it's … headed in a good direction. I don't know if I still need to make a plea to Holland (Aruba is an autonomous part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands). I'm just really concerned. I just don't think that we're still going to wind up with the answers that we need.
"Surely," Twitty continued, "someone (in Holland) could at least continue to put pressure on (Aruban authorities). I think we need more involvement."
Natalee's family has upped the reward being offered yet again. It's still at $1 million for Natalee's safe return, but has been raised to $250,000 for information about Natalee's whereabouts.
"I feel like we've done everything that we can possibly do to get someone to come forward with information," Twitty observed. "You know, we're hoping now to maybe put it into some kind of Spanish public service announcement to reach citizens … we may have missed.
"Other than that, I'm thinking just the continued pressure from the U.S., begging for more help from Holland and, other than that, the responsibility lies on these officials on the island.
Twitty was emphatic when Syler asked whether she's prepared for the possibility that Natalee may never be found: "No, I'm not. And I don't think any official on this island should be prepared for that."