Amid Confession, Natalee Holloway Center Opens

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WASHINGTON - It has been five years since Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway disappeared on a high school class trip to Aruba, but not a day goes by that her mother doesn't wish for peace, and justice.

Beth Holloway has put her pain and grief into positive action by forming the Natalee Holloway Resource Center at the National Museum of Crime & Punishment in Washington, DC.

On the same day the new resource center opened, there were also big developments involving the prime suspect in Natalee's case.

Police in Peru said Joran Van der Sloot, the long-time suspect in the Holloway case, confessed to killing 21-year-old Stefany Flores in his hotel room.

Flores died five years to the day after Holloway went missing in Aruba.

Her mother's new resource center will help the families of people who disappear abroad.

"It's been a stressful time for me," Beth Holloway said.

She couldn't discuss the latest developments, but the pain could clearly be seen in her eyes.

"Let's all remind ourselves and keep the Flores family in our hearts and in our prayers," she said.

Holloway remembers making 900 phone calls the day her daughter disappeared.  That's where the resource center will step in --  helping families file police reports, putting together "missing" posters, getting the media involved and setting up a command center.

"[It's] the steps that Beth didn't really know what to do next, that she spent many hours and phone calls trying to figure out what to do," Janine Vaccarello, the Vice President of the Holloway resource center said.

Holloway has joined forces with the National Museum of Crime and Punishment, where her daughter's picture hangs promiently in the cold case exhibit.

Time will tell if justice will be served for Van der Sloot, but for now, she doesn't want any other families to be alone.

"I feel confident that it will serve as a point of light for all missing," she said. "There are many that need to be brought back home."

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