Judge Declares Natalee Holloway Dead

January 12, 2012 Updated Jan 12, 2012 at 4:43 PM EDT

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Judge Declares Natalee Holloway Dead

January 12, 2012 Updated Jan 12, 2012 at 4:43 PM EDT

According to The Birmingham (Ala.) News, Natalee Holloway was declared dead Thursday by an Alabama judge more than six years after the 18-year-old disappeared during a senior class trip to Aruba.

Holloway's father had filed a petition last year asking the judge to declare his daughter dead, according to The Birmingham News report.

Read The Birmingham News story HERE.