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Suspect appealing court order extending detention up to 60 days

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ORANJESTAD, Aruba (CNN) -- Photos taken by Dutch reconnaissance jets have found no sign that Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway remains in Aruba, a government spokesman said Monday.

Final examinations of the photos will be conducted back in the Netherlands, Aruban government spokesman Ruben Trapenberg said.

But authorities are "99 percent sure" that Holloway, who was last seen early on May 30, is no longer on the island, he said.

Three F-16s from the Dutch air force, equipped with lasers and special cameras, made several passes over the island last week in hopes of finding some clue to Holloway's disappearance.

Each of the planes was equipped with a television infrared camera, two daylight cameras and a 12-inch lens housed in pods slung beneath the aircraft.

About 40 personnel accompanied the planes, the ministry said.

The search for Holloway has also involved hundreds of volunteers, including a team from Texas EquuSearch, a group that also brought in dogs and side-scan sonar equipment.

Holloway, an 18-year-old from the affluent Birmingham, Alabama, suburb of Mountain Brook, was celebrating her high school graduation with about 100 classmates and several parent chaperones when she disappeared early May 30.

She was last seen leaving a nightclub with three local youths, one of whom remains jailed as a suspect in the investigation.

The suspect -- Joran Van Der Sloot, 17, son of an Aruban judge -- is appealing a court order last week that extended his detention for up to 60 days.

Van Der Sloot has not been formally charged with a crime, and the other two youths, brothers Deepak Kalpoe, 21, and Satish Kalpoe, 18, were ordered released last week.

Prosecutors are appealing the judge's order releasing them. Hearings on that motion as well as Van Der Sloot's appeal are scheduled Tuesday morning before a panel of three appellate judges from the neighboring island of Curacao.

The Kalpoe brothers were arrested June 9 in connection with Holloway's disappearance. They told police they dropped Holloway and Van Der Sloot off at a beach north of a Marriott hotel after they left the nightclub.

The Kalpoes also were not charged with a crime, and lawyers for them and Van Der Sloot said they were not involved in the teen's disappearance.

Van Der Sloot's mother said her son told her he was on the beach with Holloway but left her there because she wanted to stay.

Holloway's mother, Beth Holloway Twitty, blasted the release of the Kalpoe brothers last week, questioning how two people she said "were involved in a violent crime against my daughter" were allowed to go free.

Twitty apologized for those comments after a lawyer for one of the brothers threatened legal action. The mother said her remarks "were fueled by despair and frustration."

CNN's Tracy Sabo contributed to this report.

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