That Sunday night, surveillance cameras at the Holiday Inn casino captured Natalee seated at a blackjack table. Two seats away was Joran van der Sloot, a local 17-year-old high school soccer player. Witnesses say Natalee introduced herself to van der Sloot and invited him to meet her and her friends at a bar and restaurant called Carlos 'n Charlie's later that evening.
After leaving the casino to go to dinner, van der Sloot, along with his two friends, brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe, arrived at the bar at about 12:15 a.m. Friends say that Natalee and van der Sloot danced, talked and did some shots of alcohol together. When the bar closed at 1 a.m, Natalee was seen getting into a Deepak Kalpoe's car, along with van der Sloot and Satish Kalpoe.
She was never seen again. What happened remains a mystery.