Patti and John Muldowney say they didn't spot anything out of the ordinary when they first snapped the underwater picture while snorkeling last November. But in mid-January, when they were comparing vacation photos with another couple who was on the same cruise, they noticed what could be a human corpse or skeleton.
"We start passing the pictures around and Ivette looked at this one and said 'my God that looks like a corpse.' Then we all looked, 'my God it does,'" said John Muldowney. "And that's what got it started. We started showing it to cops and the FBI got involved."
John Muldowney's photos immediately called to mind that of missing Alabama honor student, Natalee Holloway. The 18-year-old disappeared during a high school graduation trip to Aruba back in 2005.
"Right away it dawned on us that poor Holloway girl was never found," said John. "I hope for closure, just God bless them. That'd be a hell of a deal. I have three gorgeous daughters myself and if that was one of them I'd be bananas too."
Joran van der Sloot, the son of a Dutch diplomat, was reportedly the last person to see Holloway. He has been arrested twice and released without charges due to lack of evidence.
The FBI has been given Muldowney's photos to be analyzed. An agent has been assigned to the case to follow up on the photo to see if it is connected to Holloway.