Remains discovered in Aruba found to be woman of eastern European descent, just like Natalee Holloway

New but unconfirmed reports suggest that the father of Natalee Holloway may be one step closer to the discovery of his missing daughter.

Read: Natalee Holloway's Dad Leads Investigators In New Special as Authorities Dispute Discovery of Remains

Preliminary DNA tests reportedly show that newly discovered bones are human, and from a young woman of eastern European descent — just like the missing teen.

Dave Holloway, Natalee’s father, was on the Caribbean island of Aruba when the bones were unearthed during filming of a six-part series, The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway, now airing on the Oxygen network.

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WASHINGTON - JUNE 08: Beth Holloway participates in the launch of the Natalee Holloway Resource Center on June 8, 2010 in Washington, DC. The non profit resource center was founded by Holloway and the National Museum of Crime & Punishment and was created to assist families of missing persons. Beth Holloway's daughter Natalee is the Alabama teen who disappeared five years ago in Aruba. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Joran Van der Sloot (C) of the Netherlands is escorted by the police as he is transferred from the police headquarters to the prosecutor's office in Lima June 10, 2010. An official at the Peruvian national police's criminal investigations unit told Reuters on Tuesday that Van der Sloot admitted he killed 21-year-old Stephany Flores, whose body was found in a Lima hotel room last week. REUTERS/Stringer (PERU - Tags: CRIME LAW)
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Joran van der Sloot, 20, takes a walk to the local supermarket near the house of his parents in Oranjestad, Aruba, just after he was released from prison 07 December 2007. Van der Sloot was the prime suspect in the disappearance of US woman Natalee Holloway in May 2005 while she was on an end-of-school vacation. Van der Sloot who was one of the last people to see the woman alive was arrested twice, once in 2005 for three months to be questioned, and once more in November 2007. The case was thrown out due to lack of proof. AFP PHOTO / ANP PHOTO RAUL HENRIQUEZ NETHERLANDS OUT / BELGIUM OUT (Photo credit should read Raul Henriquez/AFP/Getty Images)
Beth Holloway, whose daughter Natalee disappeared five years ago in Aruba, speaks at the launch of the Natalee Holloway Resource Center (NHRC), a non-profit resource center created to assist the families of missing persons founded by Holloway and the National Museum of Crime & Punishment, in Washington June 8, 2010. Joran Van der Sloot, linked to the mysterious disappearance of Natalee in Aruba, has confessed to the murder of a female student in Peru, police said on Tuesday. Van der Sloot was arrested twice in the Holloway case, which was much publicized in the United States, but he was never charged due to insufficient evidence. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SOCIETY)
MERIDIAN, MS - JUNE 6: Diane Jacob joins a prayer vigil at Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church for missing teen Natalie Holloway, who disappeared a week ago while on a senior trip to Aruba, June 6, 2005 in Meridian, Mississippi. Holloway's father, David Holloway, belongs to the church in the southern city of about 40,000 residents. A massive search for the teen along the coast of Aruba has ensued and two men have been charged in connection with her disappearance. (Photo by Marianne Todd/Getty Images)
Daily News front page June 3, 2010, Headline: NATALEE HOLLOWAY SHOCKER - FIEND'S ON RUN - Suspect hunted in new brutal hotel murder (Photo By: /NY Daily News via Getty Images)
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Beth Holloway, whose daughter Natalee disappeared five years ago in Aruba, speaks at the launch of the Natalee Holloway Resource Center (NHRC), a non-profit resource center created to assist the families of missing persons founded by Holloway and the National Museum of Crime & Punishment, in Washington June 8, 2010. Joran Van der Sloot, linked to the mysterious disappearance of Natalee in Aruba, has confessed to the murder of a female student in Peru, police said on Tuesday. Van der Sloot was arrested twice in the Holloway case, which was much publicized in the United States, but he was never charged due to insufficient evidence. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SOCIETY)
MERIDIAN, MS - JUNE 6: Jacki Curry holds her daughter, Jessica Curry, 19, during a prayer vigil at Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church for missing teen Natalie Holloway, who disappeared a week ago while on a senior trip to Aruba, June 6, 2005 in Meridian, Mississippi. Holloway's father, David Holloway, belongs to the church in the southern city of about 40,000 residents. A massive search for the teen along the coast of Aruba has ensued and two men have been charged in connection with her disappearance. (Photo by Marianne Todd/Getty Images)
MERIDIAN, MS - JUNE 6: Mayor John Robert Smith and his wife Kelly Smith join a prayer vigil Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church for missing teen Natalie Holloway, who disappeared a week ago while on a senior trip to Aruba, June 6, 2005 in Meridian, Mississippi. Holloway's father, David Holloway, belongs to the church in the southern city of about 40,000 residents. A massive search for the teen along the coast of Aruba has ensued and two men have been charged in connection with her disappearance. (Photo by Marianne Todd/Getty Images)
MERIDIAN, MS - JUNE 6: Mayor John Robert Smith and his wife Kelly Smith join a prayer vigil at Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church for missing teen Natalie Holloway, who disappeared a week ago while on a senior trip to Aruba, June 6, 2005 in Meridian, Mississippi. Holloway's father, David Holloway, belongs to the church in the southern city of about 40,000 residents. A massive search for the teen along the coast of Aruba has ensued and two men have been charged in connection with her disappearance. (Photo by Marianne Todd/Getty Images)
Dutch citizen Joran Van der Sloot waits for his trial to begin at the courtroom in the Lurigancho prison in Lima January 11, 2012. Van der Sloot, who was arrested but never charged in the 2005 disappearance of 18-year-old Alabama native Natalee Holloway on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba, has told police he killed 21-year-old business student Stephany Flores after meeting her in a casino in Lima. He may accept murder charges against him in a plea offer to judges on Wednesday in exchange for a reduced sentence, his lawyer said. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares (PERU - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Joran Van der Sloot of the Netherlands (C) is transferred by the police to the Justice Palace to be held temporarily before being moved to a prison in Lima June 11, 2010. An official at the Peruvian national police's criminal investigations unit told Reuters on Tuesday that Van der Sloot admitted he killed 21-year-old Stephany Flores, whose body was found in a Lima hotel room last week. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares(PERU - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
A woman looks at a newspaper headlines (UP) 22 November 2007, announcing the arrest of the main suspect in the 2005 disappearance of US teenager Natalee Holloway on the Caribbean island of Aruba, at Aruba Head. Joran van der Sloot, 20, was arrested in the Dutch city of Arnhem at the request of the authorities in Aruba, prosecutors said. Van der Sloot spent three months in jail in Aruba while being questioned over Holloway's disappearance, before being released due to a lack of evidence. AFP PHOTO / ANP PHOTO RAUL HENRIQUEZ - NETHERLANDS OUT - BELGIUM OUT (Photo credit should read Raul Henriquez/AFP/Getty Images)
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“This is one of the best leads that we've had throughout this process,” Dave Holloway told Inside Edition. “We actually found human remains. We had those tested at a lab last week. We found out the results.”

Dave Holloway would not go into further detail. When asked about the new report, a spokesman for Oxygen told Inside Edition: "Nothing is confirmed. We are still waiting for test results."

Aruban authorities told Inside Edition as far as they know, the bones aren't human — but if they are, they may have been smuggled off the island. 

Natalee Holloway vanished during a graduation trip to Aruba 12 years ago.

Joran van der Sloot, who met the teenage girl in a bar, is the main suspect. He was never charged, but is currently in prison in Peru for killing another woman.

The second episode of the series, which airs Saturday, shows how a friend of Van der Sloot was persuaded to tell investigators where her body was allegedly buried. He knew this area well because his aunt had a property there.

The friend has not been charged. 

Read: Remains Found in April Identified as Those of Teen Missing Since 2007

Dave Holloway is hoping the mystery has finally been solved.

“I have always tried to be skeptical about it because I don't want to be disappointed,” he said.

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