Aruba – Tuesday, authorities continued to search for missing Maryland woman Robyn Gardner, 35, who vanished Aug. 2 in Aruba after going snorkeling in an area dubbed ‘Baby Beach’ due to its shallow waters. The man who she traveled with to the area has been detained by local law enforcement.
Robyn had traveled to the Caribbean island with Gary Vincent Giordano, 50, who tried to return to the U.S., but was stopped at the airport before he could leave.
According to CBS News, the prosecutors office has released a statement saying that Robyn’s travel companion made comments that “…led to such questions that on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, it was decided to detain him for further questioning on the possible drowning of the woman.”
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Other media reports indicate that Giordano was detained because he had agreed to stay on the island and assist authorities and Robyn’s mother in the search for her, but instead bought a ticket to leave the area.
Although Robyn told her boyfriend, Richard Forester, that she and Giordano made the trip as platonic friends, he told CBS, “I’m starting to believe that’s not true… I’m starting to believe there was some romantic thing.”
He added, “I’m terrified as to what may have happened to her… I’m sad and scared that I might not see her again. I love her very much and all I am concerned about is that she gets home safely.”
Giordano’s Aruban attorney, Michael Lopez, released a statement saying his client is being held by the island nation unjustly.
Aruba was also the location where Alabama teen Natalee Holloway vanished in 2005 after leaving a local nightclub with Joran van der Sloot. The Dutchman is currently behind bars in Peru, accused of the 2010 killing of Stefany Flores. He was arrested several times in connection with Natalee’s disappearance, however, authorities claimed they did not have enough evidence to hold him for any wrongdoing in the case.
Robyn is described as 5’5” tall, 130 pounds with Blond hair and brown eyes. She has tattoos on her left shoulder and arm and one tattoo on her right rib cage. Anyone with information regarding Robyn’s case is urged to call the Aruban authorities at 011-297-597-5201.
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