ARUBA – Aruban authorities are investigating whether a $1.5 million accidental death insurance policy taken out before Robyn Gardner went missing earlier this month was a possible motive in her disappearance.
On August 2, the 35-year-old woman was vacationing in Aruba. Her friends told HLN’s Dr. Drew on Wednesday that Robyn had known 50-year-old Gary Giordano, who is now a suspect in her case, for a couple of years before she went missing.
Giordano told police Robyn drowned when they were snorkeling but police aren’t buying it due to inconsistencies in his story and a timeline that doesn’t add up. He’s now in jail and will remain there for another 16 days while investigators try to piece together what happened the day she vanished.
ABC News reports Wednesday that police sources in Aruba have confirmed Giordano took out the $1.5 million accidental death policy on Robyn and that he was named as a beneficiary on that policy. Also confirmed was the fact that he purchased the pricier one-year policy over a cheaper, more commonly purchased five-year policy.
Robyn and Giordano traveled from Maryland to Aruba on July 31. She is now presumed dead by Aruba police.
But her brother said on a Facebook page set up to share news and offer support for Robyn’s family – Help Find Robyn Colson-Gardner Missing in Aruba – that he isn’t giving up hope.
“Robyn,” he wrote. “You taught me how to persevere and to never give up when the going gets tough. I pray that you don’t give up now and understand that we’re doing everything within our power to bring you home.
“As you taught me, I will never give up searching for you and praying for your safe return. I want to show and tell the world about how special of a person you are on the inside and outside. Our lights are on, please follow them home.” Love, Your little “big” brother.
The FBI is also investigating the American Express accidental death policy. They have brought agents in to Aruba to question Giordano.
A judge ordered he remain in jail while police investigate serious inconsistencies in his story. They have found gaps in time between when witnesses saw Giordano and Robyn on the beach and the timeline he gave them when he reported Robyn missing.
Giordano hasn’t been charged with a crime but he is the only suspect in the case.
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