Maryland Woman Missing In Aruba; Travel Partner Detained

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A U.S. woman has disappeared while vacationing in Aruba, and authorities said Tuesday that police detained her travel partner because his statements about the incident had raised questions.

Robyn Gardner, 35, of Frederick, Maryland, vanished after snorkeling with her companion off the western tip of the Caribbean island Aug. 2, said Ann Angela, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office. She said police immediately launched an extensive search of the water and shore but turned up nothing and Gardner is still listed as missing.

As the official search ended Saturday, the man who accompanied Gardner to the island sought to fly back to the U.S. but he was detained at the airport.

This undated handout photo, shows Robyn Gardner, 35, of Frederick, Maryland and her boyfriend Richard Forester. The prosecutor's office in Aruba said Gardner has gone missing in the Caribbean island after she went snorkeling with travel partner Gary V. Giordano, 50, who was later detained by the police and is being investigated on suspicion of involvement in her disappearance. Richard Forester was not in Aruba.

"Statements made by the traveling companion 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," the prosecutor's office said in a statement.

Authorities referred to the man only by his initials, but his lawyer identified him as Gary V. Giordano, 50.

Island officials declined to say what precisely led them to stop Giordano or to provide many details about the case.

The newspaper Aruba Today said Giordano was detained because he bought a ticket to leave the island after earlier agreeing to stay and help the missing woman's mother search for her and to cooperate with the investigation into her disappearance.

Aruba has experience dealing with missing person cases following the still unsolved disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway during a high school class trip to the island in 2005. Her remains were never found and the main suspect, Joran van der Sloot, is in jail in Peru on charges of killing a 21-year-old woman last May.

Giordano's Aruban lawyer, Michael Lopez, said his client was being unjustly held.

"Our client emphatically denies being involved in any malicious act concerning his friend and consequently does not consider himself a suspect," Lopez said in a written statement provided to The Associated Press.

The two Americans had been in Aruba a couple of days when they decided to go snorkeling in the area known as Baby Beach, Lopez said. He said the pair eventually realized they were being pulled out to sea by the current and Giordano tapped on Gardner's leg to signal that they should swim back. When he got to shore, he noticed she wasn't with him and ran to get help after looking for her unsuccessfully in the water, the lawyer said.

Lopez said that in the following days, Giordano assisted with the search and answered questions from police. He said his client waited until the woman's mother arrived before he decided he should return to the U.S. Giordano says he was given permission to leave by an official at the U.S. consulate on the nearby island of Curacao, the lawyer said.

The U.S. vice consul, Winnie Hofstetter, declined to comment on the case.

Lopez said that after being detained, Giordano initially declined to cooperate further with prosecutors and police because he felt he was being wrongly detained.

"As judicial representative of our client we can say that after reading and analyzing everything there is until now in his case file, there is no concrete or direct indication that our client might be involved in any illicit act concerning his friend," Lopez said.

Giordano is from Gaithersburg, Maryland. His lawyer said he runs an employment agency.

Gardner, a 5-foot-5-inch blonde with prominent tattoos on her arm, rib cage and right bicep, had worked in the past as a patient care coordinator at a dental office in Bethesda, Maryland, said Richard A. Forester, who said he was her boyfriend.

Forester said Gardner lived much of the time with him in Rockville, Maryland and had said that she and Giordano were platonic friends. The pair were scheduled to spend about five days in Aruba, Forester said.

"I'm starting to believe that's not true," Forester said in a phone interview. "I'm starting to believe there was some romantic thing."

Forester said he and Gardner had been in contact through Facebook until just before she disappeared. After she vanished, her Google Chat indicators showed she was active on Gmail, then on but not active, and finally off, he said. It seemed to indicate that she or someone else had been on her Gmail account, he said.

"I'm terrified as to what may have happened to her," he said. "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."


Wonder if he bought her a rock coat...


Guess who's back? Hoffman's back
Where was Joran Van der Sloot?

Creasy Bear

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First pic... hot.

Second pic... tranny.


Liberal Psycopath
Someone went a little heavy on the botox and collagen injections......
So she's got a boyfriend back in Maryland, but she's traveling in Aruba with another dude who was just gonna hop on a plane back to the states after his "Travel companion" went missing... On a fucking snorkeling trip? Losing someone while snorkeling in the Caribbean is like losing someone in a swimming pool, you've gotta try pretty hard.

There's so much wrong with this story it makes my fucking head hurt.
Why would he take someone out that is only a "girlfriend"? You just walk away. Way more info to come out.

I agree with her looking like a tranny in second pic. Sorry to bring out the hotness.


El hombre de los moleculos!
How can someone who looks so much like a fish disappear in the ocean? Maybe she went back to her underwater paradise.
Why would he take someone out that is only a "girlfriend"? You just walk away. Way more info to come out.

I agree with her looking like a tranny in second pic. Sorry to bring out the hotness.
That's the thing, though, it's not even his girlfriend according to the story! Her boyfriend was back home, this guy was her "Travel companion".


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ahh i got it, she looks like that french broad from the Flavor of Love shows


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I hope the sharks don't choke on her penis. Because that's a man, BAAABBYYY!

Creasy Bear

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I'm going to go out on a limb here and say it... I suspect foul play.
$1.5M life policy on Aruba gal

" shit"

The 50-year-old suspect held in the presumed death of an American beauty while they vacationed in Aruba had taken out a $1.5 million travel insurance policy on her -- and it likely covered accidental death.

Gary Giordano, a self-employed businessman from Maryland, had taken out the top-flight policy before he and 35-year-old blonde Robyn Gardner visited the Caribbean island on July 31, Aruba Solicitor General Taco Stein told The Post yesterday

Gardner is presumed dead and "Giordano is the only suspect," Stein said.

It is too early to say if the policy was a motive in her death, Stein said, but an FBI liaison is working to determine if Giordano was the beneficiary.

"In and of itself to buy an insurance policy is not something unusual when you travel, but the policy could have a weird clause in it and we hope to interview Mr. G further about this," said Stein.

But ABC News reported the one-year $1.5 million policy with American Express covered Gardner's accidental death. American Express would not comment on whether it issued the policy.
Another strike against him is that they said there calm waters that day.


Victim of high standards and low personal skills.
White woman gone missing. Stop the presses!!!!!
Let's face it, Stormrider: attractive white women are just more valuable to our society than any other people. Black women, Asian women, Hispanic women, or any kind of man: an attractive white women of child-bearing years is just more fuckable than any of the above.

Creasy Bear

gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh
The 50-year-old suspect held in the presumed death of an American tranny while they vacationed in Aruba had taken out a $1.5 million travel insurance policy on her -- and it likely covered accidental death.