A Maryland women is still missing in Aruba while her travel partner is being held in suspicion of her disappearance. The suspect Gary V. Giordano said that his friend, 35-year-old Robyn Gardner drowned while snorkeling. Giordano was in jail on the Caribbean island Wednesday as authorities looked for clues to what happened, the prosecutor’s office said.
Aruban Solicitor General Taco Stein said Wednesday that authorities had called off the active search for Gardner because they had no more leads to pursue, but that they planned to question Giordano again. “The suspect is standing by his story that they went snorkeling and that Robyn did not resurface,” Stein said. Earlier, the prosecutor’s office said it decided to detain Giordano on Friday, as he tried to leave Aruba, because of questions about information he gave police about the disappearance.
Gardner’s younger brother, Andrew Colson, said Giordano seemed too calm when his mother came to Aruba to help find her daughter.
“He didn’t seem very sorrowful. He wasn’t mournful or anything,” Colson told The Associated Press in a phone interview from Odenton, Maryland. Colson, who last saw his sister in May, said Aruban authorities asked them not to discuss the case in detail, but that they do not believe Giordano’s account of what happened.
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 AP. The two Americans had been in Aruba a couple of days when they decided to go snorkeling on Aug. 2 near an 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.Stay Connected
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