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American missing in Aruba; travel companion detained

August 10, 2011 |  1:27 pm

Sound familiar? An American woman has gone missing in Aruba. In this case, a Maryland woman disappeared last week while traveling in Aruba, and authorities on the island have detained her travel companion for questioning. 

Robyn Gardner, 35, was last seen on Aug. 2 in an area of the island called Baby Beach, according to the Aruban prosecutor’s office.   Robyn Gardner

Local authorities detained Gary V. Giordano, 50, who had traveled with Gardner to the island, as he tried to leave Aruba.

Giordino told authorities before his arrest that he was snorkeling with Gardner when he signaled for her to return to shore. Once he got out of the water, he realized that she had disappeared, the prosecutor's office said.

Giordino notified authorities of her disappearance that evening.

Aruban Solictor General Taco Stein said Wednesday that the search for Gardner was called off because authorities have run out of leads, but they planned to question Giordino again.

In 2005, Natalee Holloway, 18, disappeared during a high school graduation trip to the island. She was last seen with Dutchman Joran van der Sloot. News coverage of the case was extensive.

Van der Sloot is now in jail in Peru, accused of killing a 21-year-old woman there.


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Photo: This undated photo shows Robyn Gardner, 35, of Frederick, Md.  Credit: Natalee Holloway Resource Center