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Aruba keeps Giordano detained
Gaithersburg man likely to be charged in woman’s disappearance
An Aruban judge on Wednesday ordered a Gaithersburg man suspected in the disappearance of a travel companion detained for an additional 60 days, according to prosecutors.
Mr. Giordano has not been charged with a crime.
Aruban Solicitor General Taco Stein said he expects the prosecutor’s office to file charges against Mr. Giordano at the end of the 60-day period. Mr. Stein could not say Wednesday what those charges might be.
“The investigation is just continuing at this moment,” Mr. Stein told The Washington Times. “We’re not dwelling on it at this moment.”
The judge’s decision was not issued publicly, but Mr. Stein’s office released a statement about the hearing’s outcome.
Ms. Gardner left on a trip to the Caribbean island with Mr. Giordano on July 31. The two were supposed to return stateside Aug. 5. However, Mr. Giordano reported Ms. Gardner missing Aug. 2, claiming she was swept out to sea while the two were snorkeling.
“He is now allowed to have contact with family and lawyers,” he said.
Ms. Gardner’s family issued a statement Wednesday afternoon asking anyone with further information about her to come forward.
“We pray that anyone who knows what happened that day will find the strength to contact authorities immediately. And we continue to ask everyone to keep praying for our Robyn so that she will be found soon.”
The statement was released through the Natalee Holloway Resource Center, which provides outreach assistance to families of missing people. The center bears the name of an Alabama teenager who disappeared during a trip to Aruba in 2005.
Searches in Aruba have proved fruitless in turning up any sign of Ms. Gardner, though the last known photos taken of her show her leaving a restaurant in the company of Mr. Giordano just hours before he returned to the same restaurant to report her missing.
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