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Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 08/15/2011

Aruban judge orders Md. man held in woman’s disappearance


Robyn Gardner, 35, of Frederick, vanished while in Aruba. (Anonymous - AP)
An Aruban judge on Monday ordered that a Gaithersburg man will be detained for 16 additional days while authorities investigate the disappearance of his female companion.

Aruban authorities have said they intend to pursue criminal charges against Gary Giordano, 50, in connection with the apparent death of Robyn Gardner. Giordano told officials that Gardner failed to return to the beach after the pair went snorkeling Aug. 2, but officials have questioned his account. Her body has not been found.

In a Monday press release, Aruban prosecutors said Giordano is “suspected of involvement in the possible drowning” of Gardner.

Giordano, 50, arrived on the island with Garder, a 35-year-old Frederick County woman, on July 31. He was arrested on Aug. 5 as he was about to board a flight back to the United States.

Giordano’s lawyer in Aruba, Michael Lopez, has said Giordano should be freed and there is no proof that he committed a crime.

Andrea Colson, Gardner’s mother, said in a statement that the family supports the decision to hold Giordano.

“We are still hoping to find out what has happened to our daughter, as we have not given up hope that she may still be alive,” Colson said in the statement. “This has been such a hard time for all of Robyn’s family and friends, and we are grateful for all the support that has come from communities around the world. We just want to find our daughter, and we continue to ask the public for any tips they may have in helping our Robyn come home.”

Property records indicate that Giordano has lived in the Washington area for at least 20 years, and court records show he has had legal problems.

Two Montgomery County women have previously accused Giordano of domestic abuse or threats, according to requests for restraining orders filed in Rockville courthouses. In one case, a former girlfriend alleged that Giordano stalked her and posted pornographic images of her on the Internet.

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