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Post by Wrapitup on Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:04 pm

August 08, 2011 08:45 PM EDT

A woman is missing from Aruba in a case that seems reminiscent of the Natalee Holloway disappearance. The Maryland woman was visiting Aruba and was last seen around August 2nd at a casino and resort. Could she have met the same fate as some of the other missing women who've vanished while traveling abroad?

Robyn Gardner, 35, shares a striking resemblance to the missing teen from Alabama, Natalee Holloway. She is blonde, attractive and looks a few years younger than her actual age. Before anyone takes offense to the comparisons made between this disappearance and that of the Holloway case, it's important to know that even her own family made the connection. The boyfriend of Robyn Gardner suspects something terrible has happened and personally contacted the Natalee Holloway Resource Center.

The Aruban Herald has a lot more to say about this mysterious disappearance than domestic media outlets. In fact, the source alludes to a possible suspect involved in this case. They also say she vanished while snorkeling. Whatever the case may be, this woman is missing, and her boyfriend as well as friends and family want answers.

If you or anyone you know may have information regarding this woman's disappearance, don't hesitate to call Aruban authorities.

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Robyn Gardner Goes Missing in Aruba

By Sara Hammel

Tuesday August 09, 2011 08:00 PM EDT
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A Maryland woman has vanished in Aruba after taking a snorkeling trip with a friend, MyFoxDC reports.

The disappearance of Robyn Gardner, 35, last week comes six years after Alabama teen Natalee Holloway vanished from the same resort town.

Police are questioning the man Gardner was with on the island, Gary Giordano of Frederick, Md., who reportedly told investigators the pair took a snorkeling trip – and that Gardner never returned to shore.

Giordano was detained as he tried to leave the island and has reportedly changed details of his story several times.

Gardner's boyfriend of two years, Richard Forester, has pleaded for help from the public in locating his girlfriend and says he is skeptical about Giordano's story, according to MyFoxDC.

"I want to let people know this is going on," Forester told the station. "She's been missing six days, and every day she's gone raises fear that she won't be coming back."

Gardner, described as 5',5" and 120 lbs., was last seen on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino in Oranjestad, Aruba, according to the Natalee Holloway Resource Center.

Anyone with information on Gardner's location can contact Fred Panneflek with the Aruban authorities at 011-297-597-5201.

Similar to Holloway Case
The case has similarities to that involving Holloway, who disappeared without a trace in 2005 while she was on a school trip with her graduating class. Holloway was last seen leaving an Oranjestad bar called Carlos 'n Charlie's in the company of a Dutch boy, Joran van der Sloot, now 24, who is currently in jail in Peru awaiting his fate in connection with the brutal murder of Stephany Flores, a 21-year-old business student.

He is expected to plead guilty to that murder – which occurred on May 30, 2010, exactly five years to the date of Natalee's disappearance.

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Post by Wrapitup on Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:29 pm

Maryland beauty, Robyn Gardner, vanishes in Aruba; raises ghost of unsolved Natalee Holloway mystery

By Michael Sheridan
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Tuesday, August 9th 2011, 10:28 AM
Robyn Gardner, 35, vanished while snorkeling in Aruba on Aug. 2.
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The disappearance of a blond beauty in Aruba has raised the specter of Natalee Holloway and has police searching for clues.

Robyn Gardner, a 35-year-old Maryland woman, disappeared in the popular Caribbean country Aug. 2, according to the Aruba Herald.

Her companion, Gary Giordano, told police she vanished while snorkeling in Nanki, in the island's southern region.

The 50-year-old has since been arrested after attempting to leave the country and is being questioned, authorities said.

Search parties continue to scour the beaches in the area in a desperate attempt to determine what happened to Gardner.

Giordano and Gardner had been seeing one another regularly for weeks and met through an online dating website, the Aruba Herald reported. He bought the tickets and invited Gardner on the Caribbean getaway. The pair was staying together at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino in Oranjestad.

"I can't even explain it... It's been six days," Richard Forester, who says he is Gardner's boyfriend, told WJLA 7 News in Washington.


He and Gardner had been dating for more than two years, but had a fight shortly before she left for the vacation to Aruba on July 31, he said.

"The last message I got from her was, 'I love you, we'll talk and sort things out when I get back,'" Forester said.

He described Giordano as a rival for Gardner's affections and was afraid he had done something to her.

"I just don't think that she was snorkeling," he told WJLA 7. "I just feel in my heart that something happened at this person's hand."

The 5-foot-5, 120-pound beauty has blond hair, brown eyes, and tattoos on her rib cage, right bicep and left arm. Anyone with any information on her disappearance is asked to contact Aruba authorities at 011-297-597-5201.

The disappearance comes more than six years after Alabama high school student Natalee Holloway vanished while vacationing in the same resort town in Aruba.

The still unsolved case has left authorities mystified, and the 18-year-old's remains have never been found.

Joran Van der Sloot has long been suspected in the case, but no charges have ever been filed. He is now suspected of murdering a young woman in Peru, where he is in prison and awaiting trial.

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Post by Wrapitup on Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:32 pm

FREDERICK, Md. — An American man detained in Aruba denies he had anything to do with the disappearance of a woman vacationing with him on the Caribbean island, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Attorney Michael Lopez said his client is being unjustly held in the disappearance of 35-year-old Robyn Gardner of Frederick, Md.

In Frederick, Gardner's boyfriend of two years, Richard Forester, said he just wants her back. The two fought but made up before she left for the trip, Forester claimed.

Lopez said in a statement Tuesday to The Associated Press that Gary V. Giordano has told Aruban police that the woman disappeared in strong ocean currents while they were snorkeling.

Aruban authorities reported that Gardner was last seen Aug. 2 at the Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino in Oranjestad. The Aruba Prosecutor's Office said Giordano told authorities he was going snorkeling with Gardner behind Nanki Country Club when he signaled her to return to the beach, but she didn't show up.

She has not turned up despite days of air, land and sea searches by Aruban police, coast guard and divers, officials said in a statement obtained by NBC News.

Giordano "emphatically denies" any wrongdoing, his lawyer said in a statement. Giordano had sought to leave Aruba on Friday because he was told he wasn't a suspect and didn't have to stay.

Police detained the 50-year-old Giordano as he attempted to leave "for further questioning on the possible drowning of the woman," the prosecutor's office said.

A Facebook page was set up to discuss the disappearance.

According to an Aruban newspaper, Giordano and Gardner had met on an online dating site.

For many people, this case is all too familiar, NBC station WHAG in Hagerstown, Md., reported.

"I think it has a lot to do with the fact that it's another missing United States citizens, female in Aruba and blonde and beautiful," said Forester.

Gardner had been staying in the same resort Natalee Holloway disappeared from back in 2005.

Forester contacted the Natalee Holloway Resource Center in Washington, D.C., which helped spread news of Gardner's disappearance. The organization that provides assistance to the families of missing people.
While the case has not been escalated to a murder investigation, Aruban officials believe Giordano played a role in the disappearance.

"They said they have her computer, her iPad and I asked them a couple of hours ago when I was talking to them, have you gotten into it yet and they told me they're working on it," explained Forester.

Forester, who had fought with Gardner about her trip with Giordano before she departed, says the last words they exchanged were "I love you." Now they're words he hopes to hear once again.

"They told me they were sending the BlackBerry to the Netherlands because they were more capable of getting into it there," explained Forester. "They told me that the FBI is involved, the Interpol is involved and I said you know I want that BlackBerry put in the FBI's hands."

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Post by Wrapitup on Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:38 pm

I think this girl is dead. I think she and the bf were on the outs..she met this dude online and he offered her a trip to Aruba. She lied to the bf and said she was going to Orlando with "friends". I would bet this guy made some advances that she didn't like..he probably took it as though she was "teasing" him and he killed her. He allegedly has had other complaints from other women that he is abusive.

It's very ironic that she was staying at the same resort as Natalee Holloway. But, NH was what..19? This gal was 35. They look nothing alike and I wish the media would quit saying that they do.

And, lastly..I cannot imagine Nancy Grace snorkeling over 300 times.

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American woman Robyn Gardner missing in Aruba did not go snorkeling, boyfriend insists
New York Post From: NewsCore August 11, 2011 1:37PM

THE boyfriend of a US woman who disappeared while holidaying in Aruba insists she would not have gone snorkelling, as her holiday companion claims.

Robyn Gardner, 35, of Frederick, Maryland, disappeared on August 2 from the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino in Oranjestad, the New York Post said.

She was reported missing by Gary Giordano, who she met online and who had invited her to join him on holiday.

Mr Giordano has since been detained for questioning by police.

Mr Giordano, 50, resides in the same town where Ms Gardner lives with her boyfriend, Richard Forester.

Mr Forester told The Post that he and Ms Gardner had fought over Mr Giordano, but that he was unaware she had gone to Aruba with his rival.

Ms Gardner vanished after going snorkelling, Mr Giordano told police. But Mr Forester said "she would never have done that."

"She is very concerned about her hair and makeup and would much rather sit at a pool," Mr Forester said.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the FBI's Maryland office, Richard Wolf, told FOX News Channel that the bureau was assisting in the investigation and disappearance of Ms Gardner.

"We received a formal letter ... via our satellite office in Barbados requesting our help. So we are assisting the police force in Aruba. We're doing some interviews.

"We are in the mode of assisting their government right now."

Ms Gardner's case comes six years after Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway disappeared from the same resort town in Aruba during a high school senior trip to the island. Her body was never found.

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The boyfriend of a Frederick County, Md., woman who vanished in Aruba nine days ago expressed serious doubts about her companion’s story that she disappeared in the ocean while the pair were out snorkeling.

“I don’t accept for one minute that she was snorkeling,” Richard Forester told Matt Lauer of his girlfriend, Robyn Gardner, live via satellite on TODAY Thursday.

Forester told Lauer that Gardner at first lied to him about her trip, originally telling him she was headed to Florida to visit family. Actually, she was visiting Aruba with Gary Giordano, a man she had met on an online dating site a year earlier.

Suspicious story
According to the Associated Press, Giordano, 50, contacted police around 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 2 and told them he and Gardner got separated while snorkeling and that she never made it back to shore. But authorities found enough inconsistencies in Giordano’s account that they arrested him when he attempted to leave Aruba on Friday.

On Thursday afternoon an FBI spokesman said that the bureau is assisting Aruba law enforcement in investigating the disappearance, conducting interviews and providing other support. Aruban Solicitor General Taco Stein said that investigators believe that if Gardner had drowned in the area as Giordano indicates, her body would have surfaced by now.

Forester told Lauer he has strong suspicions himself about Giordano’s story, believing his 35-year-old girlfriend wouldn’t be swimming, much less snorkeling, that late in the afternoon.

“She’s too concerned about her hair, about her makeup; at this point in the [day], being in a place like Aruba, she’s probably had a couple of drinks and she’s not going to stop to go swimming in the ocean,” Forester said.

“She’s probably getting ready to go out to dinner, [out] for the evening. She’s never been a fan of snorkeling … she wasn’t that interested. She is a swimmer, but would prefer to be in a pool.”

Checkered past
The case, which eerily echoes the disappearance of American Natalee Holloway in Aruba six years ago, took an ominous turn when court records surfaced that Giordano has a criminal record and has had at least two orders of protection taken out against him from women who claim he was violent toward them.

Lauer asked Forester if Giordano’s checkered past gives him cause for concern about his girlfriend’s disappearance.

“Very much so,” he replied. “I’ve had people come out from his past who have contacted me and told me some pretty bad details, so I definitely have a very bad feeling. [But] at the same time I just try to stay optimistic and hopeful that she’ll be back and returned safely.”

Forester told Lauer he had never met Giordano, though he had heard Gardner mention him. “I was under the impression it was just a friend,” he said.

A friend of Gardner’s has also stated she believed Gardner and Giordano were platonic. Forester said Gardner sent him an email while in Aruba saying she had a change of plans from visiting family in Florida.

But the day of her disappearance, he got a somewhat more concerning message. “A little after 2 in the morning, she posted a message on my Facebook wall saying, ‘This sucks,’ ” Forester told Lauer. “I didn’t get it until the morning when I got to work. I questioned her, but she didn’t respond.”

But Forester finally did hear back from Gardner around 3 p.m., just hours before Giordano reported her missing. “She sent me an inbox message on Facebook saying, ‘I love you, I care about you and we’ll talk about this and sort it out when we get back.’ ”

Lauer asked Forester if the fact his girlfriend had gone to a resort country with another man troubled him. And while Forester acknowledged it did, he noted that Gardner has been going through emotionally trying times lately.

“She had lost her job recently, so I really can’t say where her mind was at at that point,” he said. “My biggest concern isn’t that she was there with another man. That’s an issue, but my biggest concern is that she’s found safely and I’m able to have that discussion with her.”

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Post by Wrapitup on Thu Aug 11, 2011 3:48 pm

Richard Forrester seems like a straight-up guy and one heck of a great bf just from that interview. I thought Matt Lauer made a great point when he said, "You seem to know her well but yet she took off to Aruba w/another man."

I would think someone would have seen them in the water. She is very attractive and would probably stand out in a crowd. I agree that she most likely was never in that ocean (that is gorgeous!). I wonder if they have found anything incriminating in the hotel room.

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Post by raine1953 on Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:20 pm

Richard Forrester was on JVM, did anyone see it? He said that after Giordano reported her missing that someone was on her gmail account. He said the lights that go on indicating that person is online would go on. I cannot look for the transcript right now (kids) but if someone wants to pull that up there's more too. That Giordano guy sounds extremely frightening!
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Post by lisette on Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:12 pm

Suspect in Missing Woman Case Not Talking, Say Aruban Authorities
Published August 11, 2011

Prosecutors in Aruba asked the U.S. Department of Justice for assistance in the case of the missing American tourist because the suspect in the case is no longer co-operating with the investigation, according to a statement released Thursday night.
The statement refers to the suspect as G.V.G. It has widely been reported that Gary Giordano, who claimed to be Robyn Gardner’s travel partner, was in jail on the Caribbean island Thursday as authorities looked for clues to what happened to Gardner.
The public prosecutor is set to publish a photo of the suspect with the woman and appeal to the public for any information about where the two may have been seen on the island, according to a statement from the prosecutor’s office.
Gardner went missing and apparently drowned while snorkeling off the western tip of the island on Aug.2, the Aruban prosecutor's office said, according to interviews with Giordano.
Aruban Solicitor General Taco Stein said earlier that police had detained Giordano because of seeming inconsistencies in his version of events. And on Thursday he said that if Gardner had drowned where Giordano had said, "We think that her body would have surfaced by now.
"We know the spot where he said she must have drowned. We have searched there extensively and in view of the weather situation we are almost certain that the body would have come to the surface," Stein said.
Giordano's Aruban lawyer, Michael Lopez, insists his client is innocent and is being unjustly detained. "There is no concrete or direct indication that our client might be involved in any illicit act concerning his friend."
The tropical island has been trying to distance itself from the mysterious disappearance of Natalee Holloway six years ago.


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There is a video on the above link w/more information that I cannot embed. It's an interview with her bf, Richard Forrester.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Robyn Gardner's wild and rowdy tattoos belie the kind, quiet nature of a trusting woman who sought solace in a tropical getaway with a man who is now suspected in her disappearance, a close friend said.

The 35-year-old divorced woman accepted 50-year-old Gary Giordano's offer of a trip to Aruba despite earlier backing out of a cruise with the man she'd been friends with for over a year, Gardner's friend and part-time roommate Christina Jones said Wednesday.

"She's a very trusting person," Jones said at her hair salon in downtown Frederick. "She's a hardworking, loyal, standup female who has never said anything bad about anyone."

Giordano's account of the disappearance had enough inconsistencies that authorities decided they couldn't let him leave the Caribbean island and arrested him, Aruban Solicitor General Taco Stein said.

"The only thing we have is his story, his statement, and it leaves us with some questions," Stein said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Giordano's Aruban lawyer, Michael Lopez, insists his client is innocent and is being unjustly detained.

Gardner's mother, Andrea Colson, said the family is hoping for the best outcome, praying Robyn will be with them soon and grateful to Aruban authorities and volunteers.

"I hope you understand that we are being quiet as to not jeopardize the investigation," Colson said in a statement released by the Natalee Holloway Resource Center, a Virginia-based missing persons group named for a young Alabama woman who vanished on Aruba in 2005.

Photos on a "help find Robyn" Facebook page feature Gardner's body ink, including a jungle-print design on her left shoulder and a Latin phrase tattooed over her right ribcage. Translated, it reads, "If I can't move the earth then I'll raise hell."

But the pretty, 5-foot-5-inch blonde was more reserved than the pictures suggest, according to Jones and Gardner's on-again-off-again boyfriend, Richard Forester of Rockville.

At Forester's home, where she often stayed, she took care of two cats, Kobe and Toonsy, and relaxed by watching travel and food shows on TV, he said.

She also enjoyed watching the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" and the "Real Housewives of New York," Forester said.

"She just liked the drama of it," he said.

Forester said in an interview on NBC's "Today" show Thursday that Gardner posted a message on his Facebook wall about 2 a.m. last Tuesday saying "this sucks," but with no explanation. He says he emailed her throughout the day, and she responded that afternoon to say that she loved him and that they would sort things out when she returned.

Jones told the CBS "Early Show" that Giordano was a friend, not a boyfriend, of Gardner's and that the two had a "a bit of a rollercoaster" relationship. "Good one day, not so great the next," she said, adding she had only heard about Giordano through Gardner and never met the man herself.

A jogger and tennis player, Gardner also enjoyed traveling, whether to Florida, where her parents live, Las Vegas or Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach in Delaware, Forester said.

Gardner graduated from South Carroll High School in Sykesville in 1994. Forester said she had taken some college classes but didn't have a degree.

She was recently laid off from a dentist's office in the Washington area where she had worked scheduling patients, Forester said. She had also done some modeling, he said.

Giordano told police Gardner disappeared while snorkeling but Forester, Jones and Gardner's brother Andrew Colson all said she wasn't usually that adventurous.

"Robyn's more of a lay-by-the-pool kind of gal," Jones said.

The prosecutor would not disclose the specific doubts, fearing it could undermine the investigation, but one of them is fairly basic: So far, there are no witnesses who saw the pair go snorkeling in the late afternoon on the wind-swept southern tip of Aruba.

"She just wouldn't want to ruin her makeup or get her hair wet," Colson said.

Giordano called police in Aruba around 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 2 to say he and Gardner got separated while snorkeling and she never made it back to shore. Video and photos obtained by the AP show him assisting police in a helicopter and boat search of the Dutch island's coastline.

Stein said police have the woman's computer, which they are considering sending to the Netherlands for analysis, and the couple's rental car but no physical evidence of a crime. All they have is that a woman is missing and nagging doubts about Giordano's explanation.

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

"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.

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 there last May.

Holloway's mother, Beth Holloway, said Gardner's disappearance resonated with her. Losing a loved one in a foreign country and in particular Aruba is difficult, she said. There's the communication barrier — the official language is Dutch — and it is hard to navigate the judicial system, she said.

"It's hard to know who to be connected to, the right resources, and how to make those resources go to work for your missing loved one," she said in an interview from New York.

"I know the challenges ahead of them are great," she said of Gardner's family.

Jones described Gardner on Facebook as her "kindred soul." She said friends and family members remain hopeful she will turn up. Meanwhile, she said, the family wishes journalists would respect their privacy and let investigators do their work.

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MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It was on this very spot August 2 that Gary Giordano -- he is the American that`s now in custody -- said they were snorkeling late in the afternoon, and that at one point they became separated, he came ashore, and she apparently, did not.

MICHAEL LOPEZ, ATTORNEY: They knew each other for a couple years already as friends. They met each other, I think, on a dating site.

SAVIDGE: Authorities are going through a number of things, first of all the couple`s rental car, to see if there`s forensic evidence there to be claimed, and they`re also going through a number of smartphones, maybe a laptop.

MIKE GALANOS, HLN ANCHOR: Apparently, this guy would go online, get to know women in their late 40s, good shape, attractive women. After he would meet them online, they would meet in person a couple times, go back to his house and have consensual sex. But what they didn`t know is what that woman was just talking about, they were being videotaped and audiotaped having sex.

RICHARD FORESTER, ROBYN`S BOYFRIEND: I just don`t think that she was snorkeling. I feel in my heart that something happened at this person`s hand.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Tonight shockers in the mysterious disappearance of a beautiful young American woman in Aruba.

Good evening, I`m Jane Velez-Mitchell coming to you live from New York City.

Robyn Gardner simply vanished more than a week ago. Tonight we`re learning very disturbing -- and I mean very disturbing -- new details about the man she flew to Aruba with.

Here he is. Take a good look at him: 50-year-old Gary Giordano. There he is, his head down, walking on the beach with Aruban police after Robyn vanished. What is he looking for in that sand? Huh? Giordano is under arrest tonight in Aruba. He`s being called the prime suspect in Robyn`s disappearance, but he has not been charged with any crime.

For now Giordano has lawyered up and is reportedly no longer cooperating, i.e. not talking. Giordano told police initially that Robyn vanished while they were snorkeling together, but Robyn`s boyfriend back home says no way. Here he is on "The Today Show."

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

FORESTER: She had posted a note, a message on my Facebook wall, saying, "This sucks." I didn`t get it until the morning when I got to work, and I questioned her. I didn`t know what it was, but she didn`t respond.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Search crews scoured the beaches and the water where Robyn supposedly vanished. They found absolutely nothing. Gary Giordano`s lawyer says his client is innocent and had no reason to kill Robyn Gardner, but even his own lawyer calls him a suspect. Listen to this.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

LOPEZ: The last day of his stay in Aruba, specific as to justice if he -- if they needed for him to stay a little bit longer. They didn`t answer it, and on his way to the airport, and at the airport they detained him as a suspect for murder.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: So is Gary Giordano`s past coming back to haunt him? Police sources says his past includes domestic violence charges, restraining orders, and allegations of secretly videotaped sex.

Women who have been talking about him have come forward, calling him creepy and scary. An ex-wife says he can`t control his anger. The FBI is now involved in this investigation, but at this point who is looking for Robyn? I`m taking your calls: 1-877-JVM-SAYS. That`s 1-877-586-7297.

And We are delighted -- very honored tonight to have Robyn`s boyfriend, Richard Forester, with us.

Richard, thank you so much for coming on. I know you`ve got to be going through your own private hell right now. Unfortunately, it`s public, because we`re all wondering what happened to Robyn.

Let`s -- let`s start at the beginning. Where did Robyn tell you she was going, and how did she end up in Aruba?

FORESTER: She had -- she had informed me she was going on a family vacation to -- to Orlando, to a timeshare that her family had. And then told me that the family surprised her, took her and the family to Aruba, and that it was no big deal. So I just took it for what it was worth, said, "Have a great time with your family." You know, I thought it was a little odd that it was that spontaneous. Because usually that doesn`t happen like that, but you know, there wasn`t a whole lot I could -- I could say or do about it at that point.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, let`s listen to an anonymous woman talking about this Gary Giordano, because this is -- this is disturbing. Listen and we`ll ask you another question, Richard.

FORESTER: OK.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He was erratic. He was a little violent, like one time I happened to touch his hair by accident, and he, like, literally, like, yanked my arm really hard. It was, like, really scary. And he was, let`s say quite physically aggressive, inappropriately. Apparently, he has cameras in his house where he videotapes people, and he has cameras all around his home.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Now apparently, you could see videotape here at Giordano`s million -dollar home, and you could see that there are video cameras. And now I can tell you that at least two women have said some very, very scary things about this man, saying that they`ve had real nightmare dates. And I want to go into a little bit more in a second, about what they allege, which involves secretly -- them being secretly being videotaped having sex, and the videos being posted on the Internet. Just a nightmare date.

So one woman said that this scary Giordano stalked her, videotaped sex with her secretly in his house, where apparently, he has cameras all over the place, posted the videos on the Web, and she had to get a restraining order.

Another woman says the same thing happened. The sex that she had was secretly videotaped. He posted the images on the Web, and then when she complained, he went around putting x-rated photos of her in her neighbor`s mailboxes.

So this is a horror story here unfolding.

And Richard, to get back to you, how did they meet? Because I understand they met on Match.com, but according to friends of Robyn, she was saying, well, they were just friends. I don`t say this to embarrass you. This has got to be difficult and awkward, but we`re trying to get to the -- to the heart of this so we can solve this. Did he perhaps say, "Well, let`s be friends. Let`s go to Aruba"? Did he offer her tickets? What do you know?

FORESTER: I -- I don`t know how they met. Just what I hear in the press. I was informed, as a matter of fact, that he was homosexual.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, you know, let me say this. He was previously married. He has a son. And he was on Match.com, and he`s dated all these women.

FORESTER: Right.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Now, it`s very possible that he could have said to her, "Oh, you can -- you can go with me to Aruba. No problem. I`m gay. I`m not going to bother you. We`re just going to be friends." And that was a ruse, because it would seem from his history that he is heterosexual...

FORESTER: Sure.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: ... and has been involved in heterosexual relationships...

FORESTER: Sure.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: ... where there were allegations of violence. So one of the problems with these dating sites is that people lie. People make stuff up about themselves. But he was on a dating site.

FORESTER: Sure.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: He wasn`t on a "let`s make friends" site, or "I`m gay and I want to have a straight girlfriend as a friend" site. So it`s -- it`s kind of a disturbing dynamic.

Tell me a little bit about Robyn. She`s obviously beautiful. I understand she once modeled. She had recently been working for a dentist. Tell me about her.

FORESTER: Robyn loved -- loved life, loved to be happy, loved to have fun, loved to be active. She had a very loving, warm heart, very trusting, very positive outlook on life. The glass was always half full for her. You know, and if things were down, she would always find a way to realize that everything was going to work out, and everything was going to be OK. You know, sometimes she just would -- you know, if I was down, she would smile at me, and that would make everything better for me.

She was -- she to me was wonderful. We, of course, had our own, you know -- our issues just like couples do, but for the most part, we did quite well together.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Tell me about the texts. She disappeared a week ago Tuesday, and she sent you a very disturbing text that said, "That sucks." And...

FORESTER: Yes, what that was -- what that was, that was actually on my Facebook wall. On Tuesday morning at 2:05 a.m., she wrote on my Facebook wall, "This sucks." I didn`t see it until I got to work in the morning, and I responded with a question mark, "Inbox me." I never got a response.

So I e-mailed her throughout the day. I was worried. I didn`t know what sucked. You know, does it suck that I`m not there with you? Does the weather suck? I don`t know.

But she didn`t -- she didn`t get to respond to me until later on in the day I got an inbox on my Facebook page saying, you know, "I love you. I care about you. We`ll talk and sort through this when I get back."

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And that`s the last you heard of her?

FORESTER: And that was at about probably 3 or 4 p.m. on Tuesday. And that is the last that I heard from her.

The next day I noticed on her Gmail -- there`s a Gmail chat, a G-chat function, that if you`re online, there`s a green indicator light. There`s -- that means you`re active. If you`ve gone idle, it turns orange, and if you sign off, it`s gray. And it turned green, orange and gray throughout the day Wednesday and Thursday, so somebody was on her account.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: And I understand that, at this point, she was already reported missing.

FORESTER: That`s what I understood, too. I didn`t know she was missing at that time. I was -- I was instant messaging her saying, "Hello, I can see you`re online. What`s up? Are you mad? What`s going on?"

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Whoa. Wait, so you`re saying her -- her account is active after the time that Gary Giordano reports her missing?

FORESTER: Yes. And since then I`ve learned that he`s quite tech savvy, that he has the ability to use keystrokes and hack into multiple e- mail accounts and track old girlfriends` e-mail accounts and actually take on their persona and pretend like -- that he is them when he is e-mailing other people.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: That is frightening.

FORESTER: He`s frightening.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Richard, stay right there. More on the other side. And we`re going to talk to Martin Savidge live in Aruba, and I`m taking your calls.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

LOPEZ: My client has been detained as a suspect for a murder investigation.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Tonight Aruban authorities are once again investigating the disappearance of a beautiful young woman. Thirty-five- year-old Robyn Gardner was reported missing August 2.

FORESTER: I can`t -- I can`t even explain. It`s been six days. All I could imagine is that, while she was there, whatever was happening to her, she was screaming for me, and I wasn`t there.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Where is Robyn Gardner? She disappeared in Aruba, of all places, the same island where Natalee Holloway vanished. Straight out to Martin Savidge, who is live in Aruba.

Martin, thank you for joining us tonight. What is the very latest? I`ve heard reports that the active search has been called off. Is this true?

SAVIDGE: Well, that`s right. It`s actually been called off for a while now. They do say that they continue to look, but it`s not the all- out search that they had for the first five days.

We did see a helicopters earlier today that was circling over this area, and they did focus on Baby Beach, which is the beach we`re standing on, the same beach where on August 2, the couple was said to be snorkeling, and of course, Gary Giordano says he comes out of the water and she does not, which triggered all of what we`re going through now.

There has been a very perceptible change in the investigation for the prosecution point of view. They say that Mr. Giordano is no longer cooperating with them. He`s probably been told by his lawyers to simply stop talking. But either way, the authorities are now saying that they are going to get tougher with their stance. They`re going to release his picture to the public. They`re going to identify him, because that is something they have not done down here.

And the idea is they want to generate is information. They want tips. They want witnesses. They want people who may have seen the couple. Maybe they were arguing, maybe they weren`t, but wanting to see where their movements were around the island in the days leading up to whatever happened here.

The other thing, they`ve reached out to the FBI. They`re now asking in the United States for searches to be conducted, and they want telephone records. A lot of this could go back and forth through the computer communication we know that was going on.

So the case is definitely taking a different turn from the prosecution`s point of view, a much edgier, harder turn.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, listen to this. Giordano`s attorney, Michael Lopez, claimed the water was rough on the day she disappeared. Check this out.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

LOPEZ: Apparently, the sea got rough. He couldn`t stand it any more, and he signed to let`s go back. And when he reached shore, she was nowhere to be seen.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Now, if you look at Martin Savidge, who is standing right there -- maybe we can go back to him for a second. Thank you for -- just to see the water behind you. This is Baby Beach. It`s so calm.

And I want to bring in Mike Brooks, because you could see Martin Savidge standing there at Baby Beach. This is like a lake. That`s why they call it Baby Beach. And here is the attorney claiming, "Oh, it was rough." I mean, we know, Mike, that an area that`s called Baby Beach is not going to have waves that`s going to carry somebody away.

MIKE BROOKS, HLN LAW ENFORCEMENT ANALYST: No, but one of the things Marty has been reporting, when the daylight was out, that just over his shoulder and around the corner, when you get past the breakers, it does look rough. You could see it.

You know, is there a possibility she could have gotten caught in some kind of rip current and that kind of thing carried her out? Yes. But if you`re swimming with somebody, if I was swimming with somebody, I`d want to know -- I would have them right with me. I wouldn`t leave them in the water. His story just is not making any sense, Jane. None whatsoever.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes. And now Christina Jones, who is Robyn`s roommate, told "Good Morning America" she`s not a snorkeler. She`s a margarita girl. Listen to this.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

CHRISTINA JONES, ROBYN`S ROOMMATE: My experience with Robyn, knowing her since I`ve known her, is that she`s not a swimmer and that she`s more of a lay by the pool, have a margarita kind of girl.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes, and again, so we have the discrepancies in the water issue. You`ve got her preferences, which would not be to go snorkeling, according to her friends. And then you`ve got this disturbing past with Giordano. One woman claims he stalked her, harassed her, offered to take her on a two-week cruise. She refused to go. And then he showed up outside her widow, wearing a deer mask, illuminating his face with a lighter. And this woman says, "He was just really creepy and scary. He scared the bejeezus out of me."


Casey Jordan, quickly, your thoughts?

CASEY JORDAN, CRIMINOLOGIST: Well, it`s not just this woman. It`s also his ex-wife, who says that he threw their son to the ground. It`s also another woman, who says that he completely stalked her and harassed her.

And he had asked Robyn to go on a cruise with him earlier, as well, and she had declined. And her roommate, Christina Jones, had said that her reaction -- his reaction to being turned down, and -- literally made Robyn scared. And she discussed this with Christina.

So everything about this guy has red flags. Any man who`s going to secretly videotape sex with a woman is going to give somebody the creep factor. If it were a wonderful little loving tryst in the islands, that`s one thing. But when she wrote "It sucks," you know she wasn`t having a good time.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Absolutely.

Now, on the other side we`re going to talk more to Richard Forester, Robyn`s boyfriend.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He was, like, following me or stalking me, and it freaked me out.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The body goes outside the reef, and it goes deep immediately. You can see it there, and it goes under the water. The current will take it away.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Where is Robyn Gardner? We are speaking with Robyn Gardner`s boyfriend, Richard Forester, who joins us. His girlfriend, Robyn, is missing in Aruba, last seen with this man who has a very disturbing past.

And I`ve got to say that the lawyer is saying, "Hey, well, maybe her body is outside the reef and we`ll never find it." Does that -- I find that disturbing, that Gary Giordano`s lawyer is suggesting that maybe her body is gone.

FORESTER: I can`t hear.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Richard, can you hear me at all?

FORESTER: No.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: No? OK. You can`t hear me.

FORESTER: No. I can hear you, but ...

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, that`s OK, just listen to me -- and if you can answer my question -- I find it just disturbing that the attorney for this man, Gary Giordano, is suggesting that maybe your girlfriend`s body is gone in the ocean somewhere?

FORESTER: Yes, that`s kind of disgusting to me, that they would just assume that, especially coming with what I hear about Baby Bay. I don`t see how that`s possible. I know when she was younger, she was a -- she was a strong swimmer, but I can`t understand how it would just be gone.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: We`re going to go to a phone call here, see if the caller has some insights. Trenia, Georgia, your question or thought, Trenia?

CALLER: Jane, I want to thank you for taking my call.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Sure.

CALLER: I watch you every night.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Thank you.

CALLER: And I watch Nancy Grace every night.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, I`ve glad you`ve gotten to watch both of us.

CALLER: But I want to ask something. I don`t understand, with everything that`s going on today in this world, and women are getting gone every day, and children are getting gone every day, and the predators are just oozing in on all these women. How does a woman decide to go all the way over there, not meeting -- just meeting him online?

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, that`s a good question, but let me go back to Richard Forester. Robyn knew Gary, according to published reports, for about a year. And so is she a trusting person? What`s your thought on all of this?

FORESTER: She is a trusting person, absolutely is a trusting person.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: What are the police telling you about their efforts to locate her computer, go into their -- her apartment? Maybe do some searches there? Have you -- are you in contact...

FORESTER: The local authorities here? Here in Maryland?

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes, whoever.

FORESTER: They`re not telling -- I spoke with the authorities today, and you know, they`re -- they can`t really give me many comments, just due to the fact that there`s an ongoing investigation. I was really adamant about, you know, getting into Gary`s house, getting into his property and finding his computer, his videos, things like that, because I had heard about that.

Her computer, her phone is -- was with her in Aruba. So they`re not going to be able to do that. Her apartment, they`re not going to find a whole lot there other than her clothes. Most of her things were at my house, including her two cats, since January. I recently moved, and I got in touch with her brother and gave those belongings and the cats to her brother.

So, you know, they`re not telling me a whole lot. As far as I know, they just really got involved.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Thank you, Richard. We`re going to stay on top of this.

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Her bf is speaking of her in the past tense. I don't suspect him at all but I think he knows she is dead.

This Giordano sounds like a psychopath.





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Thanks Wrap for finding and posting the transcript of JVM. I just couldn't do it with the kids today.

Yes I noticed the bf talking about her in past tense. I don't suspect him either, he really seems to be a straight up guy. But he seriously thinks she's been murdered.
This Giordano guy is truly frightening. And these dating sites just are not safe.
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ORANJESTAD, Aruba – Police and firefighters have searched an abandoned phosphate mine in Aruba as investigators seek clues in the disappearance of an American tourist and evidence against the man who accompanied her to the Caribbean.

Journalists saw a firefighter leave the mine with a pink shirt and sandals, but it was unclear if they were connected to the investigation.
Officials declined to say why the mine at the rocky, cactus-studded southern tip of the island was being searched and the effort was ended late Friday because of darkness. No body or other evidence was seen being taken from the small mine, which is within view of the sea.

Earlier on Friday, Aruban authorities said they believe Robyn Gardner, 35, is no longer alive and are seeking to extend a detention order for her travel companion, Gary V. Giordano, as they seek witnesses who will help them build a case against him, said Taco Stein, solicitor general on the Dutch Caribbean island.

Investigators have few witnesses who saw Gardner and Giordano together in Aruba before he reported her missing, Stein said. Giordano has told police she was apparently pulled away by the ocean current as they snorkeled off the southern tip of the island on Aug. 2.

After so many days, authorities no longer believe the Maryland woman could be alive, so they are holding Giordano on suspicion of involvement in her death. Her remains have not been recovered despite a search of more than four days in the sea and on the coastline in the area where she was reported missing.

"As long as we don't have a body, you can question whether or not she is dead," Stein told The Associated Press in a phone interview. "On the other hand, with all the publicity on the case, if she were still alive she would have made herself known."

Other factors also lead to the conclusion she is dead, Stein told reporters. Police have recovered her passport from her belongings and don't believe she could have left the island by air with a false identity. They have also found no evidence that she left Aruba by boat.

Giordano, a 50-year-old business owner, has denied any wrongdoing through his attorney. He initially helped with the search but Stein said he now declines to answer questions from investigators.

FBI agents searched Giordano's home in Gaithersburg, Maryland, on Friday evening. Agent Phil Celestini said the FBI was executing a federal search warrant and declined to answer questions.

Giordano and Gardner, who is from Frederick, Maryland, arrived in Aruba on July 31 and shared a room at a Marriott hotel. Investigators have surveillance tape of them at a restaurant near Baby Beach, not far from where he says she disappeared while snorkeling. But no witnesses saw them go into the water and police have no knowledge of what else they did on the island, Stein said.

Investigators particularly need details of how the couple behaved together on the island, and whether they seemed close or quarreled. "We have very little information about what they did on the island," Stein said.

Giordano's lawyer, Michael Lopez, has said his client lost track of Gardner while they were snorkeling and is expected to contest the request.

"We feel we have a strong case, but what the judge will think, I don't know," Stein said.

Under Aruban law, which is based on the Dutch legal system, the judge can extend the next detention order for a maximum of eight days at a hearing scheduled for Monday.

After that period, prosecutors could ask a judge to order Giordano held for as long as 60 days while they prepare a case, but that would require more substantial evidence. Charges would be filed at the end of the 60 days if prosecutors take the case to court.

Aruba's system became familiar to many Americans who followed the disappearance in 2005 of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway. Authorities repeatedly detained individuals suspected of involvement but then later had to release them for lack of evidence. That case was never solved.

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Man held in Aruba was tied to stalking case
By Brian Englar / The Frederick News-Post, Md.
Friday, August 12, 2011 - Added 1 day ago

The man being held in Aruba in the disappearance of Robyn Gardner, a 35-year-old Frederick woman, was investigated by the Montgomery County (Maryland) State’s Attorney’s Office last year on allegations he stalked and harassed women, secretly videotaped their sexual encounters and posted the footage on the Internet, according to court documents.

The information emerges from documents related to a February 2010 peace order served against Gaithersburg resident Gary Giordano by a North Potomac woman.

The woman claimed Giordano threatened her with violence, telling authorities he said he would "terminate me" and told her "the world would be better off without me, and he could help." She also said Giordano posted pictures of her and letters about her on neighbors’ mailboxes.

Giordano attempted to have the peace order -- which stipulated that, among other things, he could not publish compromising photos or vid-eos of the woman or comments about her on the Internet -- rescinded, but the court cited the then-open investigation in denying his petition.

Giordano, 50, has been jailed in Aruba since Friday, when he was detained at the airport in connection with Gardner’s disappearance last week. Giordano is scheduled to appear Monday before an Aruban judge, who will determine if authorities have sufficient evidence to continue holding him.

Officials have said there were problems with Giordano’s account of going snorkeling with Gardner, who he said was not with him when he returned to shore. But authorities have not elaborated on what they consider suspicious about his story.

On Thursday, the Natalee Holloway Resource Center released a statement from Gardner’s mother, Andrea Colson.

"Our daughter Robyn has been missing since August 2, 2011," the statement reads. "We can only pray that she will soon be with us and bring back the joy into our lives. She means the world to us. We are hoping for the very best outcome with the help of the international community that we will reach a favorable outcome. We are confident (in) and very grateful to the Aruba authorities and volunteers who are working above and beyond all our expectations. I hope you understand that we are being quiet as to not jeopardize the investigation. Please continue to pray for Robyn. Thank you."

Colson declined to comment further when contacted by The Frederick News-Post.

Gail Landau, the Rockville lawyer who represented the woman in the 2010 peace order, said she could not comment on the case after the FBI told her former client to stop allowing information to be released to the media.

Seth Zucker, a spokesman for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, said the investigation of Giordano ended after the woman chose not to proceed. Zucker wouldn’t comment on whether claims by other women were being investigated, but the documents mention "numerous incidents of stalking and harassing women, including the Petitioner herein."

A sign posted on the front door of Giordano’s house in the 12000 block of Pueblo Road in Gaithersburg warns visitors that they consent to being videotaped when they enter the property or the house, which is the only one on the block not visible from the street.

None of the neighbors who spoke to The News-Post recalled having contact with Giordano.

"It was always pretty quiet up there," Pat Sutton said.

But Mary Sutton said residents of the neighborhood are well aware of the extensive system of video cameras around his home, which she said once led to the identification of some vandals who knocked over Giordano’s mailbox.

"My impression is, what’s he hiding?" she said. "I definitely have a concern, now that all this has come out, that he lives next to Thurgood Marshall Elementary School."

Allegations about Giordano’s potential for violence are also found in documents related to a peace order that Giordano’s ex-wife obtained against him in 2001. The order also extended to the couple’s three children.

The woman told authorities that Giordano frequently threw and broke objects, and once telling her "things were going to get rough" during an argument. She also claimed Giordano on several occasions threw their then-13-year-old son to the ground.

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GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) — The man authorities suspect was involved in the death of his travel companion while visiting Aruba courted other women with his blue-green eyes, offers of cruises and vacations, and his $1.3 million stone mansion.

But Gary V. Giordano's ex-romantic interests say the allure was only surface-deep.

Giordano, 50, a self-employed businessman and twice-divorced father of three sons, has denied any wrongdoing through his attorney since the disappearance of 35-year-old Robyn Gardner, who authorities believe is dead. Her remains have not been found, despite four days of searching the area where Giordano told officials an ocean current pulled her away Aug. 2 as they snorkeled.

FBI agents combed through Giordano's home Friday night in Gaithersburg, an upper-middle class Washington suburb. On Saturday, Solicitor General Taco Stein said a pink shirt and black sandals found during a search of an abandoned phosphate mine — near where Giordano told authorities Gardner disappeared — did not belong to the woman.
The exact nature of their relationship isn't clear. Gardner had a boyfriend back home in Maryland.

Giordano was detained at the airport about a week ago as he tried to fly back to the U.S. after the official search had ended.

Authorities say they doubt certain aspects of his story, including whether the pair even went into the water, and they're seeking witnesses to build their case against him.

His family has stayed mum, though a close friend said he can't imagine Giordano being involved in someone's death.

Giordano has told authorities that Gardner, a platinum blonde who loved tennis and running, never made it back to shore after the two became separated. His lawyer, Michael Lopez, said Giordano tapped on Gardner's leg to signal that they should swim back after it became clear that they were being pulled out to sea. He said Giordano noticed that she didn't return to shore with him and ran to get help.

"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 statement this week.

The judge can extend Giordano's detention order for a maximum of eight days at a hearing scheduled for Monday. After that, prosecutors could ask a judge to order Giordano held for as long as 60 days while they prepare a case, but that would require more substantial evidence.

Court records and former romantic interests reveal Giordano could by turns be charming and threatening.
"He can't control his anger," his first wife, Sharon Cohen, wrote in court papers in 2001.

Giordano married Cohen in 1987, several years after earning a degree in computer science from the University of Maryland. The couple had three sons, but the relationship deteriorated. They finalized their divorce in 2003. At one point, each accused the other of abuse, with Giordano alleging that his wife struck him in the back with a steel cooking spoon during a heated argument.

She countered that he had a nasty temper, throwing phones, cursing and becoming violent with one of their sons.

Even after they divorced, court records show, the couple has argued over money, child support payments and parenting obligations for their sons — a 19-year-old and 14-year-old twins. A young man who answered the door at Cohen's house and identified himself as one of her sons said the family had no comment. Giordano's mother also declined to comment.

Court papers also indicate Giordano can be an attentive father, insisting that a son who was struggling in school devote time to his studies.

He lived close to his ex-wife and children, in a contemporary home set apart from the neighborhood by a long, ascending driveway. A sign on the front door advises visitors they're under surveillance. A security camera is mounted atop a gable.

Though his house suggests a man who values his privacy, Giordano is also gregarious and fun, said Eric Curtis, a friend who said he regularly hangs out with him in restaurants and bars. He said he's never even seen Giordano raise his voice.

"He'd talk to anybody, male or female, and within minutes, he'd have anybody laughing," Curtis said.
Giordano and his second wife divorced in 2008 after just two years. Court records don't suggest an especially acrid relationship.

In the three years since, other women he dated — many of them thin and blond like Gardner — found that their romantic relationships with him turned ugly. One woman accused him of threatening her by saying "the world would be better off without me" and of videotaping their sexual encounters without her consent. The woman met with prosecutors, but told authorities she didn't want to pursue the case, said Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy.
Attorney Gail Landau, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition that her client's name be withheld, said her client was too frightened of Giordano to move forward with the case.

She claimed in court documents that Giordano retaliated by putting letters and photos of her on her neighbors' mailboxes. He claimed she had slandered him in emails and letters and requested his own restraining order.

Steven Kupferberg, a lawyer who has recently represented Giordano, did not return calls from AP, but he told The Washington Post that the sex tape allegations were likely exaggerated.

"I suspect that there wasn't anything to the allegations in terms of illegality," Kupferberg told the newspaper.

Jeanette Farago, a former neighbor, started dating Giordano around the time of his second divorce. She said Giordano was charismatic but could become angry and possessive, though she said she never felt physically threatened. Once, he wanted to take her on a cruise but became irate when she didn't want to go, she said.

Farago said Giordano insisted on having her email password so he could ensure she was not seeing anyone else. If she said she was going to the grocery store, he would want photographic proof. Sometimes, she said, he would spy on her and text her details of her outfit so she knew he was watching. He even hid in the woods behind her home to watch her, dressing in a deer costume, she said.

"He's Mr. Perfect," she said, and then he's "totally different."

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By Dahvi Shira and Siobhan Morrissey
Monday August 15, 2011 08:10 PM EDT

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Gary V. Giordano will remain detained in Aruba.

While authorities continue to investigate his suspected involvement in the mysterious disappearance of travel partner Robyn Gardner, Giordano, 50, "will remain in custody for 16 more days," according to a statement released Monday by the Aruba Office of Public Prosecutor.

Giordano's lawyer, Michael Lopez, said the 16-day extension was granted because the judge felt, "there are too many open questions as of yet."

On Sunday, nearly two weeks after Gardner, 35, went missing, Lopez pleaded for the release of his client, arguing that authorities don't have "hard proof" to believe he was responsible for Gardner's disappearance.

"We continue to be pleased with the way [Aruban authorities] have handled our daughter's case," Gardner's mother Andrea Colson said in a statement released shortly after news broke of Giordano's extended detainment. "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."

With a striped shirt over his head, Giordano shambled from the police station in southern Aruba to an awaiting police van which was slated to take him to the KIA prison toward the southern tip of the island.

This particular prison was the same place Joran van der Sloot was held in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway. The prison overlooks Baby Beach, where Giordano says Gardner disappeared.


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Post by raine1953 on Wed Aug 17, 2011 1:21 pm

Robyn Gardner Suspect Took Out $1.5 Million Accidental Death Policy: Report

Gary Giordano, the main suspect in the disappearance of Robyn Gardner in Aruba this month, reportedly took out a $1.5 million accidental death policy on Gardner before they left for their trip.

The FBI and local authorities in Aruba are both investigating the policy, which names Giordano as the beneficiary, as a possible motive in 35-year-old Gardner's presumed death, ABC News reports.

"We are investigating travel insurance taken out by Gary Giordano," Aruba's Solicitor General Taco Stein tells PEOPLE. "We asked the American authorities to look into it. We do not have the ability to look into an American insurance policy from here."

Although ABC News has reported the policy is for $1.5 million, Stein says he has heard varying amounts, ranging from $500,000 to $1 million to $1.5 million. "The report by ABC is too loud, too soon," Stein says, adding investigators have yet to determine the significance of the insurance.

Gardner went missing on Aug. 2 when Giordano, 50, says they went snorkeling together but she never returned.

Stein has not wavered from his position that he believes Gardner is dead.

Asked whether insurance would be a motive for murder, he tells PEOPLE: "[It's] hard to say. If [Giordano] is on the insurance policy, if this is the first time he took out insurance and he upped the benefits, it might be interesting."

Giordano was arrested on Aug. 5 when he attempted to leave the country. Although no charges have been filed, he has been locked up since that time. He was ordered this week to remain in an Aruban jail for 16 more days as authorities look into the case further, including what they have said are inconsistencies in his story.
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By MATT GUTMAN (@mattgutmanABC) , ALEXA MIRANDA, RICHARD ESPOSITO
Aug. 17, 2011
Authorities in Aruba are investigating an insurance policy taken out by Gary Giordano before his trip to Aruba as a possible motive in the disappearance of missing Maryland woman Robyn Gardner.

The investigation into the $1.5 million accidental death policy on Gardner -- which names Giordano as a beneficiary -- has been confirmed exclusively with ABC News by a police source in Aruba, as has the fact that he purchased the pricier one-year policy over the cheaper, more commonly purchased five-year policy.

Gardner, 35, has been missing for two weeks, since reportedly snorkeling with Giordano off of an isolated beach on August 2. The two traveled together from Maryland to Aruba on July 31. She is now presumed to be dead by Aruba police.

The FBI is also investigating the American Express accidental death policy and has agents in Aruba to question Giordano -- a man whom court documents show is trailed by a history of domestic violence.

Giordano, 50, was ordered this week to remain in an Aruban jail for another 16 days while police investigate what they say are "serious inconsistencies" in his story. Investigators have found apparent gaps in time between when witnesses saw the pair on the beach and the timeline Giordano gave when he reported Gardner missing.

Though he has not been charged with a crime, Giordano remains the only suspect in the case.

Erratic Behavior Surrounding Disappearance

Surveillance video from local businesses place Giordano and Gardner at the Rum Reef Bar & Grill in the Baby Beach area of the island before Gardner went missing, a police source in Aruba told ABC News. Restaurant staff said that Gardner seemed woozy while the two ate; Giordano later told police they'd been drinking vodka at the Marriott before dining, and that she'd taken sleeping pills earlier in the day, the police source said.

Video also shows Giordano in his rental car parked in the back of the bar and restaurant. The Toyota Rav-4 had tinted windows, so no one else in the vehicle can be identified. Giordano parked the car in the back parking lot twice; he told police that he wanted to park in the shade, the police source told ABC News.

The car was cleaned once Giordano returned the car to the Star rental at Aruba's airport, so police were unable to investigate the vehicle, according to police in Aruba. The rental agents said that they didn't notice anything unusual when it was cleaned.

Investigators have also said that they had trouble identifying Giordano in surveillance video because he frequently changed his toupees.

At approximately 6:02 p.m., after Gardner went missing, the police source said that Giordano is also seen in surveillance video, tapping on closed shutters of the bar -- seemingly making his presence known. At approximately 6:20 p.m. he headed to the back kitchen of the bar and told someone to call police.

Authorities said that that they found blood on a rock behind the dive shop at the Rum Reef Bar & Grill, which is the last place the two were seen together.

Investigators also told ABC News of Giordano's other erratic behavior at the time of the disappearance -- including that he left the search early to get some sleep at his hotel.

Three days after the search for Gardner began, Giordano got within feet of leaving the country before he was stopped at Aruba's airport, after passing through security and U.S. customs -- where he told customs he had to change flights because of weather, and inexplicably told officials that his travel companion was "taking another flight." When arrested, authorities say Giordano was drenched in sweat.

These developments were considered so significant that on Tuesday Judge Monique Yarzagaray ruled that Giordano be detained for double the time the prosecution originally requested. While in jail Giordano will undergo day-long interrogation each day, in which his lawyer can only be present before and afterward.

Aruba police will now have more than two weeks to mount a case against Giordano, based on evidence collected from witnesses, surveillance video, personal cell phones and laptops, and other information collected by police and the FBI, which is helping with the investigation.

Federal agents searched Giordano's Gaithersburg, Maryland, home over the weekend, seizing cell phones and laptops. The home was known to have been equipped with surveillance cameras and signs warning visitors that video and audio of their visits would be recorded, according to neighbors.

Authorities in Aruba will now be focusing the search for Gardner on an area away from the beach where she went missing, but within the area where she could've traveled in that 4 p.m.to 6 p.m. timeline. The FBI is sending bloodhounds, while Curacao and Aruba riot cops and volunteers will comb the area.

Police are asking members of the public that may have information about Gardner's disappearance to call 011-297-582-0695 and leave their tip and contact information. The Natalee Holloway Resource Center, which is also helping with the case, has set up an American tip line at 407-237-2295.

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I would think that she would have had to sign any policy taken out on her life. If this doesn't seal the deal on his guilt, I don't know what does!!

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Post by laga on Wed Aug 17, 2011 5:54 pm

Wrapitup wrote:I would think that she would have had to sign any policy taken out on her life. If this doesn't seal the deal on his guilt, I don't know what does!!

I agree, except we're talking about Aruba.
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Post by raine1953 on Wed Aug 17, 2011 6:11 pm

Wrapitup wrote: Authorities in Aruba are investigating an insurance policy taken out by Gary Giordano before his trip to Aruba as a possible motive in the disappearance of missing Maryland woman Robyn Gardner. The insurance policy looks like it originated in the US.

The investigation into the $1.5 million accidental death policy on Gardner -- which names Giordano as a beneficiary -- has been confirmed exclusively with ABC News by a police source in Aruba, as has the fact that he purchased the pricier one-year policy over the cheaper, more commonly purchased five-year policy. Because he knew she wouldn't live for five years!

Surveillance video from local businesses place Giordano and Gardner at the Rum Reef Bar & Grill in the Baby Beach area of the island before Gardner went missing, a police source in Aruba told ABC News. Restaurant staff said that Gardner seemed woozy while the two ate; Giordano later told police they'd been drinking vodka at the Marriott before dining, and that she'd taken sleeping pills earlier in the day, the police source said.
Investigators have also said that they had trouble identifying Giordano in surveillance video because he frequently changed his toupees. I haven't heard that the restaurant staff said that Gardner seemed woozy and that Giordano said they'd been drinking vodka during that day and that Gardner also had taken sleeping pills the same day. If he knew all of this then why would he take her out snorkeling????? First time I've read that Giordano frequently changed toupees making it difficult to identify him on video. Another red flag, men don't change their toupees often and especially to another style that would make them look different!

Authorities said that that they found blood on a rock behind the dive shop at the Rum Reef Bar & Grill, which is the last place the two were seen together.

Investigators also told ABC News of Giordano's other erratic behavior at the time of the disappearance -- including that he left the search early to get some sleep at his hotel.

Three days after the search for Gardner began, Giordano got within feet of leaving the country before he was stopped at Aruba's airport, after passing through security and U.S. customs -- where he told customs he had to change flights because of weather, and inexplicably told officials that his travel companion was "taking another flight." When arrested, authorities say Giordano was drenched in sweat.
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Post by Wrapitup on Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:58 pm

Your "JMOO" is right on!!

I was watching JVM and am watching NG and a former FBI agent stated that he could have taken out an ins policy on her but legally, he would not have been able to make himself the beneficiary. I would think she would have to be knowledgeable of the policy and signed it herself.

He has himself a 1.5 million dollar home and child support. I think he got way over his head and figured getting a policy on her and taking her out would make him rich. He's a fool. He's left a long trail of shoddy behavior. I think they w/end up finding her body and he w/be charged w/murder.

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Post by raine1953 on Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:53 am

I so hope they find her, body I mean. I absolutely do not think she's alive and that creep has to pay for this! He doesn't need to be out in society, no matter what country.

He could have forged the insurance policy right? I was thinking maybe that's how he set it up so fast.
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Missing Maryland woman hoped for a getaway,Went to Aruba after losing job

By Andrea Noble-The Washington Times Thursday, August 18, 2011

A short trip to the Caribbean island of Aruba was supposed to be a getaway and a time for 35-year-old Robyn Gardner to recharge after losing her job this summer.

Instead, the ill-fated trip turned into an international sensation after Ms. Gardner disappeared and her traveling companion, an older man with a history of domestic violence, was suspected of involvement in her apparent death.

For the past 15 years, Ms. Gardner worked in various dental offices. In late July, she lost her job as a patient coordinator at an office in Bethesda, where she had worked for about a year.

The job loss played a role in her decision to make the trip to Aruba, said her boyfriend, Richard Forester.

“She was obviously upset about that and distraught about that and she had some time,” he said.

The trip was just supposed to be a time to get away and relax, Mr. Forester said, adding that Ms. Gardner never told him she was traveling with Gary Giordano, the 50-year-old Gaithersburg man now held in Aruban authority’s custody.

“It was Sunday to Thursday, nothing too crazy,” he said. “Then come back and start looking for a new job. … She was trying to get herself on her feet and do things on her own.”

Mr. Giordano reported Ms. Gardner missing Aug. 2 and told police he thought she may have been swept out to sea as the two went snorkeling. Subsequent searches of the area have turned up no trace of her. Authorities placed Mr. Giordano in custody Aug. 5 on suspected involvement in her disappearance after they began to doubt his story.

In recent days, it’s been reported that Mr. Giordano had purchased a $1.5 million accidental-death insurance policy on Ms. Gardner and sought to claim the money just two days after he reported her missing.

On Thursday, authorities in Aruba said they would postpone a search for Ms. Gardner’s remains until early next week. Solicitor General Taco Stein told reporters that the large-scale operation still needs more preparation time.

The news was tough to bear for friends and family, who are still holding out hope that she will return home alive.

Issuing statements through the Natalee Holloway Resource Center, which helps to publicize missing persons cases, Ms. Gardner’s family has praised Aruban officials for the handling of their daughter’s case.

“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,” Andrea Colson, Ms. Gardner’s mother, said in the family’s last statement issued Monday.

Ms. Gardner, who grew up in Mount Airy and graduated from South Carroll High School in Sykesville, Md., in 1994, spent most of her adult life in the nearby city of Frederick. She moved there with husband Kenneth Gardner, to whom she was married for about 10 years.

The couple bought a newly renovated home on Second Street in downtown Frederick, where they lived until they separated in 2009, according to court records filed in Frederick County.

"I believe they paid top price for it, then the market tanked,” said neighbor Bill Mohan.

Mr. Gardner declined to comment for this article.

Ms. Gardner remained in Frederick even after the couple separated, eventually moving into an apartment with friend and hairstylist Christina Jones. Though she was still renting the apartment at the time of her disappearance, Ms. Gardner was mostly staying at her boyfriend’s Bethesda apartment, where she kept most of her clothes and her two cats, Mr. Forester said.

Each morning, the two carpooled together to their offices, which were about a quarter-mile apart.

The trim blonde, who had numerous and prominent tattoos, enjoyed running along the C&O Canal to stay fit and unwinding after work at happy hours or at home watching reality TV, Mr. Forester said.

Body art was a common interest for the couple, who got matching nautical star tattoos on a trip together to Florida.

“She’s beautiful inside and out,” Mr. Forester said. “Overall, she was a loving, kind person whom people wanted to be around.”

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Document: Aruba Cops Quizzed Giordano On Finances, Insurance

From Martin Savidge and Tristan Smith CNN
Posted: 10:13 am PDT August 18, 2011
Updated: 6:12 pm PDT August 18, 2011

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (CNN) -- Police on Aruba raised questions about Gary Giordano's finances early in their investigation of the disappearance of his companion, Robyn Gardner, according to an interview transcript obtained by CNN.

Giordano, who is now being held by police on the Dutch Caribbean island, talked with investigators shortly before he was taken into custody August 5. In the transcript, obtained exclusively by CNN, police asked Giordano about his debts and child-support obligations, business income and the travel insurance policies he purchased for Gardner and himself before they flew to Aruba on July 31.

On Thursday, Aruba Solicitor General Taco Stein said that both Giordano and Gardner had their own travel insurance policies worth $1.5 million each. Giordano's mother is the beneficiary on his policy, Stein said, and authorities have not said who is the beneficiary on Gardner's policy.

Giordano, in fact, told investigators that his mother was the beneficiary on his policy, according to the interview transcript. He was not asked who was named as the beneficiary of Gardner's policy.

A judge ordered Monday that Giordano could be held until August 31 in connection with Gardner's disappearance. The 50-year-old Gaithersburg, Maryland, resident has told investigators that he went snorkeling with Gardner on August 2 and that she failed to return to shore with him.

According to the transcript, Giordano told police that he feared for his life when he signaled for Gardner to turn back and didn't look for her as he swam for shore.

"I only looked back when I hit a rock," the document quotes Giordano as telling investigators. "Before that, I did not look back. I was only busy saving my life."

Gardner had been snorkeling before and was a comfortable swimmer, he said. And he showed police scrapes on his legs, but he said he did not know how they happened.

Giordano himself told authorities about the travel insurance, Stein said, and the FBI brought copies of the policy to Aruba this week.

His lawyer, Michael Lopez, has not returned repeated calls for comment regarding the policy.

In his interview, Giordano said he ran a temporary manpower agency and did not want to discuss his business income since it varied from month to month. He said that his finances were in good shape, that he had no debt beyond a mortgage and that he paid $600 a month in child support for his two children from a previous marriage.

Giordano is being held at the island's prison, the Correctional Institute of Aruba, commonly known by the Dutch acronym KIA. Aruban authorities said Thursday that two convicts from that facility escaped sometime after midnight, but Giordano remained locked up.

As part of the probe, authorities got a hold of a camera that Giordano had been using while in Aruba with Gardner. Based on his own conversations with Aruban law enforcement officials, Stein described the photos found on Giordano's camera as "explicit."

DNA tests have been taken from Giordano and sent to Holland for processing, Stein said Thursday. No time was given as to when those results could be expected back.

The solicitor general knocked down local media reports -- citing sources close to the investigation -- about bloody handprints found on rocks behind the Nanki Country Club, the same spot where the pair was said to be snorkeling. He also said that no condom was found in the area, as has been reported.

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UPDATE VII: Giordano tried to cash his insurance policy just two days after Robyn went missing.

Police may have still been searching for his girlfriend, and no one was close to declaring her dead. Still, Gary Giordano seemed in a hurry to have the whole matter over and call his relationship with Robyn quits.

Just two days after he reported her missing, Giordano tried to cash in a $1.5 million insurance policy he'd taken out on her just for the trip. The American Express Travel Insurance policy was only good for the duration of their time in Aruba.

For some reason Giordano believed the insurer would rule Robyn dead and pay out even though the search for her was still on-going. The Associated Press says he called on August 4 to confirm that he was the beneficiary and begin proceedings to redeem the policy.

He also wanted to know if search costs would be covered by the policy.

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Robyn Gardner's Boyfriends Clash Over Her Last Hours

By MATT GUTMAN (@mattgutmanABC) , SABRINA PEDUTO, ALEXA MIRANDA and JASON STINE
Aug. 24, 2011

Robyn Gardner was groggy from sleeping pills, vodka and a meal when she went into the water in Aruba where she quickly cut her toe, forcing her out of the water, a source told ABC News.

But the 35-year-old Maryland woman ventured back into the water a second time, and that was when she was allegedly caught by treacherous currents, her companion Gary Giordano has told police, the source said.

Giordano's version of events emerged as doubt has been cast by witnesses in recent days that Gardner ever went into the water. A witness at the restaurant where the couple were last seen together expressed surprise at the claim that Gardner went snorkeling because of the obvious effort she had put into her hair and make-up that evening.

A second witness claims to have seen the couple stroll on the beach, but not enter the water.

Giordano, 50, is being held in an Aruban jail and is the lone suspect in Gardner's disappearance, although he has not been charged with a crime. Aruban police have said they believe Gardner is dead.

Giordano has previously stated that Gardner had taken sleeping pills earlier that day and the two drank vodka at the Marriott Hotel before showing up at the Rum Reef Bar & Grill in the Baby Beach area of the island on the Aug. 2 evening that she vanished.

People at the beachfront restaurant said she was woozy and barely ate her salad.

But the source said that she did go in the water, gashing her toe on her first attempt to go swimming. She retreated with her toe bleeding, and a spot of blood was found near where the couple's rental car had been parked, the source said. Forensics is still testing the blood.

The source also said that helicopters spotted two sharks and a giant sea turtle in the area about the same time that Gardner vanished.

Gardner's live-in boyfriend Robert Forester scoffed at the latest claims, telling "Good Morning America" that Gardner was not the type to go swimming or to take sleeping pills.

Robyn Gardner's Boyfriend Doubts She Took Sleeping Pills

"I've never known Robyn to take any sleeping pills in the middle of day, nor do I know why anybody would take sleeping pills during the middle of the day," Forester said.

"But let's go with his word here," Forester said of Giordano. "So you say she was taking sleeping pills, then you give her vodka? And then you take her snorkeling? Really? Why would anybody do that?"

"Obviously I don't believe anything he's saying," Forester said.

Investigators are also looking into Giordano's claim that Gardner took out a travel insurance policy for up to $1.5 million before the Aruba getaway and named Giordano the beneficiary of the policy.

The ABC News source says a witness was present when Gardner named Giordano as the beneficiary on the travel insurance policy, and that Gardner was fully coherent when she signed it.

Forester said that he is upset that the woman he was considering marrying was off an island tryst with another man.

"Am I angry that she was there with him? Of course. Do I ask myself why and what she was thinking? Yes," said Forester. "But I can't let that consume me. What does consume me is what we can we do to find her. What I'd like to see as soon as possible is a search with canines."

The last contact Forester had with Gardner, his girlfriend of more than two years, was a message from her around 3 p.m. on Aug. 2, saying, in part, "I love you, I care about you, we'll talk and sort this out when I get back."

The ABC News source says that message was sent with the intention of ending the relationship when she returned to Maryland, something Forester also disputes.

"Part of that message to me, prior to that, was, 'this sucks.' So I highly doubt that's what it was," Forester told "GMA." "Not to mention that our plan for the weekend she came home from the trip was to find an apartment together."

Photos taken of Gardner and Giordano just before she disappeared were obtained by ABC News Tuesday. They show her leaving the restaurant with Giordano. She is wearing a long dress that Forester said was her favorite dress.

The time stamp on the photo is 4:12 p.m. on Aug. 2. Surveillance video shows Giordano back at the restaurant at 6:02 p.m., trying to alert people that Gardner had vanished.

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Did a text message seal her fate? Robyn Gardner 'killed after suspect read text sent in Aruba telling boyfriend she loved him'

Gary Giordano, 50, still being held over disappearance of Robyn Gardner, 35

Suspect said to have angered when he read text she sent to her boyfriend

Alleged to have murdered her then hidden her body in a shack

Witness tells police Robyn was wearing makeup, had her hair done and did not look like she was going snorkelling

Another witness said he saw pair walk along beach then drive off when they were supposed to be snorkelling

Robyn's friend said she knew Giordano for years after meeting on Match.com

By PAUL BENTLEY and RACHEL QUIGLEY
Last updated at 7:24 PM on 24th August 2011

An American woman missing in Aruba was killed after the man she was travelling with read a text she sent to her boyfriend telling him she loved him, it has been reported.

Shocking new details have emerged in the case of Robyn Gardner about the final hours before the 35-year-old dental assistant from Maryland disappeared on August 2.

Police reportedly believe her travelling partner Gary Giordano, who she met on Match.com, brutally killed her after spotting a text she had written to her boyfriend back home, saying: 'I love you'.

Fight: Gardner's boyfriend Richard Forester said the couple had a row before she left for Aruba

The sudden moment of anger is said to have spoiled a pre-meditated plan he had made to murder Robyn and dump her body at sea in an attempt to cover his tracks, according to the National Enquirer.

It is thought that Giordano was trying to collect a $1.5million accidental death policy but slipped up, leading to his arrest.

Sources said police are considering the theory that the suspect was obsessed with the 2005 death of Natalee Holloway, a teenager from Alabama, and the subsequent failure of police to convict Joran van der Sloot of killing her.

'Cops think Giordano believed that Joran dumped Natalee's body at sea, and he was planning to do the same thing,' a source said.

Robyn, who met Giordano online, is not thought to have had a physical relationship with him.

Insurance: Gary Giordano tried to redeem accidental death policy on missing woman Robyn Gardner, which named him as a beneficiary, days before their trip to the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba

She was dating another man, Richard Forrester, at the time but travelled with Giordano, 50, to Aruba after the relationship was said to have hit some stumbling blocks.

Police are said to believe that on the day of her disappearance, Robyn sent a text to her boyfriend, which read: 'I love you. I care about you. We'll sort this out when I get back.'

'Police believe that Giordano, who by now was fantasising that Robyn was in love with him, saw the messages on her iPad and went berserk with jealousy,' a source told the Enquirer.

'He became furious because he'd paid for their trip and she was sending romantic texts to another guy.'

Missing: Robyn's travelling partner Gary Giordano is thought to have got angry after reading a text she sent to her boyfriend

After eating lunch, the two were spotted by a fisherman walking around a reef behind the restaurant before getting into a car.

'Police believe Giordano drove Robyn to a nearby area called Seroe Colorado, and either strangled, beat her or tortured her to death after he dragged her into one of 50 abandoned shacks that used to house workers from a once-bustling oil refinery,' the source added.

Later in the afternoon, Giordano returned to the restaurant where they ate lunch and reported her missing, saying they had just been snorkelling.

The fresh allegations come as an employee at the restaurant said he thought it odd that Robyn would have been going snorkelling that day due to the clothes she was wearing and the way her hair and makeup were done.

Other eye witnesses said she seemed woozy and did not touch her salad when she ate in the Rum Reef Bar and Grill with the man suspected of killing her.

Facing questions: Gary Giordano arrives at a police station in handcuffs and without a hair piece as a witness disputes his account of how Robyn Gardner disappeared

A picture of the 35-year-old obtained by ABC shows her leaving the restaurant in 'her favourite dress', according to her family.

The time the picture was taken was 4.12pm, less than two hours before Giordano, 50, reported her missing.
The picture has emerged at the same time a close friend of Robyn said that she did not just pack up and go to Aruba with a man she barely knew but she had actually known him for years after meeting him on dating website Match.com.

Lianne Delawter said: 'Their relationship spanned back a long way, they'd known each for a couple of years. They met on Match.com and went out a "date" but it didn't work out and they stayed friends.

'It wasn't a date-date, they were never seeing each other,' she told Radar Online.

It was initially believed that the pair recently met on an internet site and that Giordano paid the pretty blonde to go away with him.

Miss Delawter added: 'She wasn't the type of girl to go away with someone she didn't know at all. She was very trusting and always saw the good in someone, saw light where there was darkness, but she wasn't naive. They were just going as friends.'

She also revealed that Robyn lied to her live-in boyfriend Richard Forester about where she was going, telling him she was off on a family vacation to Orlando rather than Aruba.

Her roommate claimed that the businessman invited her on a cruise earlier this year and became 'very angry' when Robyn cancelled on him, according to Radar.

She said she was worried when she heard her Robyn had agreed to go away with him and has 'no doubt' Giordano is involved in her disappearance.

Shackled: Giordano was not wearing one of his toupees. Police had said they had struggled to trace the suspect's movements on the island because he kept changing hair pieces

As the 50-year-old is held for another day, his story regarding what happened the day Robyn disappeared is being cast into doubt as another witness said he saw the pair walking along the jetty when they were supposed to be snorkelling.

He claims they then drove off in a white rental car shortly after 4pm.

The fisherman claims the pair never went into the ocean and that after they drove off, he did not see them for the rest of the day.

The new evidence came as another woman said that Giordano had told her that he could make her 'disappear' without a trace after she rejected his proposal to take her teen model daughter to Aruba.
Giordano allegedly telephoned Carrie Emerson claiming to be a producer in late July after seeing pictures of her daughter on the Internet and told her that he wanted to take her 18-year-old daughter to the island for a swimwear photo shoot.

Inconsistencies? Gary Giordano, left, speaks with detectives at Baby Beach on the day after Robyn Gardner disappeared

'He made the offer sound so wonderful that anyone needing the money or the modelling job would have gone,' she told Fox News.

'Thankfully it was me who answered the phone and not my daughter.

'During the conversation, he told me that he could make me disappear and no one would ever look for me.'

Also speaking on Fox News, the Aruba Solicitor General Taco Stein last night denied reports that a blood handprint had been found on a rock near where Giordano was last seen with Ms Gardner.

'The detail about the hand print and blood is not true,' he said.

'That is not something that we have found,' adding, 'Let me put that to rest as that only hinders the investigation.'

Meanwhile, graphic, disturbing and 'beyond pornographic' images are believed to have been found on Giordano's camera of Ms Gardner, calling into question the relationship between the pair, who were at first believed to simply be travelling companions.

Being held: A judge on Monday granted a request from Aruban prosecutors to extend the detention of Giordano for 16 days

Giordano's camera, as well as his laptop and cell phone, have been sent away for analysis.

Solicitor general of Aruba Taco Stein - who called the 50-year-old a 'mean b******' - could not confirm the nature of the images to the Today Show but would only say it did not look like she was under any duress.

Meanwhile it emerged that the Maryland businessman tried to collect the $1.5million accidental death policy he took out on her just two days after he reported her disappearance to police.

Giordano, who purchased the accidental policy shortly before travelling to the Dutch Caribbean island with the 35-year-old, tried to begin redeeming the American Express policy, which he took out just days before their trip and unusually only covered the trip to Aruba.

According to a police source, Giordano purchased a more expensive one-year policy instead of a more commonly purchased five year policy.

Giordano - a twice divorced father-of-three - is still fighting the accusations and is being held in an Aruban prison.

Trouble in paradise: Robyn Gardner was seen at this restaurant on the afternoon that she vanished

The scene: The Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino in Oranjestad, where Ms Gardner and Mr Giordano were reportedly staying during the holiday

He still denies anything to do with Robyn's disappearance and claims she vanished while they were out snorkelling.

Police are looking at a rock which is said to have a full hand print and blood on it that was found behind a restaurant that the pair were said to have dined in before her disappearance.

On Monday Giordano was ordered to remain in an Aruban jail for another 16 days while police investigate 'serious inconsistencies' in his account of events.
The American Express accidental policy is currently being investigated by the FBI.

Court documents show the 50-year-old has a history of domestic violence, has not been charged but remains the only suspect in the case.

His attorney has said he had nothing to do with her disappearance and has called for his release from jail.
Officers having been tracing the movements of Giordano in the hours before Ms Gardner's disappearance, but said they have had trouble identifying him in surveillance video because he frequently changes his toupees.

Video shows the pair at the Rum Beef Bar & Grill in the Baby Beach area of the island where Ms Gardner went missing.

Restaurant staff have told investigators that the woman seemed woozy while they ate.

Surveillance footage also shows Giordano in his rental car at the back of the restaurant, but the car had tinted windows so no one else in the vehicle can be seen.
Police said that they found blood on a rock behind the dive shop at the restaurant.

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Check this out: Both Robyn and Giordano lived in my town. The boyfriend lived about 30 miles down the road from here. If I wanted to sleuth it would be easy to find out the name of this "business" Giordano has here in Frederick. (But I don't sleuth peeps like this)
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Well, if you change your mind, we are all ears..or eyes!

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I am still trying to find out the name of the business he owned here. I also want to find out her address here.
Call me nosy.
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Hmmm. Sounds like they were pretty wasted (drunk).
Hope they really didn't go into the ocean drunk. This Gary sounds like a guilty man with a whole trunk of lies. Hope they keep him locked up.
Where oh where do these men make bodies disappear to- Natalee and now Robyn? Its not a huge island, where in the world (except the vast ocean) could bodies be hidden?
Didn't VanDerSloot say he left Natalee (alive supposedly) by a bunch of fishermen huts? Sounds like Giordano has the huts in his story too.
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There are mines there, too..at least that's how I understand it. I DO think her body/remains w/eventually be found and this "ladies man who is Fugly!" will fry! MOO

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Yeah he is pretty fugly- and wore toupees all the time. Ugh. (I like a man who is comfortable with his baldness, LOL) Who would even WANT to go to Aruba with him???
Robyn made some bad choices from early on. Now shes probably dead.
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Post by HippyChick2 on Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:05 pm

OMG- Ambien? I took that medication for many years. Its a amnesiac (you won't remember what you did) a sedative (sleeeeeeepy) and a hypnotic (just like it sounds). I cannot IMAGINE swimming while under influence of ambien AND alcohol (or even just ambien). Very dangerous combo. Maybe she DID drown??? On her own??
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Post by Wrapitup on Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:50 pm

I think she was so f'd up that he pushed her over those cliffs and she w/never be found.

OK, I am going to say this: She made the CHOICE to go to Aruba with this idiot...knowing he had mental issues. She met him on a "swingers" website. Sounds to me like she had another life that her nice bf knew nothing about. I am not blaming her for her demise; however..she should have Known better..especially since she turned him down on the cruise and he got mad. I do think she probably had an alcohol problem and the idiot knew this..maybe even slipped an ambien in her vodka and was mad because she probably told him she "loved" her bf. MOO.

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