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'She's dead': Police give up hope of finding missing Aruba tourist alive as 'holiday friend' is linked to her disappearance


A U.S. woman who went missing while on vacation in Aruba is believed to have died, authorities said today, as it was revealed a suspect in her disappearance is no longer co-operating with detectives.Robyn Gardner, 35, from Maryland, was last seen on 2 August when she went snorkelling with her travelling companion Gary V. Giordano off the southern tip of the island.Giordano originally told police that she was pulled away by the ocean current but prosecutors are now trying to detain the 50-year-old on the island as they seek witnesses who will help them build a case against him.Missing case: Robyn Gardner, 35, right, of Maryland, disappeared last week while on holiday in Aruba with her friend Gary Giordano, 50, left, who claims she never returned to shore after they went snorkelling togetherAuthorities no longer believe Miss Gardner is 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.Solicitor General Taco Stein said: ‘As long as we don't have a body, you can question whether or not she is dead. On the other hand, with all the publicity on the case, if she were still alive she would have made herself known.’The Office of the Public Prosecutor of Aruba also said it will request legal assistance from the U.S. Department of Justice in the investigation.The suspect being held over the missing American tourist on a Caribbean island allegedly sent her ‘angry, aggressive and harmful’ texts in the past.
Robyn Gardner, 35, of Maryland, disappeared last week while on holiday in Aruba with her friend Gary Giordano, 50, who claims she never returned to shore after they went snorkelling together.
Her best friend and room-mate Christina Jones said Giordano got annoyed with Ms Gardner one time when he asked her to go on a cruise but she went away to New York with Ms Jones instead.‘He was texting her while we were at breakfast, very angry at her because she decided she wasn't going to go on the cruise,’ Ms Jones told ABC News.
‘And his responses by text, which I don't feel comfortable repeating, were aggressive, harmful, something that doesn't sit right within myself.’Ms Jones said Ms Gardner had met Giordano on a dating website more than a year ago and her best friend was aware that he had a history of domestic abuse allegations. More...Parents of three-year-old girl who disappeared while playing outside home fail polygraph tests as bike wheels are found[/*][/list]She was surprised to hear Ms Gardner tell her that she was going to Aruba with Giordano - but her friend had recently lost her job as a dental assistant and was having relationship trouble.
Ms Jones said Ms Gardner, whom she described as a trusting and sweet friend, had been with her boyfriend Richard Forester for more than two years and just wanted to get away.
‘She made me feel better, that it was going to be OK and she was just going to clear her head,’ Ms Jones told ABC News. ‘She was just so light-hearted about it and kind of needed to get away.’Pretty: Best friend Christine Jones said Robyn Gardner, pictured, had met Giordano on a dating website more than a year ago and she was aware that he had a history of domestic abuse allegationsMystery: Ms Gardner was visiting the island with Gary Giordano, who was detained for questioning
Giordano was arrested and held because police do not believe his story, Aruban authorities said.
‘He was texting her while we were at breakfast, very angry at her because she decided she wasn't going to go on the cruise. And his responses by text, which I don't feel comfortable repeating, were aggressive, harmful, something that doesn't sit right within myself'Robyn Gardner's best friend Christina Jones on Gary Giordano (ABC News)
Meanwhile prosecutors asked the U.S. Department of Justice for help in the case because the suspect Giordano is reportedly no longer co-operating with the investigation
Aruban Solicitor General Taco Stein said if Ms Gardner had drowned where Giordano had said she did, then the body should have surfaced by now, reported Fox News.
‘We know the spot where he said she must have drowned,’ he said. ‘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.’
But Giordano's lawyer, Michael Lopez, insists his client is innocent. ‘There is no concrete or direct indication that our client might be involved in any illicit act concerning his friend,’ he said.
Fight: Gardner's boyfriend Richard Forester said the couple had a row before she left for ArubaMs Gardner's younger brother, Andrew Colson, said Giordano seemed too calm when his mother came to Aruba to help find her daughter.'He didn't seem very sorrowful. He wasn't mournful or anything,' Colson said in a phone interview from Odenton, Maryland.Mr Colson, who last saw his sister in May, said Aruban authorities asked them not to discuss the case in detail, but that they do not believe Giordano's account of what happened.
He said she was unlikely to have been snorkelling in the first place. 'I think there's more to it,' he said. 'She just wouldn't want to ruin her make-up or get her hair wet.'The two Americans had been in Aruba a couple of days when they decided to go snorkelling on August 2 near an area known as Baby Beach, Mr Lopez said.
He added that the pair eventually realised they were being pulled out to sea by the current and Giordano tapped on Ms Gardner's leg to signal that they should swim back.
The scene: The Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino in Oranjestad, where Ms Gardner and Mr Giordano were reportedly staying during the holidayWhen he got to shore, he noticed she wasn't with him and ran to get help after looking for her unsuccessfully in the water, the lawyer said.Mr Lopez said that in the following days, Giordano assisted with the search and answered questions from police. He said his client waited until the woman's mother arrived before he decided he should return to the U.S.
Giordano says he was given permission to leave by an official at the U.S. consulate on the nearby island of Curacao, the lawyer said. The U.S. vice consul, Winnie Hofstetter, declined to comment.
Mr Lopez said that after being detained, Giordano initially declined to co-operate further with prosecutors and police because he felt he was being wrongly detained.
'As judicial representative of our client we can say that after reading and analysing 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,' Mr Lopez said.
A video of the search shows Giordano accompanying police as they searched the water around where he said Ms Gardner disappeared.Worried: Ms Gardner's boyfriend of two-and-a-half years, Richard Forester, has made a public appeal for help as the search continuesGiordano is from Gaithersburg, Maryland. His lawyer said he runs an employment agency.Earlier today, news emerged Giordana was divorced from his ex-wife in 2008 'amid allegations of domestic violence' during which she obtained a restraining order, according to court reports.
Unsolved: Natalee Holloway was 18 when she vanished on Aruba on holiday in 2005At least one other woman sought a similar order against him, Gawker reported.
Giordano, who also has several arrests on his record for thefts under $500.Ns Gardner, a 5ft 5in blonde with prominent tattoos on her arm, rib cage and right bicep, had worked in the past as a patient care coordinator at a dental office in Bethesda, Maryland, said her boyfriend Richard Forester.
Mr Forester said Ms Gardner lived much of the time with him in Rockville, Maryland, and had said that she and Giordano were platonic friends. The pair were scheduled to spend about five days in Aruba, Mr Forester said.
He said he and Gardner had been in contact through Facebook until just before she disappeared.
After she vanished, her Google Chat indicators showed she was active on Gmail, then on but not active, and finally off, he said. It seemed to indicate that she or someone else had been on her Gmail account, he said.
'I'm terrified as to what may have happened to her,' he said. 'I'm sad and scared that I might not see her again. I love her very much and all I am concerned about is that she gets home safely.'Forester earlier told WJLA 7 News he had a fight with Gardner shortly before she left for the vacation on July 31.
'The last message I got from her was, "I love you, we'll talk and sort things out when I get back,"' Mr Forester said.
He described Giordano as a rival for Ms Gardner's affections and said he does not believe Giordano's account. 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 last May.
THE MYSTERY OF MISSING TEENAGE BEAUTY NATALEE HOLLOWAY
A long wait: Natalee Holloway's mother, Beth Twitty, launched a non-profit resource centre to assist families of missing persons last yearThe FBI is still looking for leads in the disappearance of the 18-year-old Natalee Holloway, who vanished on the island of Aruba while on a high school graduation holiday in 2005.
Twenty-three-year-old Dutchman Joran Van der Sloot has long been suspected in the case. He was the last person seen with her and was subsequently arrested.
Van der Sloot is now suspected of murdering a young woman in Peru, where he is in prison and awaiting trial.
He has several times confessed then recanted a role in the disappearance of Holloway, and has also been indicted by U.S. authorities for his alleged involvement in a plot to extort $250,000 from Holloway's family for information on her death and the location of her body.No charges have ever been filed in the Holloway case. And the Alabama teenager's body has never been found.
In April, the National Enquirer reported a Peruvian prison informant said van der Sloot had confessed to the crime while they were imprisoned in the country's notorious Miguel Castro Castro jail, and allegedly said he murdered Holloway because she refused to have sex with himSnitch: A prisoner at a Peruvian jail has reportedly been told by Joran van der Sloot (pictured here) that he buried the body of Miss Holloway in an Aruban cryptVan der Sloot, who is awaiting trial for the brutal murder of 21-year-old business student Stephany Flores, also allegedly used a laptop to email a friend the gruesome details of Holloway's murder.He is being held in Lima's Castro prison, where his lawyer said he gives English lessons to other inmates.The break in the case gives fresh hope to Natalee's mother, Beth Twitty, who has been desperate for information on the whereabouts of her daughter for six years.Ms Twitty launched the Natalee Holloway Resource Centre last year, a non-profit resource centre to assist families of missing persons.

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