US woman missing in Aruba and travel partner held

By the Associated Press | August 9, 2011 | 7:45 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The lawyer for a U.S. man detained in Aruba is denying he had anything to do with the disappearance of a woman who was vactioning with him on the Caribbean island.

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

Lopez says 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.

The statement says Giordano "emphatically denies" any wrongdoing. It says he 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.

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ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) — The prosecutor's office in Aruba says a U.S. woman has gone missing on the Caribbean island and the American man she was traveling with has been detained while police investigate.

Spokeswoman Ann Angela says 35-year-old Robyn Gardner of Frederick, Maryland, was reported missing by her travel partner after the two went snorkeling off the western tip of the island. Authorities searched the water and coastline of the island, but she is still listed as missing.

Police detained 50-year-old Gary V. Giordano as he attempted to leave Aruba on Friday. Angela said Monday that he is being investigated on suspicion of involvement in her disappearance. Giordano's lawyer did not return phone calls seeking comment.