Aruban authorities to re-enact American woman's disappearance

Story highlights

  • The re-enactment will be Monday or Tuesday, a prosecutors office official says
  • It is being done as authorities probe the disappearance of Robyn Gardner, 35
  • The lone suspect says she disappeared while snorkeling off Aruba's western tip
Aruban law enforcement are planning to re-enact the disappearance of an American woman last seen six weeks ago in the Caribbean nation, an official with the national prosecutors office said Friday.
The re-enactment will occur early next week, likely Monday or Tuesday, according to Ann Angela of the Aruban prosecutors office.
Prosecutors have been waiting to stage such an event when weather conditions are similar to those on August 2, when Maryland resident Robyn Gardner went missing.
The man that she came to Aruba with, Gary Giordano, is in custody and has been the only person identified by authorities as a suspect in the case.
Re-enactments are common in the Dutch legal system, like the one done while authorities probed the disappearance six years ago of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, said Angela. Aruba is an independent entity within the Netherlands government.
The missing woman and Giordano, a 50-year-old from Gaithersburg, Maryland, arrived on the island July 31 from the United States, prosecutors say.
Prosecutors say Giordano told authorities he was snorkeling with Gardner, 35, on Baby Beach on Aruba's western tip and signaled to her to swim back. According to a transcript of a police interview, obtained by CNN, he said he feared for his life when he signaled to Gardner and didn't look for her as he swam for shore.
When he reached the beach, Gardner was nowhere to be found, Giordano said, according to authorities.
Search efforts for the missing woman are ongoing.
Earlier this month, a three-judge Aruban panel denied Giordano's appeal of a ruling keeping him behind bars for another 60 days as the investigation continues.