Aruban authorities search for missing woman

Robyn Gardner has been missing since August 2, when she disappeared during a snorkeling trip.

Story highlights

  • The search dogs and handlers are from the Netherlands
  • Aruban authorities use dogs to search for missing woman, Robyn Gardner
  • Police continue to hold suspect Gary Giordano in connection with the case
  • Giordano said the couple went snorkeling and Gardner didn't return
Aruban authorities used search dogs Wednesday to comb the area near where a Maryland woman went missing in August, officials in the prosecutor's office said.
The search in the Seroe Colorado area was originally reported to have begun Tuesday, but the six dogs involved were being acclimated to the terrain then and the official search is scheduled for Wednesday through Friday, officials said.
Investigators chose the area near Baby Beach based on information gathered after a reenactment of the events leading up to Robyn Gardner's disappearance on August 2.
The re-enactment gave investigators reason to believe that Gary Giordano, the man Gardner went to Aruba with, was not telling the truth about how Gardner disappeared, said Solicitor General Taco Stein. He didn't elaborate.
Gardner, 50, is the only suspect in the woman's disappearance. The Gaithersburg, Maryland, resident has been in custody since August 5 as the investigation continues.
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, 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.
When he reached the beach, Gardner was nowhere to be found, Giordano said, according to authorities.
Authorities held the re-enactment September 19, after waiting for weather conditions similar to those the day Gardner disappeared.
The search dogs and handlers being used in the effort are from the Netherlands, authorities said. The search begins early in the morning. The teams take a break from the midday heat and then go back out for a few hours in the afternoon.
Police have 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. Authorities have not said who is the beneficiary on Gardner's policy.