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Suspect in Gardner case was beneficiary of $1.5 million death policy

From Martin Savidge, CNN
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Gardner photo hours before disappearance
  • Gary Giordano is the beneficiary of a $1.5 million accidental death policy tied to Robyn Gardner, authorities say
  • Giordano is currently being held in Aruba in connection with Gardner's disappearance

(CNN) -- A man who went snorkeling with missing U.S. woman Robyn Gardner in Aruba shortly before she vanished is the beneficiary of a $1.5 million accidental death insurance policy tied to Gardner, a local official told CNN Wednesday.

Gary Giordano, 50, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, has told investigators that he went snorkeling with the Gardner, 35, on August 2 and that she failed to return to shore with him.

Giordano and Gardner flew to Aruba on July 31. A local judge recently ordered that Giordano could be held until August 31 in connection with Gardner's disappearance.