Reporting Monique Griego
BALTIMORE (WJZ)– The prime suspect in the disappearance of a Maryland woman in Aruba will not be set free. A judge ordered Gary Giordano to remain in custody Wednesday.
Monique Griego has the latest on this case.
An Aruban judge decided on Wednesday to keep Giordano locked up for an additional 60 days. Investigators now hope this will give them enough time to link him to the disappearance of Robyn Gardner.
Almost a month after Gardner vanished in Aruba, the fate of Gary Giordano, the last man to see her alive, remains behind bars.
“What happened to her, who knows, but I definitely believe that he’s involved in it,” Tom Snyder, a close friend of Gardner’s for 10 years, said.
Snyder still works behind the bar at one of her favorite spots in Frederick.
“I want to know the truth, I want to know what happened. It’s apparent that she’s gone,” he said.
An Aruban judge has decided to keep Giordano locked up for an additional 60 days, while investigators build a case against him.
Giordano claims Gardner drifted away while snorkeling.
But police, witnesses and those who knew her, say his story doesn’t add up. Still, no formal charges have been filed against him.
“I hope the police have something they’re not telling anybody yet,” Snyder said.
Giordano’s father appeared on the NBC Today show Tuesday.
“The least I can do is stand up for my son and tell the world that what they’ve been hearing about him is not true. He’s not a monster,” he said.
Snyder says this area of Frederick is buzzing with news about the case. And even people who didn’t know Gardner are keeping a close eye on what happens in Aruba.
“Everybody talking about it. It’s all over the news,” Snyder said.
Search crews have scoured Aruba high and low looking for Gardner, but nothing’s turned up. Some fear she’ll never be found.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen but I just want to see a closure of some sort,” Snyder said. “I want to see somebody get charged with this.”
Investigators say Giordano took out a $1.5 million accidental death insurance policy on Robyn Gardner before she went missing.