Reporting Meghan McCorkell
GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WJZ) — He’s the key suspect in the disappearance of a Maryland woman in Aruba but now Gary Giordano is a free man. A judge released him hours ago.
Meghan McCorkell has the latest developments.
Gary Giordano spent more than 100 days behind bars but police couldn’t find the evidence to keep him there. Now he could be back in Maryland by Wednesday.
For the first time in four months, Gary Giordano walks free. He was the last to see Robyn Gardner, 35, of Frederick alive. He claims she was swept out to sea while snorkeling in Aruba, but investigators say that story is a lie.
Hours before he walked out of jail, Gardner’s family released a statement. “Our family is very disappointed that after all this time, we are no closer to finding out what happened to our Robyn. We trust that the FBI and Aruban authorities will continue their efforts to investigate her disappearance.”
Suspicions swirled around Giordano after it was discovered he’d taken out a $1.5 million travel insurance policy on Gardner the day before they left for Aruba.
“I don’t know what happened. I don’t think anyone but Gary Giordano knows what happened,” said Gardner’s boyfriend Richard Forester.
Gardner’s boyfriend spoke with WJZ earlier this month. He’s convinced Giordano is the only one with answers.
“I hope every day is a day in hell for him and brings him closer to breaking and saying what happened,” he said.
Giordano is expected to leave Aruba Wednesday. He could return to his Gaithersburg home…although it may not be welcoming. The house was recently raided by the FBI and WJZ has learned two neighbors filed restraining orders against Giordano this week. A judge denied those requests.
Prosecutors in Aruba have appealed Giordano’s release. However, a three-judge panel won’t meet to rule on that appeal until Wednesday. If the panel does rule in favor of the prosecutors, Giordano could be extradited back to Aruba.
He has not been formally charged with anything and has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.