BALTIMORE (WJZ)– A Maryland woman vanishes in Aruba and now the FBI gets involved. Authorities say the key suspect isn’t cooperating.

Mike Hellgren has more on the intensifying search for Robyn Gardner.

Gary Giordano helped Aruban authorities search the beach for his friend Robyn Gardner in the hours after she disappeared. Police say he remains detained as the only suspect in the case.

Gardner– who is from Frederick– met him online and vanished while the two were on vacation. WJZ has confirmed the FBI in Baltimore is involved in the investigation.

Giordano has a troubled past, including protective orders two women filed against him.

A former neighbor–who asked us to conceal her identity–says his behavior with his kids concerned her.

“He was very loud and he seemed to be yelling at them all the time,” Giordano’s neighbor said. “My son would be frightened.”

Aruban authorities say they still have questions about Giordano’s account of events– that he went snorkeling with Gardner in an area known as Baby Beach for its calm waters– and she never made it back to shore.

“A good question to me is, ‘Did they rent the snorkel equipment, the fins or the flippers and the snorkel?'” asked criminologist Casey Jordan. “Perhaps there is a record that they could look into, to determine whether this couple went snorkeling at all.”

Giordano’s lawyer says his client denies any wrongdoing.

His house is deserted, but there is a sign on it warning visitors they are under constant video and audio surveillance.

According to published reports, Giordano was accused of secretly videotaping sexual encounters with a woman and threatening her. He was never charged in that case.

“He just seemed to be someone you didn’t want to know,” Giordano’s neighbor said.

In their first public statement, Gardner’s family says they’re keeping faith she’ll be found alive.

“I hope you understand that we are being quiet as to not jeopardize the investigation. Please continue to pray for Robyn.”

According to the Associated Press, investigators in Aruba believe that if Robyn Gardner would have drowned, her body would have surfaced by now.

Aruban authorities have sent Gardner’s blackberry to the Netherlands as part of the investigation.

Comments (21)
  1. Cathy says:

    I feel really bad for the family,but why woyld someone with a boyfriend pick up someone she does not know to go to another country,I hope this case is faster than the other case with natalee holloway

    1. hugh says:

      if you read the article, it states that she knew him for more than a year.

  2. oneway says:

    “Giordano has an extensive court history, including theft, a divorce and allegations of domestic violence.” C’mon CBS, that’s really not extensive.

    1. says:

      Oh Really

    2. shelby says:

      That’s not extensive to you? I hate to think what an extensive court history looks like to you,.

  3. Can't Fix Stupid says:

    I feel bad for this woman’s family, although she seems a little shallow. Won’t do something because she doesn’t want to mess up her hair and make-up? PLEASE!

    I think there is some kind of human trafficing going on in Aruba, that’s why no bodies are being found on an island. Only so many places a body could be.

  4. adraine says:

    very sad for the lady

    1. TALK ABOUT IT says:


      1. whatnow says:

        what is your point

  5. whatnow says:

    On the news, the best friend called her loyal. I don’t think it is very loyal to have a boyfriend and lie to him and say you are going to an island with your family when you are really going with his replacement.

  6. JackDaniels says:


    1. DJ says:

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  7. johnsonj3 says:

    I hope she will be found soon so her family can have peace.

  8. ronny says:

    hopefully she is not in the sex trade now. thats where natalie is

  9. marian says:

    you want to read about the so called “friend”? go on
    very interesting, she will never be found

  10. Gayle Johnson says:

    I too feel bad for her family but why in the world would you travel somwhere with someone you did not know. Sorry, but this girl is not real smart. This Giodano has (had) abuse charges agaist him. This girl may never be seen or heard from again.

  11. Iluvyaserj Sipes says:

    real fine upstanding woman , goes on vacation with some man she met on the net leaves her boyfriend behind

  12. Iluvyaserj Sipes says:

    I recall another case similar to this one the couple went snorkeling and only one of them returned this lady was a little too loose sad for her family no parent should lose a child but this wild thing was bound to end up like this no pity for her but sorry for her family

  13. Maxwell C. Cohen, Esq. says:

    This is what an extensive court record looks like (SOURCE: Maryland Judiciary Web site

    Maryland Judiciary Case Search Results
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    Last Name: GIORDANO | First Name: GARY
    16 items found, displaying all items.1 Note: Initial Sort is by Last Name. Sorting by other columns is available by clicking on the desired column header. Secondary sort is always Case Number. (0.045 seconds) Case Number Name Date of Birth Party Type Court Case Type Case Status Filing Date Case Caption
    0601SP006552010 Giordano, Gary 05/1961 Defendant Rockville District Court Peace Order CLOSE 02/04/2010
    1U00006049 Giordano, Gary Vincent 05/1961 Defendant Frederick County District Court CR APPEAL 03/11/1996
    21284FL Giordano, Gary Defendant Montgomery County Circuit Court DOMESTIC CLOSED 12/10/2001
    2D00055946 Giordano, Gary Vincent 05/1961 Defendant Rockville District Court CR Closed 10/12/1997
    2Y00020778 Giordano, Gary Frank 12/1969 Defendant Annapolis District Court NR Closed 06/21/2002
    5U00033843 Giordano, Gary Vincent 05/1962 Defendant Frederick County District Court CR Closed 06/06/2003
    6D00130220 Giordano, Gary Vincent 05/1961 Defendant Rockville District Court CR Closed 04/29/2003

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    Where is Bernette Woods

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