Maryland man still main suspect in woman’s Aruba disappearance

Aruba police say the sole suspect in the disappearance of a Maryland woman in Aruba remains her 50-year-old on-again off-again boyfriend, Gary Giordano. Robyn Gardner traveled to Aruba with Giordano from Maryland on July 31. The 35-year-old has now been missing for two weeks and police are investigating her disappearance as a possible homicide.

Police are focusing on Giordano in part because he has a history of domestic violence allegations being made against him by various girlfriends and his ex-wife. These allegations include behaviors like stalking and sending aggressive and angry text messages. ABC News is reporting that police are saying that Giordano took a $1.5 million accidental death policy out on Gardner before the trip. This is just one of the odd and suspicious circumstances in the case.

The policy appeared suspicious to police, partly because it was a one-year policy that is more expensive rather than a five-year policy, which is cheaper and more commonly purchased. Police say that there have also been inconsistencies in Giordano’s story around the timeline for Gardner’s disappearance and other factors.

Giordano has also apparently acted erratically. He told people searching for Gardner that he had to go back to the hotel to sleep during the initial search. Giordano also almost left the country for the U.S. three days after the search started, but was arrested before he boarded a flight. According to ABC News, he told customs agents that he had to change his flight due to weather and that his travel companion was on another flight.

Source: ABC News, “Missing in Aruba: Suspect Took Out $1.5 Million Insurance Policy,” Matt Gutman, Alexa Miranda and Richard Esposito, Aug. 17, 2011