|By Dan Morse ( Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 08/09/2011 )|
A Frederick County woman is missing in Aruba, and police there have detained an American for questioning in the case, according to Aruba authorities and a missing persons organization.
Robyn Gardner (Courtesy of Richard Forester) Robyn Gardner, 35, was last seen a week ago, Aug. 2, at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino in Oranjestad, Aruba, according to the Natalee Holloway Resource Center, an organization that grew out of the Holloway case, also in Aruba. On Friday, four days after Gardner was reported missing, authorities there detained another tourist at the airport, said Ann Angela, a spokesperson for the Aruba’s public prosecutor’s office.
“We arrested him at the airport. He was on his way back to the U.S.,” Angela said.
She said policy allowed her to only identify him by his initials: G.V.G.
She called the American a “suspect” in the case, but stressed how that covers a wide range of possibilities – from untimely reporting of Gardner’s disappearance to something more serious. “It’s too soon for us to be more specific,” Angela said.
The Aruba Herald has identified the man, and reported that he told authorities that he and Gardner had been our snorkeling. He said he swam to shore and then realized that she was not with him, the Herald reported.
Angela said Gardner arrived on the island with the man on July 31, and was last seen Aug. 2 in the area of “Baby Beach” on the southwestern tip of the island.
The man reported Gardner missing, Angela said. “He was the one who rang the alarm bell,” Angela said. She declined to elaborate on what he told authorities.
Richard Forester, who said he is the missing woman’s boyfriend, said he learned that Gardner went to Aruba with the man. Forester said the man recently lived in the Gaithersburg area. Michael Lopez, a lawyer in Aruba who the Herald said was representing the man, could not be reached.
Angela, the prosecutor’s office spokesman, said that on Sunday the suspect and Aruba police went to a beach where the man said Gardner was last seen. In recent days, a local judge ordered him held for an additional eight days while the probe continues, she said.
Frederick woman missing in Aruba
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