Suspect in disappearance of Robyn Gardner to appear in court

Robyn Gardner

(CBS/AP) ORANJESTAD, Aruba - A judge in Aruba is deciding whether there's enough evidence to keep Maryland businessman Gary Giordano jailed as a suspect in the presumed death of his travel companion Robyn Gardner.

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Giordano, 50, has been jailed nearly a month sine the disappearance of Gardner in Aruba, while the two were on vacation.

Police and prosecutors on the Dutch Caribbean island need a judge's consent to keep holding him while they continue their investigation.

Wednesday's hearing at the prison is closed to the public and news media. Solicitor General Taco Stein says prosecutors believe they have enough evidence to get another 60 days of detention. If the judge rules otherwise, prosecutors are expected to appeal.

Giordano has told investigators that the 35-year-old Gardner disappeared while snorkeling on Aug. 2. Though several witnesses have disputed Giordano's snorkeling defense.

Last week, the Office of the Public Prosecutor of Aruba released the last known images of Robyn Gardner. The two pictures of Gardner's back were taken as she left the restaurant on the afternoon she went missing.

It was also previously revealed that Giordano had tried to redeem a $1.5 million insurance policy on Gardner shortly after she disappeared. The accidental-death policy was purchased shortly before traveling to Aruba. The policy only covered the trip to Aruba.

Anyone who saw Giordano or Gardner during their stay in Aruba is asked to contact the Aruban police or to call the tip-line 11141. A separate phone line for tips has been opened in the United States. The number is 297-582-0695.

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