Dogs search for U.S. woman Robyn Gardner, missing in Aruba

The local newspaper the Aruba Herald reported Monday afternoon that Gardner disappeared on a snorkeling trip. The Herald reports that her snorkeling companion, Gary Giordano, is now a suspect in Gardner's disappearance. According to the paper's sources, Giordano said he and Gardner "swam out until they could not stand anymore" and then he decided to swim back. When he arrived at the shore, he noticed that Gardner was not there and he called authorities. Giordano was arrested on Friday. Anyone with information leading to or about Robyn's location, please contact the Aruban authorities at 011-297-597-5201.
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(CBS/AP) ORANJESTAD, Aruba - A team of cadaver dogs searched through cactus and scrub brush Tuesday for the remains of Robyn Gardner, a Maryland woman who was reported missing by traveling companion Gary Giordano during a trip to Aruba.

The dogs and their handlers, from a private foundation in the Netherlands that regularly assists police, worked for several hours before ending their efforts for the day without any apparent success. Solicitor General Taco Stein said they would be in the Dutch Caribbean Island through the end of the week.

They planned to focus their search in a southeastern section of the island known as Seroe Colorado, not far from where 35-year-old Robyn Gardner of Frederick, Md., was reported missing on Aug. 2 by Giordano.

Giordano has been jailed since shortly after reporting her missing because authorities doubted his account of how she disappeared. He has denied wrongdoing and said Gardner was swept out to sea while they were snorkeling off the southern tip of the island.

A judge ordered Giordano, a businessman from Gaithersburg, Md., detained on Aug. 31 for 60 days while investigators seek evidence to charge him with her presumed death.

Stein said that prosecutors will ask the judge to extend the detention order when it expires at the end of October.

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