August 15th, 2011
10:21 AM ET

Official: Clothing found does not belong to missing American woman

Clothing found during a search of Aruba's phosphate mines does not belong to a missing American woman, Aruba's solicitor general said Monday.

The clothing was discovered Friday when crews were searching for Robyn Gardner, 35, who has been missing since August 2.

A U.S. man being held in connection with the case is set to appear in court Monday, said Aruban Solicitor General Taco Stein.

A judge could order Gary Giordano, 50, held for at least eight more days, order him to remain on the island or release him due to a lack of evidence, according to Stein.

Giordano was arrested by Aruban police on August 5, three days after Gardner was last seen near Baby Beach on the western tip of the Caribbean island.

Giordano's attorney urged authorities on Sunday to release his client.

"Today, nine days later, four voluntary interviews, two site visits, and more than 30 statements coming from different sources including witnesses and professionals, we can not deduce that there is hard proof to sustain a demand by the public prosecutor against our client," Giordano's attorney, Michael Lopez, said in a written statement.

"In anticipation of any possible reason of prolongation of the client's detention, we can state that no felony has been committed by him," Lopez said. "The Department of Justice at this time does not have any basis to request prolongation of his detention."

According to Aruban prosecutors, the missing woman and the suspect arrived on the island July 31 from the United States.

Lopez said last week that his client came to Aruba on vacation with a female friend he had met on a dating site and has known for years.

Giordano told authorities that he had been snorkeling with Gardner, when he signaled to her to swim back, according to a statement from the prosecutor's office. When he reached the beach, Gardner was nowhere to be found, he allegedly said.

Stein said Monday that Aruban authorities are holding Gardner's passport so it is not possible that she has left the country.

Lopez denied statements by prosecutors that his client is no longer cooperating with authorities in the investigation.

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  1. RUFFNUTT

    SHARK'S got her... maybe this can be a plot for a new movie "soul snorkeler"

    August 15, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. Pedro

    I wonder if the clothes belong to the aruba girl. The one from alabamer that went missing 2 or 3 years ago.

    August 15, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. bbk

    Who id the clothing? Unless it belonged to a child or a 500 pound woman; how would anyone on that island know whether or not it was her clothing?

    August 15, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rachy007

    I wonder if they will check this guy out to see if maybe he was in Aruba around the same time as Natalee Halloway? Perhaps he and Joran Van Der Sloot are BFFs

    August 15, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. drap

    Taco Stein... .?

    August 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. fernace

    Maybe Aruba is the go to place for homicidal maniacs trying to get a "fix"! They couldn't pin anything on VanDerSloot, even though there were alot of cues including his inconsistant statements! He had to go to Panama be served a plateful of justice! Something to think about!!

    August 15, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fernace

    Sorry, I meant "clues"!

    August 15, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |