September 19th, 2011
02:59 PM ET

Aruban authorities to re-enact American's woman's last known steps

Aruban officials plan to spend Monday afternoon tracing the last steps of an American woman last seen six weeks ago in the Caribbean nation, an official with the national prosecutor's office said.

Prosecutors had been waiting to stage the event when weather conditions were similar to those on August 2, when Maryland resident Robyn Gardner disappeared, said Ann Angela of the prosecutor's office.

Gary Giordano, the man Gardner came to Aruba with, is in custody and has been the only person identified by authorities as a suspect in the case.

Re-enactments are common in the Dutch legal system, like the one done while authorities probed the disappearance six years ago of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, Angela said. Aruba is an independent entity within the Netherlands government.

The missing woman and Giordano, a 50-year-old from Gaithersburg, Maryland, arrived on the island on July 31 from the United States, prosecutors say.

Prosecutors say Giordano told authorities he was snorkeling with Gardner, 35, on Baby Beach on Aruba's western tip and signaled to her to swim back. According to a transcript of a police interview, obtained by CNN, he said he feared for his life when he signaled to Gardner and didn't look for her as he swam for shore. When he reached the beach, Gardner was nowhere to be found, Giordano said, according to authorities. Search efforts for the missing woman are ongoing.

Earlier this month, a three-judge Aruban panel denied Giordano's appeal of a ruling keeping him behind bars for another 60 days as the investigation continues.

- CNN's Martin Savidge contributed to this report.

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  1. RUFFNUTT ( Somalian pirate & fisherman & kcmo resident )

    what? are they going to drown the reenacter? ...

    September 19, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. james

    The missing lady had tattoos. Plus she ran off on vacation with someone she had just met over the internet. She hardly knew this guy. I wonder how she was servicing him in order for him to pay for this free vacation? Anyone ever heard the word floooozie? Or maybe dim bulb bimbo?

    September 19, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mary

    I agree with you 100 percent James. As breast size goes up, IQ uaually goes down.

    September 19, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mary

    usually ; ) lol guess i wish mine were larger too.

    September 19, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ManEagle

    Why was this guy fearing for his life?

    September 19, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. law dawg

    This reminds me of the Natalie Holloway case. So called good girl reportedly gets drunk then sneaks off with 3 boys to do who knows what. Three boys ? Sounds more like a p@rn star than a good girl.

    September 19, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. nancy

    @ManEagle. Maybe the guy was worried about the STDs he may catch from this possible bimbo. There are some pretty bad ones out there I hear. Did you notice her tattoos. GROSS.

    September 19, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DONALD J

    Although most reports indicate she may have been a person with extremely low morals, no one deserves to disappear. I wonder if it is possible she met up with another young stuuud she found more pleasing? Possibly one with a few more dollars in his pocket than the alleged suspect?

    September 19, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jose'

    Looks like she would float with the size of those fake zoomers.

    September 19, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LAQUECIA

    bleach blonde hair. fake booobs. tattoos. wearing micro bikini in public restaurant. going on vacation with dude she just met over the internet. this was one smart and classy lady.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mayhem

    Whatever the lady's' morals, boob size, or IQ, she doesn't deserved to be murdered.
    You people are the low-class bunch.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. arbraham

    I like big thingies myself. Hope she will turn up ok.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tim

    I just looked her up on the internet. Not too bad for a 35 year old. Im not a fan of the tattoes but she looks ok for an older lady.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Grandma Moses

    @tim: 35 is OLD? I guess for a 12 year-old, it might seem that way....

    September 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. cheryl

    Giordano took out an insurance policy on Robyn. Is he going to give that money to the grieving family?

    September 19, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
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