November 25th, 2011
11:03 AM ET

Prosecutors can't hold man in missing-woman case, Aruban judge rules

A judge in Aruba has turned down prosecutors' request to hold American Gary Giordano for 30 more days while authorities continue to investigate the August disappearance of his traveling companion, Robyn Gardner, his attorney told CNN Friday.

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  1. Kevininvancouver

    As upset as everyone is – this is the right decision as there just isn't any evidence, that I've heard of, that suggests that what the guy said happened didn't. If he is smart he will keep a very low profile.

    November 25, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. SAX

    Fantastic journalism. It makes me proud to be an American.

    November 25, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Marci

      If you don't like the reporting done on a story, it somehow affects your pride in America..really?

      November 25, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • casinokid315er

      yeah stupid comment bro

      November 25, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ben Cooper

    An Aruban cop walks into a hardware store and tells the store manager he needs a saw to cut down a palm tree. The manager immediately shows him a chainsaw, telling the customer, 'It'll get the job done in just thirty minutes.' The cop smiles and replied, 'Great, mun!' and makes the purchase. An hour later, the cop returns to the store, chainsaw in hand, thoroughly disgusted, telling the manager 'Eh, mun, your saw is no good. Woulden cut a thing! It's a piece a junk, mun!' The manager, surprised by this claim, takes the chainsaw, inspects it all over, then yanks the cord, starting the motor. RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. As he looks at the customer, the Aruban cop says, 'Eh, mun...what's that noise?'

    November 25, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevininvancouver

      Not Bad!

      November 25, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. SixDegrees

    I think Nancy Grace needs to drum up a pitchfork-wielding mob to go after this guy in his hometown and either kill him or drive him to suicide. And Nancy needs to spend several consecutive weeks – maybe months – in Aruba, badgering everyone in sight and looking for new victims.

    November 25, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Penny252


      November 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. paul

    I have no reason to believe that either this woman or holloway are dead, they went with someone the never knew and paid the price , being abducted,

    November 25, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • mklsgl

      Haven't learned critical-thinking skills, have you? Anyone with a half of a functioning brain has little doubt that both of these women were murdered. Of course, what we think and what we can prove are two different things, which is the problem with both disappearances.

      November 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really Jersey

      You are the recipient of today's "Stupid Comment of the Day Award". Van der Sloot himself says Holoway is dead. His other South American victim was bludgeoned to death. She was last seen alive entering the murder scene with him on a surveillance camera. This other suspect was traveling with the missing person. He took out a huge life insurance policy on this woman just before the diving "mishap". Yet again, this suspect has confirmed the victim is dead, Are you one of those readers who must sound out the words or move their lips to read?

      November 25, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guapo

      Apparently then, "mklsgl", you do not have half of a functioning brain.

      November 25, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • uncdig

      Hey I think your village is missing you!

      November 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Penny252

      get a brain

      November 25, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Wisconsin

    This man did his homework. One thing I learned from the Holloway case is that the waters or current off one side of the island head outwards & towards Venezuela. They are shark infested and we all know that Chavez doesn’t care if bodies wash-up on their shore, especially American ones. Sadly Aruba, who lives off tourism, has become the go to destination in offing someone. I can only hope that this man gets his dues sometime in the near future.

    November 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • sundream

      Are you serious? The "go to destination for offing someone? Really? 3 girls disappear in a 20 year span on or near Aruba....that's it...THREE. How many girls disappear DAILY in the US...wake up dude.

      November 25, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevininvancouver

      Aruba does derive some of it's income from tourism, but not all of it. Also, Americans aren't the only people that vacation there. There are a lot more Dutch than American. Although l there may be a short term blimp in tourists, it won't be long lasting. Also, ask yourself this question, would you rather visit a place that locks up tourists when there is no credible evidence that they have done anything wrong? I believe the judge has made the right decision here. The man can always be rearrested should sufficient evidence be discovered that the Woman was murdered. We don't want to live in a world where people are judged guilty based on what we perceive, we need to follow the evidence and then make decision. In this case there just isn't any evidence that the Man killed her – not a shred of it.

      November 25, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Penny252

      right kevin...maybe Giordano is a magician......something tells me you've never been spotted at a MENSA meeting

      November 25, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobbyV

    The US boycotting Aruba will have no effect, US people is broke from your good Obama Pres. You should re-elect so you know third world status.
    Most tourists are from Europe, and south America, France, Netherlands, etc.

    November 25, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • rastaman44

      Bobby V: STFU, dude. Obama in 2012. Deal with it!!!

      November 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rastaloser

      Yes the US economy sucks, and we have a clueless President that does nothing but help Unions and Political Action committees, but we still have the most vacationing people so I think it will hurt Aruba eitherway. I dont think one or two missing (dead or otherwise) is worth not visiting a country, if we vaction based on death or disaperance 90% of the US would have no tourism. btw Rastablahblah, LOL with your candidate...

      November 25, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©


    November 25, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    So....where do you think they *are*, if not dead?

    November 25, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mcmasehere

    I will NEVER go to Aruba for anything. My kids have been told to say away from Aruba too. There seems to be no law there. They could not solve a crime there even if their own lives depended on it. They are all about protecting their own residents not about anything else. The island is full of criminals who sell women to slave traders in the surrounding islands. Van Der Sloot knows everything about this and could be a wealth of information but will not tell because he is up to his neck this this. He would be telling on himself you see...Van Der Sloot is a big fish in this.

    November 25, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • tcg0926

      They don't want jerks like you in Aruba...there is more unpunished crime in LA, NY and DC in 5 minutes than there's been in Aruba in the last 20 don't go running yer mouth about things that you nothing about

      November 25, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mariann Pepitone

      I agree. What person in their right mind would visit a country like Aruba. There was a big coverup on the Holloway case even though they were well aware of the fact that Van Der Sloot killed Holloway or because she was nearly drunk he sold her like it was stated months back about the other three girls he dated that are still missing. He got away with anything he wanted to do with the girls because his father was a judge. But now he will be sentenced for a long time.

      November 25, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BOMBO

    Don't be hating Aruba. This happens in EVERY country that tries to be fair in its justice system. Sometimes the prime suspect just gets off. I'm sure we can all come up with plenty of American, Canadian, British, French, examples without really tring hard.

    November 25, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guapo

      OJ, Casey Anthony... etc.

      November 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevininvancouver

      Someone with some sense.

      November 25, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mcmasehere

    Okay BOMBo ,,,Atleast the countries you stated have laws and follow them without making them up as they go along. Unlike Aruba. Aruba has NEVER been fair...oh accept for their own people. You give me one case where the law there has ever convicted one of their own for more than a petty crime and served more than 5 years. Aruba is corrupt, everyone knows that. My statement stands...every resident in Aruba is just like you....full of excuses.

    November 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Roadsniper

    Vandersloot is an idiot now he sits in prison with rich parents paying his safety so nobody pap smeares his back side

    November 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • TOJim

      Maybe one rich parent? In Feb 2010 Joran Vandersloot's father, Paulus Vandersloot (the former Arubian judge), died and was reported by the news services.

      Read more:,2933,585581,00.html#ixzz1ejzTDMzh

      November 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Caroline

    It is quite obvious that if you want to avoid being prosecuted for murder, kidnapping or involvement in the destruction of another person's life you just make that person vanish in Aruba. They will go through the motions of investigating but nothing is going to come of it. In the United States is is very common to get be able to press charges and get convictions in cases with missing bodies. I can now see a flood of men and women who want to make their SO vanish for the insurance money heading to Aruba. Their justice system has seems to be quite ineffective when it comes to handling cases of missing women.

    November 25, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • tcg0926 are just another stupid idiot that knows nothing about Aruba...they've had 2 cases...what about the hundreds of people who go missing EVERYDAY in the US that are never found and the criminals never prosecuted...this is just the media blowing everything out of proportion because some foolish teenage girl got in a car with men she didn't know...where the heck were the chaperones when this happened...they are the people who really should be blamed not the Aruban people or government

      November 25, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dennis Farina

    "You have anything to declare?"

    "Yeah....don't go to Aruba!"

    November 25, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
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