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. sircharles19

    How many more women that are missing with no official rules to prosecute those responsible. It is dangerous to go on vactaion or even visit Aruba. No matter what, just don't go to Aruba!

    November 25, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Regardless Toady

      Yes, you don't go to Aruba, go to AL instead. You know how many persons will killed (deathrow) by your justice system while they were innocent? And many still are in jail? The Dutch system protects the citizen. If you want to convict a person you must have hard evidence. Just because on TV it looks like the American guy might have killed the girl, does not mean that happened. Dutch system does not release information about an investigation, many of what you have read on American tabloid or American TV is not true, simple as that. And because on tourist DISAPPEARED (as catagorized by the FBI) and one dissappered FIVE years later, there is no reason what so ever to say that tourists are in danger in Aruba. If you do not want to go there, fine, That's your decision, but do not base it on your ignorant view of the world.

      November 25, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. iduna

    Its the place to kill women and get away with it. No family who cares about their children should ever allow their girls to go to this island. Boycott Aruba until their government can pull their heads out of their butts and protect vacationers going there.

    November 25, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • tcg0926

      iduna...if you want to go to a place to be kidnapped and murdered you should go to LA, NYC, Detroit or DC...there are more cases in those cities in 10 minutes EVERYDAY than there have been in Aruba in 20 you boycott those places, too?

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

      Hey let's not forget America's No. 1 kidnapping capital: El Paso Texas.

      November 25, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leo B.

      Instead of saying something ignorant like boycott, Aruba. Tell fellow Americans to stop killing people on the island. This case has an American perp., an American victim that commits a crime on their island , yet it's Aruba's fault.

      November 25, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Penny252

      yeah right genius...I'd pick Detroit to go on a vacation.

      November 25, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pirate

    I've been to Aruba three times and have always felt safe there. Like anywhere else it pays to be careful with whom you become involved with. It is foolish to hook up with total strangers especially away from home. Those women made bad decisions and paid for it with their lives. Giordano will walk because the Aruban authorities don't have any concrete evidence. He is clever and dangerous so be care ladies if you cross his path. He will eventually face justice.

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

      I'd like to see Giordano move in next door to one of his apologists when he gets back.

      November 25, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rhonda

    Another lesson from these two prominent cases in Aruba, to women travelling there. Don't go anywhere alone with someone you have just met!! No matter how good looking, well educated, polite, well mannered, etc. you may think they are! The bad guys don't always look like bad guys. Be safe and smart when you travel. I'm not saying it was the girls' fault in these cases and others, but that's a common thread in these cases and it continues to happen over and over again.

    November 25, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • tcg0926

      rhonda...that sounds like good advice for ANYONE traveling to any city in the world, not just Aruba...there are millions of tourists that travel there every years and nothing has happened to can't say the same about LA, NYC, Detroit, DC, etc... can you?

      November 25, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. FlyontheWall

    I just got me a fat new Life Insurance on my sweety......Guess were we are going on our next vacation? The beautiful Island country of Aruba!! I'm WILL be the worlds next multi-millionarie. yay for Aruba. Where else on the planet can you kill a loved one than Aruba, and get away with it. Well there was the Whole O.J. thing in LA......ok so two places but still you know what I am saying.

    November 25, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ComSenseWiz

    Any woman who ever goes to Aruba is an idiot and the justice system there is a joke.

    November 25, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marshall Tucker

      Hmmm I guess any woman who stays living anywhere in the United States is an idiot, lots of woman go missing and are killed here every year. The American Justice system doesnt appear to be any better.

      November 25, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. lejaune

    Aruba, a killer's paradise.

    November 25, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marshall Tucker

      With the number of murders in the US, I think we actually are a murderers paradise.

      November 25, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I consider the possibility that he may be innocent.
    Since there is no proof that he did anything, in my opinion, he is not guilty.
    You can't keep him in jail on "may-have" speculation.

    November 25, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marshall Tucker

      You can here in the USA

      November 25, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. hughjurgan

    Women who run off with men they just met or met on the internet can get murdered regardless of the country that they are in. Natalie Holloway, a good girl according to her parents, wound up alone in a car with 3 guys she just met in a bar, making out in the backseat with one of them. Robyn Gardner went to Aruba with some guy she met on the internet. They both placed themselves in dangerous situations that they could not get out of. Women are way too trusting of others. I always assume that the other person is up to no good and then go from there, that way I get no surprises and I am always prepared for the worst.

    November 25, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Silly Children

    Aruba is no more dangerous than any other country.
    Sad how many six year olds posting here.

    November 25, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marshall Tucker

      Im 9 lady, get it right.

      November 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Regardless Toady

    The justice system works when there is evidence, in this case there is none. If this have occured in the USA, the American guy would have been free after the first 24 hours, simple as that. The Dutch system allows you to keep a person up to 110 days in jail while there is an investigation going on, but must go in front of a judge to confirm every single extension to the detention, every time, new evidence must be presented or the person will be let go till there is a trial or the person charged. Aruba is one of the safest destination in the world, check the fact not a narrowminded person that might not even have gone outside their trailerpark.

    November 25, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Missileman

    Hey, people, my wife and I have been going to Aruba for 25 years, and I can assure you there's no safer place than that island nation. Sure, if you're a female looking to hook up with a decrepit guy at 2 in the morning, you may get yourself in a lot of trouble. But, what happened to these two girls in Aruba the past 5 years happens nearly every night in New York or Chicago, so don't get overly excited by two killings in 5 years.

    November 25, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Penny252

      Right genius....murder is nothing to get excited about

      November 25, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
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    November 25, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. lynyrd skynyrd

    Men, women, and children are slaughtered in the US every minute every day. A couple of high profile murders in Aruba over a several year period is nothing compared to the murder rate in any city in the US. There are 50 unsolved murders right know in the area I'm in right now.

    November 25, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
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