Giordano and Gardner had cultivated a virtual friendship, and Gardner, recently laid off from her job, made plans to meet Giordano in Aruba on July 31 against her friends’ apprehensive warnings.
She described Giordano as her “gay friend” to her companions, but none of them ever met him, and it remains unclear whether Gardner herself met him face-to-face prior to their trip together.
Aruba police spokesman Taco Stein told The Daily Beast that Giordano was detained as “a person of interest” because he was the last person to see Gardner alive.
If the circumstances of Gardner’s disappearance sound eerily familiar, it’s because they are.
He has been arrested for petty theft on several occasions, and since Gardner’s questionable disappearance, several women who say they dated Giordano have come forward to describe him as a frightening man with a violent temper—one woman felt compelled to get a restraining order against him to protect herself.
Giordano denies wrongdoing in Gardner’s disappearance, and his attorney, Michael Lopez, told The Daily Beast that he expects his client to be released. That is exactly what happened in the Holloway case, says Natalee’s mother Beth, who has reached out to the Gardner family to show support.
He told authorities that the two had gone snorkeling at around 6 p.m.
on August 2, but when the water started to get rough he tapped her leg and motioned that they should swim back to shore.He said that when he arrived on land, Gardner was nowhere to be found. No witnesses have come forward to corroborate this version of events, though several people say they saw the couple together on the beach earlier that day.On August 6, Giordano was detained while trying to fly from Aruba to the United States after prosecutors told him he should stay on the island. And if no body is found, he could easily be set free.Authorities say that a body would have washed up on shore by now, and they’ve dredged, searched, and dived the entire area.But already, evidence is beginning to point to what appears to be an avoidable tragedy.Previous Threads: Thread #1 Thread #2 Thread #3 Thread #4 Time Line approximate; updated 9-11 @ pm PST July 2011 - Robyn sends GG a text "Get me out of here." Per a report.