A Maryland woman has vanished in Aruba after taking a snorkeling trip with a friend, MyFoxDC reports.
The disappearance of Robyn Gardner, 35, last week comes six years after Alabama teen Natalee Holloway vanished from the same resort town.
Police are questioning the man Gardner was with on the island, Gary Giordano of Frederick, Md., who reportedly told investigators the pair took a snorkeling trip on Aug. 2 – and that Gardner never returned to shore.
Giordano was detained as he tried to leave the island and has reportedly changed details of his story several times.
Gardner’s boyfriend of two years, Richard Forester, has pleaded for help from the public in locating his girlfriend and says he is skeptical about Giordano’s story, according to MyFoxDC.
“I want to let people know this is going on,” Forester told the station. “She’s been missing six days, and every day she’s gone raises fear that she won’t be coming back.”
Gardner, described as 5′,5″ and 120 lbs., was last seen on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino in Oranjestad, Aruba, according to the Natalee Holloway Resource Center.
Anyone with information on Gardner’s location can contact Fred Panneflek with the Aruban authorities at 011-297-597-5201.
Similar to Holloway Case
The case has similarities to that involving Holloway, who disappeared without a trace in 2005 while she was on a school trip with her graduating class. Holloway was last seen leaving an Oranjestad bar called Carlos ‘n Charlie’s in the company of a Dutch boy, Joran van der Sloot, now 24, who is currently in jail in Peru awaiting his fate in connection with the brutal murder of Stephany Flores, a 21-year-old business student.
He is expected to plead guilty to that murder – which occurred on May 30, 2010, exactly five years to the date of Natalee’s disappearance.