Aruba postponed until early next week a search for the remains of missing American tourist Robyn Gardner.
Authorities need more time to prepare for the large-scale operation on the Dutch Caribbean island, Solicitor General Taco Stein said. It had been expected by the end of this week.
Authorities plan to search near the area where Gardner was reported missing by her travel companion, Maryland businessman Gary Giordano.
The delay comes as investigators still try to piece together evidence against Giordano, who has been detained as a suspect in Gardner's presumed death.
Authorities have taken a DNA sample from Giordano and will use it to test any evidence they may uncover later in the case, Stein said.