The roommate of a Frederick, Md., woman who disappeared in Aruba last week says she was going through a tough period in her life when she went on vacation.
Robyn Gardner, 35, had recently lost her job and was in a rocky relationship with her on-and-off boyfriend, said Christina Jones. That’s why Gardner went on vacation with another man, 50-year-old Gary Giordano, who Aruban authorities consider a suspect in the disappearance.
“She sat in this chair, I did her hair, she said she was going to Aruba,” Jones said. “I asked her with who, and she said Gary, and I wasn’t very excited about it.”
Jones said Gardner was supposed to go away with Giordano on a cruise about two months ago but changed her mind at the last minute.
“I’ll just say that the way that he dealt with it was not kind-hearted or understanding,” Jones said.
Giordano said he went snorkeling with Gardner and when the current started to pull them out to sea, he suggested they go back to shore, but she didn’t make it. He called police to report her missing, but police said his response to the incident raised their suspicions about him.
“The last day of his stay in Aruba, he specifically asked a justice if they needed for him to stay a little bit longer,” said his lawyer, Michael Lopez. “They did not answer it, and on his way to the airport, or at the airport, they detained him as a suspect for murder.”
Giordano has had legal trouble before. In 2003, Giordano was arrested for shoplifting armloads of electronics from discount stores and getting away in a silver Mercedes-Benz station wagon. There is also a trail of protective orders filed by women Giordano dated. They accuse him of stalking, death threats, and violently slapping and choking one woman. One wrote in her 2010 petition, "He told me the world would be better off without me and he could help."
“Of course it concerns me,” Jones said. “But I wasn’t in Aruba, so I don’t know what happened.”
Gardner's boyfriend told News4 Aruban authorities called off the water search for her, but the FBI will continue it.