No One Saw Woman Missing in Aruba Go Snorkeling

Gary Giordano, man being held, is 'scary,' say ex-girlfriends, wife
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2011 11:30 AM CDT
This undated handout photo, released by the Natalee Holloway Resource Center on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, shows Robyn Gardner, 35, of Frederick, Maryland.   (AP Photo/Natalee Holloway Resource Center)
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(Newser) – Robyn Gardner, the 35-year-old woman who went missing in Aruba last week, has tattoos covering her shoulder and one over her ribcage that translates to, "If I can't move the earth then I'll raise hell." But Gardner was actually a quiet, trusting woman who enjoyed taking care of her boyfriend's cats and watching TV, her friends and family say. The AP talked to a friend, an on-again-off-again boyfriend, and Gardner's brother, none of whom believe she would have gone snorkeling, which is what travel companion Gary Giordano says she was doing when she disappeared. ("She just wouldn't want to ruin her makeup or get her hair wet," explained her brother.)

Aruba authorities also have not yet found any witnesses who saw the pair go snorkeling. Giordano, who was detained after officials found inconsistencies in his story, has been accused of domestic abuse or threats by two women in his past. Last year, a former girlfriend accused him of stalking her, threatening her, taping their sexual relations, and putting pornographic pictures of her on the Internet and in neighbors' mailboxes. Ten years ago, his then-wife accused him of throwing phones, destroying a computer, and throwing their son down. Another former girlfriend tells the Washington Post he also stalked and harassed her.

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