Oranjestad, Aruba – Just shortly before her mysterious disappearance, a surveillance video caught images of missing woman Robyn Gardner leaving an Aruban restaurant with her travel companion Gary Giordano.
Giordano, 50, called police on Aug. 2 at about 6:30 p.m. to report that Robyn, 35, had vanished while the two were snorkeling off the western coast of Aruba in a location called Baby Beach. He alleged that she was pulled away by the ocean current and he was unable to reach her. He was arrested at the airport after trying to leave the island nation.
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A witness has contradicted Giordano’s story, telling authorities that he never saw the two enter the water and watched Robyn and Giordano leave the beach.
In one portion of the surveillance footage, Robyn is seen with Giordano – who is being held by Aruban authorities in connection to her vanishing – as the couple arrive at a restaurant at about 3:00 p.m.
Robyn is wearing a long sun dress, black sunglasses and is carrying a black purse, while Giordano is walking in front of her wearing a black short-sleeved shirt and khaki shorts. People.com reports that the blue plastic cup each is seen carrying contains vodka and orange juice, according to witnesses.
Shortly after they arrive, Robyn heads to the bathroom.
At almost 4:00 p.m., according to People, Giordano heads to their rental car and refills his drink and then reenters the restaurant. Robyn can be seen heading to ladies room a second time, and the couple ultimately leaves the establishment at about 4:13 p.m.
About two hours later, Giordano appears on the video without his shirt – only wearing a swim suit and sneakers. He is knocking on the restaurant’s doors looking for help, People notes.
To see the last known photos of Robyn Gardner, along with a photo of the rental car she and Giordano used, click here.
According to sources, photos of Robyn found on Giordano’s digital camera are “graphic and disturbing” and “beyond pornographic.”
To watch a ‘Today’ show report that includes the last known video footage of Robyn Gardner, click here.
Robyn is described as 5’5” tall, 130 pounds with Blond hair and brown eyes. She has tattoos on her left shoulder and arm and one tattoo on her right rib cage. Anyone with information regarding Robyn’s case is urged to call the Aruban authorities at 011-297-597-5201.
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