Citing an article published in the National Enquirer, the British newspaper Daily Mail, as well as Fox News have reported on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 that Robyn Gardner, the American woman from Frederick, MD, who went missing on the Caribbean island of Aruba on the afternoon of Friday, August 2, 2001 at about 4:30 p.m. AST was buried alive in a dog’s grave dug up by her lover who taped a plastic bag over her head before covering her body with dirt.
These bizarre and unconfirmed accusations may be enough to give local authorities on the island, one of the four constituent countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands, enough justification to seek a continuation of a court ordered 60-day hold on the 50-year-old Gary Giordano, which is due to expire on Tuesday, November 1, 2011.
Cadaver dogs have been searching the 69 square mile island for any signs of Ms. Gardner, who her companion claims disappeared after the two went snorkeling on a tranquil man-made lagoon known as Baby Beach, as seen in the attached slide show and video clip which accompany this report.
Aruba was the site of a similar infamous disappearance involving another American woman, 18-year-old Natalee Holloway, who vanished from a Mountain Brook High School (MBHS) graduation trip on May 30, 2005.
That case has never been solved, but has apparently given police in Aruba the resolve to bring about a different outcome in Ms. Gardner’s more recent disappearance.
An unnamed tipster told police that Mr. Giordano put a bag over Gardner’s head, after binding her limbs with duct tape, drove to Dog Graves Beach and dug up a dog’s grave with his bare hands, claiming “He dug up a fresh dog’s grave with his hands, removed the dog’s body, widened the hole and put Robyn in it.”
Giordano then allegedly put the dead dog’s body on top of his still alive companion, and proceeded to fill up the grave while she started moaning and trying to move about.
While those events, if true, present a convincing case for murder, there exists equally strong confirmed circumstantial evidence of foul play.
These include the fact that Giordano was observed to be sweating profusely late on the afternoon of August 2, 2011 after reporting Ms. Gardner missing; that blood was seen in the sand where the couple had been walking; that Giordano had scratch marks on his throat and other parts of his body; and that he had taken out a $1.5 million accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance policy on his companion, and had repeatedly called the underwriter, American Express Company, filing a claim for those benefits shortly after the woman went missing, acting as if he had won the lottery, according to the claims agent.
Even more damning is an alleged surveillance video containing CCTV footage showing Ms. Gardner having a violent fight with Giordano hours before her disappearance. Giordano was said to have grabbed her by the neck and shoved her into an elevator on the last day she was seen alive.
While these combined events may appear ominous, Giordano’s lawyer, 42-year-old U.S. criminal defense attorney Jose Baez, who successfully represented Casey Anthony against charges of first degree murder by the State of Florida in the suspicious death of her child Caylee, may be able to deflect each one, or even prevent some of them from being introduced during a trial.
What would be much harder to defend would be Ms. Gardner’s bound and bagged body in a shallow dog’s grave, if that turned out to be a reality, rather than a contrived figment of an anonymous witnesses’s imagination.
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