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Maryland Woman, Robyn Gardner, Missing In Aruba

ORANJESTAD, Aruba, Aug. 9 (UPI) — A Maryland woman has vanished in Aruba, and the man she was traveling with has been arrested on the Caribbean island, police said.

Robyn Gardner, 35, of Frederick, Md., has not been seen since Aug. 2, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Gary Giordano, who was arrested at the airport last week just before his flight to the United States departed, has been charged with suspicion of murder, The Aruba Herald reported. He allegedly told investigators when he reported Gardner missing that she was swept out to sea while they were snorkeling.

The Post said information on the disappearance is coming from the Natalee Holloway Resource Center in Oranjestad, an organization named after the Mountain Brook, Ala., high school senior who disappeared in Aruba in 2005.

Richard Forester, who said he and Gardner have been dating for months, told WJLA-TV they had a fight shortly before she left for Aruba. He said he got an e-mail three hours before she vanished: “I love you. We will talk and sort things out when I get back.”

The TV station said Giordano has a record of domestic violence.

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