Gary Giordano, the businessman who continues to be the prime suspect in the strange disappearance of Maryland woman Robyn Gardner in Aruba, has been released.
The decision to cut Giordano loose came just hours after Gardner’s cousin said the family was “disappointed” by Aruban authorities' fruitless effort to find her body.
Gardner is presumed dead and Giordano is believed by many to be involved in her mysterious vanishing this summer. But proving it has been a different matter.
“Needless to say, our family is very disappointed that after all this time, we are no closer to finding out what happened to Robyn,” Kelly Reed said in a statement.
Gary Giordano, also of Maryland, had been in police custody for almost four months, and authorities insist that he's lying about the fate of his traveling companion.
He was freed after a judge ruled prosecutors didn’t have enough evidence to hold him there any longer. Giordano issued no comments as he departed the facility.Gardner, 35, met Giordano, 50, through an online dating site and the pair took a vacation to the Caribbean island on July 31. Soon after, things went horribly awry.
Giordano reported Robyn Gardner missing just two days later. He said Gardner was pulled out to sea by a strong current as they snorkeled near the shore.
Three days after her mysterious disappearance, Giordano was locked up as witnesses disputed his story, and after graphic photos were found on his camera.
But the body of Robyn Gardner has yet to be discovered.
“The case does not end here,” Aruba’s Solicitor General Taco Stein vowed. “Mr. Giordano will remain our prime suspect. We know he is lying; His story is not true.”
Prosecutors said they will continue to build a case and will seek his extradition from the U.S. if an appeals court issues a reversal and orders him back behind bars.