Aruba police to re-enact drowning of US tourist

AP News
Posted: Sep 15, 2011 3:52 PM
Aruba police to re-enact drowning of US tourist

Aruban authorities will stage a re-enactment of the alleged drowning of a Maryland woman to test her jailed companion's account of the incident, a prosecution official said Thursday.

Authorities hope the re-enactment will help them determine if it's possible for Robyn Gardner of Frederick, Maryland, to have drowned while snorkeling in the way her companion, Gary Giordano, has described the incident to investigators, Solicitor General Taco Stein said.

"We hope to get more insight into his version of events and see if we can shoot holes in it," Stein said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Aruban police officers will play the parts of 35-year-old Gardner and Giordano, a businessman from Gaithersburg, Maryland.

The re-enactment will take place soon, probably within the next few days, near the southern tip of the Dutch Caribbean island but authorities are keeping the date a secret to discourage spectators, Stein said.

Giordano was arrested three days after telling police that Gardner was apparently swept out to sea while they were snorkeling during a five-day excursion to the island. He denies any wrongdoing and her body has not been found.

A judge ordered Giordano jailed for at least 60 more days on Aug. 31 to give authorities more time to investigate her presumed death and pursue possible criminal charges against him.