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Aug 30, 2011 8:08 AM by Kate Richards

Man held in connection with American woman missing in Aruba

WASHINGTON (AP) - The father of a man being held in Aruba on suspicion of involvement in the disappearance and presumed death of a 35-year-old Maryland woman says his son is "not a monster."

In an interview with NBC's "Today" show that aired Tuesday, Frank Giordano said his son Gary is a "good human being, who is good to his family" and close with his children.

Gary Giordano, a 50-year-old businessman from Gaithersburg, Md., traveled to Aruba with Robyn Gardner on July 31 and reported her missing two days later, saying she disappeared while they were snorkeling. He assisted the search but was detained at the airport as he tried to leave the country because of questions about his account of what happened.

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