A man held since August in the disappearance of Robyn Gardner in Aruba was freed Tuesday. A judge had told prosecutors they had no right to detain him any longer.
Gary Giordano, who was Gardner”s traveling partner, left the jail with his lawyers and is free to travel off of the island, the Associated Press reports.
Giordano was detained after Gardner went missing on Aug. 2. He claimed she never returned from a snorkeling trip they took together. Prosecutors have questioned his story, and he has been detained while they investigate.
“The case does not end here. Mr. Giordano will remain our prime suspect,” says Aruba”s Solicitor General Taco Stein.
But Giordano”s attorney, Chris Lejuez, calls the release “completely justified,” according to The Washington Post.
“All the investigation has turned up is either nothing or facts that are not relevant to the case. [Giordano] has been proclaiming his innocence from the beginning,” says Lejuez.
For now, the investigation continues. Just this week, Dutch divers searched the shoreline near where Gardner, 35, disappeared, and officials are still looking at Giordano”s computer records and e-mails.