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Robyn Gardner was last seen a week ago in the same resort area of Aruba where Natalie Hollaway vanished six years ago.
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Robyn Gardner was last seen a week ago in the same resort area of Aruba where Natalie Hollaway vanished six years ago.

A Frederick County woman missing in Aruba is gaining national attention. One of the last people to make contact with Robyn Gardner suspects foul play.

Gardner, 35, was last seen a week ago in the same resort area of Aruba where Natalie Hollaway vanished six years ago. Authorities say Gardner had traveled to the Caribbean island with a man from Gaithersburg named Gary Giordano.

Giordano, who is being held by Aruban police in connection with the disappearance, told police Gardner was washed out to sea when the pair went snorkeling.

Richard Forrester, Gardner's boyfriend for two years, says the story doesn’t make sense since Gardner wasn't inclined to swim.

"My gut feeling is that something bad has happened," said Forrester. "I don't think she was snorkeling or in the water at that time, six o'clock at night. She's a very beautiful, beautiful woman who was very concerned about her hair and makeup and I don't think she would have gone into the water to mess that up."

Forrester says he only learned Gardner had traveled to Aruba once she arrived there. His final communication with her was last Tuesday.

"It was just on my Facebook wall it said 'this sucks'" said Forrester. "I don't know what she meant by that. She didn't answer. I saw it in the morning. And then later in the afternoon the last communication I had with her was we'll talk and sort it all out when I get back."

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