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Robyn Gardner's Family 'Disappointed' Aruba Suspect Set Free

Handout Photo(ORANJESTAD, Aruba) -- Hours before Gary Giordano was released from an Aruba jail, the family of missing Maryland woman Robyn Gardner released a statement to ABC News saying they are disappointed at the lack of answers about how she disappeared.

"Needless to say, our family is very disappointed that even after all this time, we are no closer to finding out what happened to our Robyn," Kelly Reed, Gardner's cousin, told ABC News in a statement Tuesday. "We trust that the FBI and the Aruban authorities will continue their fervent efforts to investigate her disappearance."

Gary Giordano, the lone suspect in the case of a Maryland woman missing in Aruba, Robyn Gardner, was released Tuesday night after spending four months in an Aruban jail.

The 50-year-old American businessman emerged from the KIA prison, without addressing the crowd of American and local media that had gathered outside, and got into a small SUV, driven by his Aruban attorney Chris Lejueze. His attorney Jose Baez was also in the vehicle, which the media immediately swarmed, blocking the car for a few tense moments to peer inside, before the SUV drove out of the prison gates.

Giordano will leave the island Wednesday for the United States, before the Aruban High Court convenes at 11 a.m. ET. The island's prosecutors initially appealed Giordano's release.

Taco Stein, Aruba's solicitor general, is scrambling to convince the appeals panel to convene sooner than Wednesday morning.

Gardner's family said Tuesday they are still hopeful that someone with information about Gardner's whereabouts could come forward.

"Perhaps the public attention that this has generated will result in someone stepping forward with information that will help find her," Reed said.

Giordano's release after 116 days in jail comes after an Aruban judge threw out the prosecutors' request to keep him detained without charge for an additional 30 days. Aruban prosecutors do not have a body, a murder weapon, and have not locked down a definitive motive for Giordano to kill Gardner, but have argued they have enough circumstantial evidence to keep him in an Aruban jail.

Giordano's lawyer, Jose Baez, told ABC News that his client would be willing to comply with any extradition order if needed at a later date.

Aruban authorities told ABC News that they would seriously consider extraditing Giordano if they discover any hard evidence against him.

Baez, who gained fame this summer when he spearheaded Casey Anthony's acquittal on charges she murdered her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, called the conditions that led to Giordano spending over 116 days in an Aruban jail disastrous.

"You throw in the circumstances of how Robyn disappeared, and you throw in the fact that Gary is an American, and it creates a recipe for disaster, one that has kept him locked up for four months, in prison, uncharged," Baez said.

For those four months investigators grilled Giordano on what they called his suspicious response to Gardner's disappearance. He has maintained that she was pulled out to sea while they were snorkeling off the Caribbean island after a day of drinking.

Just after her disappearance, Giordano is seen in surveillance video, almost casually knocking on the doors of a local restaurant for help.

Also leading authorities to suspect Giordano is a $1.5 million travel insurance policy purchased for Gardner, which names him as the sole beneficiary, and was taken out the day before the two flew to Aruba.

In September, Giordano was denied release from jail after evidence surfaced suggesting he was eager to cash in on the American Express travel insurance policy.

According to Stein the investigation will continue whether Giordano is held in Aruba or not.

"We will still be with it. It's something we feel we need to do not only so justice is served but so the family can learn what happened to Robyn," said Stein. "They deserve answers and we are determined to bring answers to them."

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Jose Baez: Too Late to Use Dogs in Search for Maryland Woman

Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images(ORANJESTAD, Aruba) -- The defense attorney for Gary Giordano believes it is a waste of time for Aruban authorities to just now bring in cadaver dogs to search for the remains of his client's missing travel companion.

"I think it's grossly incompetent for cadaver dogs two plus months after the fact," Jose Baez told ABC's John Quinones. "Whatever scent of decomposition they expected to find is long gone."

Robyn Gardner, 35, has been missing from Aruba since Aug. 2. The man she was vacationing with, Gary Giordano, 50, has been detained there for five weeks now for questioning, though he has not been charged with any crime.

Cadaver dogs were brought in from Holland last week to search the Aruban shores for forensic evidence and any sign of Gardner's remains. Giordano has denied any wrongdoing and claimed Gardner was swept out to sea while the two were snorkeling.

Baez earned nationwide fame after successfully defending Casey Anthony, the Florida woman found not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daughter. He talked about his defense plan for Giordano's case.

"It's unfortunate what's happening to him and it angers me, which is why I got involved," Baez said.

There has been no welcome party for Baez in Aruba. For a nation that depends on tourism, a big shot attorney and another missing woman are unhelpful.

Giordano can be legally held for questioning until Oct. 31, at which time he could be allowed to go back to the United States, unless a judge decides there is evidence produced to continue to keep him there.

The solicitor general of the island is now saying he plans to ask for an extension to keep Giordano there longer. Authorities are not convinced he is telling the whole truth about exactly what happened to Gardner.

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Robyn Gardner Also Bought Insurance Policy: Suspect's Lawyer

Gary Giordano's attorney, Jose Baez, says both parties took out insurance policies before Robyn Gardner disappeared on August 2. Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- The attorney for Gary Giordano says the now-missing U.S. woman his client traveled to Aruba with last month, Robyn Gardner, also took out her own insurance policy for the trip.

"Yes, the two of them had policies on each other," Jose Baez, the newly hired defense attorney for Giordano said on ABC's Good Morning America. "Now, of course, since Gary was paying for the trip, Gary was the beneficiary of Robyn's policy."

Giordano submitted an insurance policy on Gardner July 30, one day before the pair, who met on an online swingers' website, left for a weeklong trip to Aruba.

Gardner, 35, has been missing since Aug. 2. Giordano, 50, has told authorities that the two went snorkeling and that the Maryland woman was swept out to sea by a strong current.

Baez told ABC News it was not uncommon for his client to take out insurance before going on a trip.

"Every time Mr. Giordano has traveled this year, whether it's been with Robyn Gardner or other individuals, he, in fact, had another companion that he traveled with, he got the same insurance," said Baez, the same attorney who represented Casey Anthony in her recent murder trial.

He also fought back against claims from the prosecution and Gardner's family and friends that Giordano was eager to cash in on the $1.5 million insurance policy on Gardner.

Giordano contacted the insurance company four times in the days after Gardner vanished.

"They're not life insurance policies," Baez said. "What they are basically are travel insurance, so what this covers is medical, dental, car rental and a whole slew of other things, including accidental death."

Giordano, of Gaithersburg, Md., has denied any wrongdoing in connection with Gardner's disappearance. He was arrested Aug. 5 and is being held by police in Aruba as the investigation into Gardner's presumed death continues.

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Casey Anthony‚Äôs Attorney Jose Baez to Rep Gary Giordano in Aruba

Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images(ORANJESTAD, Aruba) -- The defense attorney who helped get Casey Anthony acquitted of murder charges has flown to Aruba to take up the defense of Gary Giordano, the man held in the disappearance of 35-year-old Robyn Gardner of Maryland.

Baez confirmed to ABC News Tuesday that he is in Aruba and will be joining the defense of Giordano, who has been in prison there since shortly after Gardner vanished on Aug. 2.

Baez was the lead attorney in the Casey Anthony trial, which ended this summer with a not-guilty verdict in the death of her two-year-old daughter Caylee.

Shortly after the Casey Anthony verdict, Baez told ABC News’ Barbara Walters in an exclusive interview, ”After I heard ‘not guilty,’ I had a moment. I thought, ‘My life is going to start to change.’”

Baez had only been practicing for three years and had tried one death penalty case before he was hired by Casey Anthony, though he has handled five murder cases. “‘I’ve never had anyone convicted of first-degree murder,” he told ABC News.

Giordano lost an appeal last week to be freed from the Aruba jail. He is being held for 60 days as prosecutors there mount a case against him.

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