Aruba Police Launch New Search for Missing U.S. Woman

August 22, 2011 Updated Aug 22, 2011 at 1:22 PM EDT

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Robyn Gardner

August 22, 2011 Updated Aug 22, 2011 at 1:22 PM EDT

(MSNBC.com) A new search for the remains of a U.S. woman missing and presumed dead in Aruba, or evidence against her travel companion, was launched Monday by island authorities.

While previous search efforts for 35-year-old Robyn Gardner focused on the southern portion of the island, search teams were seen working in the northeast part of the island.

Gardner's travel companion, 50-year-old Gary Giordano, said Gardner disappeared while snorkeling. Giordano is being detained by Aruba police.

But NBC News reported that a witness has come forward claiming he saw Gardner and Giordano leaving a beach together, and that she did not get into the water.

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