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Aruba plans search for missing US woman's remains

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Firefighters and police officers conduct a search for Robyn Gardner, 35, of Frederick, Maryland, in a shaft of an old phosphate mine near Baby Beach, in the southern tip of Aruba, Friday Aug. 12, 2011. Firefighters and police officers conduct a search for Robyn Gardner, 35, of Frederick, Maryland, in a shaft of an old phosphate mine near Baby Beach, in the southern tip of Aruba, Friday Aug. 12, 2011.

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) — Aruban authorities announced plans Tuesday for an extensive search involving police, firefighters and possibly the military as investigators try to determine what happened to a missing American woman.

The search was expected to start later this week and would be centered around the southern part of the Dutch Caribbean island near where 35-year-old Robyn Gardner was reported missing by her travel companion, Solicitor General Taco Stein said.

"We are trying to put a substantial team together" to conduct the search, Stein told The Associated Press.

Police and firefighters searched an abandoned phosphate mine in the area but did not find any trace of Gardner.

The new search will involve many more people and will cover a larger area in the hunt for the woman's body or any evidence linked to her, Stein said.

The woman was reported missing Aug. 2 by companion Gary Giordano, who said she was apparently pulled away by ocean currents while they were snorkeling. The pair had come to Aruba on July 31 for a short vacation.

Giordano, a 50-year-old business owner from Gaithersburg, Maryland, has been detained on suspicion of involvement in her death. His attorney has said he had nothing to do with her disappearance and has called for his release from jail.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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