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Companion tried to collect on insurance

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Investigators have been told that just two days after an American tourist was reported missing in Aruba, her travel companion tried to collect on a $1.5 million accidental-death insurance policy he took out on her, The Associated Press has learned.

A person who provided information to authorities told the AP that Gary V. Giordano, 50, now detained on the Caribbean island, bought the insurance specifically for his five-day getaway with Robyn Gardner, 35, who is still missing and presumed dead. The person did not have authorization to release the information and agreed to speak only on condition of anonymity.

Aruban authorities previously confirmed that Giordano, owner of a temporary staffing business from Gaithersburg, Md., had an insurance policy that covered the missing woman, but withheld details, including who the beneficiary is or whether Giordano tried to collect. Late Thursday, Solicitor General Taco Stein confirmed to the AP that the coverage was in the amount of $1.5 million. -- AP

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