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Dec. 2: Robyn Gardner missing in Aruba

New York, NY — December 2, 2011

Just 24 hours after his return from Aruba, where he was held for four months on suspicion of murdering Robyn Gardner, suspect Gary Giordano sat down with “Dateline’s” Josh Mankiewicz for an in-depth interview. Giordano claims innocence, yet many still believe he is responsible for Gardner’s death. The story, which reveals new details that are exclusive to "Dateline," will be reported by Mankiewicz and will air tonight at 10p/9c.

Regarding when Giordano went searching for help:

Josh Mankiewicz:
This is something I know you heard before. On the security tape, showing you - after Robyn disappeared, at a time when you say you're lookin' for help, you're bangin' on the door there. You don't look frantic. You don't look concerned. Were you?

Gary Giordano:
Yes, very much so.

Josh Mankiewicz:
'Cause it seems more sort of casual that you're bangin' on the wall there.

Gary Giodano:
I was - it's hard to pick up on a tape - that I was exhausted, scared, and shocked that there was nobody there. There was nobody to jump up and down and say, "Come help me."

Josh Mankiewicz:
So that's you looking exhausted, scared, and shocked?

Gary Giordano:
Yeah. You don't know me.

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Regarding the last time Giordano saw Gardner - A "Dateline" exclusive:

Gary Giordano:
We drifted out. And then I noticed that the - we were getting in deeper water. So I reached out to grab her leg, pulled her leg to signal going in. And as I turned, my shoes had become extremely heavy, 'cause we were being pushed out by the wind and some current. And now I was struggling. So that's the last time I saw her. That's the last image I have of her.

Josh Mankiewicz:
You - at one point told police that the water was rough.

Gary Giordano:
It was - and I told them that it - at a certain point, I was struggling to get back. So you can determine what rough is, you know? There wasn't a tidal wave coming at me, but I was struggling - at one point realized this is - there's a problem here.

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Regarding the travel insurance policy taken out on Gardner:

Josh Mankiewicz:
Now that your incarceration's over, do you expect to get that money?

Gary Giordano:
I haven't given that - that - that's in - I haven't given that a thought - I haven't given that a positive thought.

Josh Mankiewicz:
Which means what?

Gary Giordano:
Whenever I think about that, it's dirty. As you pointed out, I would not have been arrested and detained in four - you know, four months in a prison with murderers, if, in fact, I didn't have that insurance. So to me, it was - it stole four months out of my life.

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Watch the full Dateline report tonight, Friday, December 2nd, at 10pm/9c:

Dateline's Unsolved Case Squad investigates the disappearance of Robyn Gardner, the beautiful blonde American missing in Aruba.  Josh Mankiewicz reports 'Missing in Paradise' on Friday, December 2.