Missing Md. woman had mild side but wild tattoos

August 11, 2011 - 3:15 AM
Aruba Missing American

This undated handout photo, released by the Natalee Holloway Resource Center on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, shows Robyn Gardner, 35, of Frederick, Maryland. The prosecutor's office in Aruba says Gardner has gone missing in the Caribbean island after she went snorkeling with travel partner Gary V. Giordano, 50, who was later detained by the police and is being investigated on suspicion of involvement in her disappearance. (AP Photo/Natalee Holloway Resource Center)

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Friends of a Maryland woman missing in Aruba say her wild tattoos belie a gentle nature.

Robyn Gardner disappeared during a trip last week. Police there have detained her traveling companion, Gary Giordano of Gaithersburg.

Frederick salon owner Christina Jones said Wednesday that Gardner is her part-time roommate and full-time friend.

She says the laid-off dental-office worker is a sweet-natured woman who loves traveling, jogging and her two Siamese cats.

Gardner mostly lived in Rockville with on-and-off boyfriend Richard Forester. He describes Gardner as open and outgoing.

The 35-year-old divorced woman decorated her body with tattoos including a jungle-print design on her left shoulder and a Latin phrase over her right ribcage that means, "If I can't move the earth then I'll raise hell."