Gary Giordano and Robyn Gardner
Elton Malone/AP; Natalee Holloway Resource Center/AP
08/31/2011 at 06:30 PM EDT
Gary Giordano will remained confined for another two months in Aruba while authorities continue to try to question him about missing Robyn Gardner
A judge ordered the 60-day extension Wednesday during a closed-door hearing.
Giordano, 50, has been held without charges for nearly a month since he reported the disappearance of Gardner, 35, during a trip they were taking to the Caribbean island.
The Maryland businessman has told authorities that Gardner disappeared in a snorkeling accident, but authorities say he has given inconsistent statements. Giordano also is said to be the beneficiary of a $1.5 million insurance policy on Gardner.
"There are some things we still need to confront him with," says Solicitor General Taco Stein, according to the Associated Press.
Andrea Colson, Gardner's mother, says in a statement she has "faith and confidence" in both Aruban authorities and the FBI and "know that they will fervently continue their efforts to find Robyn."
"This has been such a difficult time for all of us and your prayers have given us strength," says Colson. "We need to find our daughter."
Additional reporting by JEFF TRUESDELL