A New York woman has been charged with murder for the death of her fiancé, who disappeared after his kayak overturned on April 19.
Angelika Graswald, 35, and Vincent Viafore, 46, had been paddling along the Hudson River when strong winds and rough water allegedly caused Viafore to overturn. Graswald said she called 911 before attempting to help her fiancé, who wasn’t wearing a lifejacket.
"He said, 'I don't think I'm gonna make it,' and I said ‘What are you talking about? Of course you are,'” Graswald told News 12 after the incident.
Graswald fell out of her own kayak during the fray, but was eventually rescued by a boater. She was treated for hypothermia at a local hospital and released, but her fiancé was nowhere to be found. State troopers searched the area for days, but failed to find Viafore.
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Prosecutors have alleged that Graswald intentionally caused her fiancé’s death, according to a criminal complaint unveiled April 30. Authorities have not stated what led them to that conclusion or Graswald's possible motives for committing the murder.
According to state police, Graswald has provided inconsistent statements regarding the incident since she was first questioned, and police believe that the inconsistencies implicate her in Viafore’s death.
Police have yet to find a body.
Graswald had been heavily active on Facebook in the days leading up to her arrest, posting romantic photos of herself and Viafore and asking friends to pray for his safe return.
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“I just want to thank everyone for reaching out,” Graswald wrote on Facebook. “Please, keep your prayers for Vince.”
Graswald is expected to appear in court in May 5.
Image source: Facebook, New York State Police