Fiancee charged with murder in death of missing kayaker

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Marcus Solis reports a New York woman is accused of murdering her fiance who has been missing since a kayaking trip. (WABC)

A New York woman whose fiance has been missing since a kayaking trip 11 days ago has been charged with second-degree murder in his death.

State police say inconsistencies in 35-year-old Angelica Graswald's statements led to her arrest in the death of Vincent Viafore. The Orange County district attorney's office announced the charges against the Poughkeepsie woman on Thursday.


Graswald originally told troopers she and the 46-year-old Viafore, also of Poughkeepsie, were kayaking April 19 when his boat capsized in rough waters near the town of Cornwall-On-Hudson around 7:30 p.m.

Graswald also fell out of her own kayak and was able to contact 911. She was found in the water by a boater and rescued.

Graswald was treated and released from a local hospital for hypothermia.

Viafore was not wearing a flotation device and was unable to return to his kayak. Both kayaks were located and recovered, but Viafore has not been found.

Authorities are not commenting on how Viafore died or a motive, but the complaint said that Graswald "intentionally cause(d) the death of Vincent Viafore."

The search continues for Viafore's body

Graswalk was arraigned Thursday and remanded to the Orange County Jail with no bail. The case will now go to an Orange County grand jury.

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