A body pulled from the Hudson River on Saturday, May 23rd, was confirmed to be the missing kayaker Vincent Viafore.
The 46-year-old kayaker had been reported missing for over a month, since April 19. On the evening he went missing he was kayaking with his long- term partner and fiancée, Angelika Graswald.
His fiancée reported that his kayak had capsized and that Viafore was only able to hold on to it for several minutes before he went under . She told the authorities that she was unable to help him.
However, there was inconsistency in her declarations, which rose many suspicions. She said she waited for 20 minutes before calling 911 and ask for help.
Ms. Graswald, 35, was arrested ten days later, on April 29, as she was accused of second-degree murder.
During a bail hearing, the prosecution reported that she told the police she had tampered with her fiancé’ s boat on purpose and that she “felt good knowing that he was going to die”, having a sense of relief as he went underwater. Her lawyer said that his client was compelled to confess that and the statements should not be taken for granted.
The prosecutors believe she had motive for committing the crime, as she was the one who would get the money for Viafore’s life insurance, worth a quarter of a million dollars, according to Julie Mohl, Assistant District Attorney. After her fiancé’s death she spoke about what she could do with the money.
Moreover, she allegedly stated that she felt trapped in the relationship and his death was her only way out.
The body was discovered near Poughkeepsie, north of the U.S. Military Academy in New York. It was not floating too far from the place where the couple had been kayaking. It was first seen by a boater in the area, who immediately called the authorities.
The clothes were a match and the experts have soon confirmed the identity of the body. However, no official details were given yet by the medical examiner in Orange County, where it was taken for the autopsy.
The body is a crucial part of the investigation, given the fact that it might offer important forensic evidence to investigators.
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