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POK Woman Is Charged In Death Of Missing Kayaker

A Poughkeepsie woman whose fiancée has been missing since a kayaking trip in mid-April has been charged with second-degree murder. The Orange County district attorney's office announced the charge Thursday.

State police say inconsistencies in 35-year-old Angelika Graswald's statements led to her arrest in the death of Vincent Viafore, also of Poughkeepsie. Graswald originally told troopers that she and the 46-year-old Viafore were kayaking April 19 when his kayak capsized near Cornwall-On-Hudson, between Plum Point and Bannerman Island. Graswald called 9-1-1. Police say she reported falling out of her own kayak and was later picked up by a boater. Authorities believe Viafore did end up in the river, but his body has not been found. Police are not commenting on a motive. Graswald was remanded to the Orange County jail without bail. Court officials were not available to say if she has a lawyer.

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