Angelika Graswald Indicted by Grand Jury on Murder Charges After Fiancé Disappears Kayaking
Vincent Viafore's body has not yet been found
Angelika Graswald, the 35-year-old woman accused of killing her missing fiancé, has been indicted on murder charges by a grand jury in Orange County, New York, PEOPLE has confirmed.
Vincent Viafore disappeared two weeks ago while the pair were kayaking on the Hudson River. His body has not yet been found, but police said “some inconsistencies led investigators to be suspicious” of Graswald, and eventually she was charged with his murder.
The clerk of Town of New Windsor Justice Court in New York tells PEOPLE that Graswald has been indicted on the charges, adding that the case has been transferred to Orange County.
For her part, Graswald denies any involvement in her fiancé’s death. “I’m devastated,” she told PEOPLE in an exclusive interview from the jailhouse where she’s being held. “He’s always with me,” she added, “and he’ll always be with me.”
Graswald would not speak about what happened that fateful April night, saying two attorneys she’d consulted with had advised her against talking about the incident. However, she did say that she felt as though police had tricked her.
Meanwhile, those who knew the couple are baffled by Viafore’s disappearance and Graswald’s arrest. “When I saw she got arrested, I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ ” said Jackie Bracco, a friend of Viafore’s. “Surprised. Completely surprised.”
• Reporting by DIANE HERBST
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