The Orange County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division recovered the body. They received assistance from the State Police, the West Point Military Police, the Rockland County Sheriff’s Department and the Putnam Sheriff’s Marine Division.
The body is believed to be Vincent Viafore’s, the missing kayaker from Poughkeepsie who was last seen a month ago, on April 19th, before his vessel supposedly capsized near Bannerman Island, not far from Orange County shore.
However, the authorities have not yet confirmed the identity of the man but all evidence points to it being Viafore. The location and the clothing all indicate that it might be the 46-year-old kayaker.
A medical examiner is now trying to determine if the body is that of Vincent Viafore. Scientist Michael Archer has already confirmed that the clothes are a match, during an interview to NBC New York.
On the evening of April 19, Viafore was kayaking with his girlfriend, Angelika Graswald, aged 35. Graswald told the authorities that his boat capsized and he went under water. Viafore’s fiancé said that she tried to help him out but was not able to.
The woman was charged with second-degree murder after she supposedly confessed that she had purposely tempered with Viafore’s boat. According to a prosecutor, she said that she felt good knowing that he was going to die at the time because she knew that was her only way out of a relationship in which she felt trapped.
He was not wearing a life jacket at the time and he managed to hold on to his boat about 5 to 10 minutes. His fiancé waited for 20 minutes before making the call to 911.
Her motive was clear to the prosecutors – she would benefit from his life insurance, worth $250,000.
She is now held in police custody in Orange County on a $3 million bail.
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