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AFTER JUST 8 DAYS OF MARRIAGE, Jordan Linn Graham, 22, lost her husband, Cody Lee Johnson, 25, – literally – while hiking along a cliffside trail in Glacier National Park, near their home in Kalispell, Montana, July 7.

The next day when Cody failed to show up for work, his employer reported him missing and a few days later, when questioned, Jordan told police that the last time she saw him was the day before leaving their house with "some friends."

Monday September 8, Jordan Graham was arrested and charged with murdering her husband "with malice aforethought" by shoving him over a cliff on the Loop Trail in the national park.

The (Briefly) Happy Couple  (Instagram)

An affidavit filed by the FBI agent who worked the case states that Graham intentionally misled investigators looking into Johnson's disappearance:

After attending dinner with friends, they drove home. During the drive home, Johnson received a cell phone call that caused him to be upset. When she and Johnson arrived at their home at approximately 2145 hours, she realized her phone was going dead and needed to be charged. Graham then drove by herself from her home to another location to collect her phone charger. Graham said while she was retrieving her cell phone charger, sometime after 2145 hours, she received a cellular text message from Johnson’s phone saying he was going for a drive with a friend from out of town. When Graham arrived back at the house she advised she saw a dark colored car pulling out of the driveway. Graham stated she is sure Johnson was in the dark car. In a subsequent interview, Graham advised she and Johnson routinely delete their text messages, thus she was unable to produce the above-referenced text for viewing.

A friend of Graham's later told police that she (Graham) was having "second thoughts" about the marriage.

On July 11 Graham called police to report "finding" her husband's body at the foot of a cliff in the national park.  Again from the affidavit:

U.S. Park Ranger S.P. was dispatched to the Lake McDonald Camp Store in Glacier National Park for a visitor reporting a dead body within the exterior boundaries of Glacier National Park. Graham was identified as the reporting party who informed Ranger S.P. she had located a dead body. The body was located below a popular viewpoint and parking area, called the "The Loop". Ranger S.P. commented to Graham he thought it was unusual that she had found the body. Graham replied, "It was a place he wanted to see before he died," and "He would come up here with friends to drive fast when his friends were visiting from out of state."

She is facing life imprisonment if convicted on 2nd-degree murder.

The Associated Press has more details to the STORY HERE.

Read the entire FBI agent's affidavit filed with the arrest charges HERE (.pdf format).

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