- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

CORYDON, Ind. (AP) - A New Albany man has been charged with murder in the strangulation death of his girlfriend, whose body was found last month in the Ohio River, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Clair Eugene Chaplin, 51, was arrested on a warrant Wednesday evening, court records show. He’s being held without bond at the Harrison County Jail in Corydon.

The body of 35-year-old Genevieve Rogge of New Albany was discovered June 28 in the river near Mauckport, about 30 miles southwest of Louisville, Kentucky.

A probable cause affidavit said Chaplin and Rogge were in a relationship and that Chaplin may have been jealous she was spending time with another man.

Detectives reviewed exterior surveillance video from the Horseshoe Casino in Elizabeth, Harrison County Prosecutor Otto Schalk said.

“During this observation, detectives noticed a vehicle matching the description of a truck that Mr. Chaplin drives and owns that passed the cameras, and in the back of his pickup, there appeared to be an object in the back of the bed of the truck,” Schalk said.

A probable cause affidavit says broken glass, blood stains and broken blinds were found in Rogge’s home, and marks on her body matched the bed lining of Chaplin’s pickup. Investigators also found bloodstains on the truck.

Online court records did not list an attorney for Chaplin who might comment on the case.

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