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Disturbing new details in murder of missing Indiana man

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Robert Riley (Source: Scott County Jail) Robert Riley (Source: Scott County Jail)
Paul Graupe Paul Graupe

SCOTT COUNTY, IN (WAVE) – Three years after he went missing, court documents just released show the body of Paul Graupe, 50, was found with an electrical cord wrapped twice around his neck and his pants pockets turned out.

Robert Riley, 39, was formally charged Tuesday with robbing, murdering, and moving Graupe's body in November 2009. Graupe's family said he went to Riley's Austin, Indiana home to get a loan repaid.

Last week the Scott County Indiana Sheriff's Department said a witness came forward with new information that led them to Graupe's body in that home.

Court documents show that witness told the Sheriff that Riley grabbed Graupe from behind and choked him to the point where his nose and eyes were bleeding. He then put Graupe's body in the bathroom before putting it in a hole in the floor. After his death, the witness told authorities Riley showed him or her 600 dollars he claimed came from Graupe.

Last week, the Sheriff's Department said Riley confessed to stabbing Graupe in the back.

Graupe's brother, niece and cousin were in the courtroom when Riley was formally charged. "You're sitting there in the chair and within five and six feet of you is the man who killed your brother. It's hard to take," said brother Hugh Pasley.

Pasley said he is convinced they will get justice for Graupe.

Riley is being held without bond at the Scott County Indiana Detention Center.

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