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Johnson's friend and co-worker speaks out

By Kevin Lessard, KCFW Reporter, klessard@kcfw.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:27:59 AM MST
Updated On: Sep 10 2013 09:51:06 PM MDT
KALISPELL, Mont. -

A newlywed-turned-widow is waiting to see if she can get out of jail after being accused of pushing her husband off a cliff in Glacier National Park.  

We made dozens of calls, dug through courthouse records, and combed through online sites to find out more about Jordan Graham and Cody Lee Johnson.

Johnson went missing on July 8, and was found by at the bottom of a cliff near The Loop at Glacier National Park.

We spoke to Cameron Fredrickson, who was a co-worker and friend of Cody Johnson, to find out more about Johnson and Graham. 

Fredrickson was one of the first people to alert the authorities that Cody was missing, after not showing up to work on Monday, July 8.

When Johnson didn't show up, that's when Fredrickson tells NBC Montana he immediately knew something wasn't right.

"Later that afternoon, I received a text from Jordan, asking if Cody came in to work, which I thought was odd,” said Fredrickson.

Fredrickson says he never really knew Cody's wife, Jordan Linn Graham, and the few interactions they did have, he said, confused him.

"When I first met Jordan she was very closed off, very quiet, not a lot of interaction with anyone."

He tells NBC Montana that he and Cody's friends all thought it was strange she would never hang out. Fredrickson says even at their wedding, something just didn't seem right.

"I was standing up there and I noticed that when they were exchanging their vows, Jordan never once looked at Cody."

Monday the FBI released a complaint against Graham, which alleges she confessed to pushing Johnson off a cliff in Glacier National Park during an argument.

Johnson is being held in the Missoula County jail without bond, pending a hearing Wednesday, in which she is expected to ask to be let out of jail.

The story of Johnson's death made international news, as people from Kalispell, like Fredrickson, are sharing their stories about Johnson.

As for now, all Fredrickson can do is wait, but says he's glad that the legal process is beginning to run its course.

"It was a relief knowing there was going to be justice one way or another," said Fredrickson.

We noticed when reading the FBI's affidavit that Johnson reportedly confessed in mid-July, but was taken into custody August 9. We've asked U.S. attorneys why the delay, but they won't elaborate.

NBC Montana is continuing to follow this story, and we will keep you updated on the latest details as they unfold.