Body found near Dunkirk ID’d as slain Pennsylvania woman

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ERIE, Pa. (WJET) — The body of a woman found near New York shoreline of Lake Erie has been identified as Karen Leclair. Leclair’s body was found with a rope tied across her chest, ankles bound, and an anchor on her body.

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According to Pennsylvania State, Leclair was found in the water with a gunshot wound to the head and an anchor around her waist. Erie County New York Coroner performed an autopsy on the body today. They were able to identify the body through dental records.

Boaters called 911 around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday after spotting the body floating in the water. The Chautauqua County Sheriff Water Rescue team retrieved the body and turned it over to Chautauqua County Coroner Larry Wilcox, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The Pennsylvania State Police responded to the scene to assist Chautauqua county officials in identifying the remains.

Karen Leclair was originally reported missing by her husband, Christopher Leclair on Sunday, June 11th.  Authorities investigated security camera footage and found out that Karen actually disappeared on Saturday, the 10th after her husband reportedly took her out on his fishing boat and returned without her.  Christopher then took the boat back out on Sunday, alone, and reported Karen missing.

After multiple rescue teams searched for hours to find Karen Leclair, they finally had to call of the search.  Karen was then pronounced dead and Christopher charged of homicide.  Authorities also found out that Christopher was having an affair with another Albion woman, and had deleted texts to her the day after Karen went missing.

Christopher Leclair was picked up by Pennsylvania State Police troopers after they executed a search warrant at his home in Albion, Penn.  The 48 year old was arraigned late that night on one count of Criminal Homicide.  He was then sent to Erie County Prison without bond.

This story was originally published by WJET, a Nexstar contributing station.

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