Dramatic details emerge in missing persons case

Husband admitted to having an affair

Police issued warrants for the cell phone of the missing woman's husband, Christopher Leclair, after investigators learn he was having an affair.
 
Authorities say they're working together to conduct the most thorough investigation possible.  
 
On Sunday, Christopher Leclair, a Commercial Fisherman from Albion, made a call of distress to the U.S. Coast Guard.  He said his wife, who has now been identifed as  51 year old, Karen Leclair,  fell overboard into Lake Erie when they were boating together.  He told authorities he looked away for 15 minutes, and when he looked back, she was gone. 
 
After the Coast Guard suspended the search, the State Police served warrants.  Through the investigation, Christopher Leclair told officials he was having an affair with an Albion woman.  Leclair admitted to having relations with his mistress two days before his wife reportedly fell overboard. 
 
Police searched through Christopher's phone and saw the pair had texted on June 12th, the day after Karen reportedly went overboard. 
 
Brook Tolbert, PA Fish and Boat Commission, said "it's certainly a tragedy. We have a missing person and that was our main focus from the very beginning -- to hopefully recover that person from the water.  We are pretty limited in our abilities and we rely on the State Police in assisting with us".  
 
Officials tell us everything is on the table at this point, and they brought in the state police to conduct the most thorough investigation." 
 
Lt. Wayne Kline, Crime Section Commander, said "we haven't determined anything to be suspicious in nature. We're just being thorough. We want to rule out everything and really attempt to find Mrs. LeClair." 
 
Officers also told us the 52 foot fishing boat was well-equipt, with all the necessary safety gear, but Karen was not wearing a life jacket.
 
Those who know Leclair say he had a business providing shiners and other bait to local bait shops.
 
We will bring you more as the story develops.
 
If you have any information, you are encouraged to call police at 814-898-1641.

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