Karen Leclair's remains found in Dunkirk, NY

ERIE, Pa. -- Suspicions turned out to be true, as the autopsy of a body found in Dunkirk, N.Y. on Tuesday were confirmed to be the remains of missing Elk Creek Township woman, Karen Leclair.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, Leclair was found in the water with a gunshot wound to the head and an anchor around her chest. The Chautauqua County Coroner's Office 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 body was located approximately six miles off the shore in Dunkirk, NY. 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.

A second arrest was also made today. Christopher Leclair's father Ernest Leclair, 74, was arrested for tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. He confessed to hiding the 38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver that is believed to be the weapon his son used to shoot Karen LeClair. He is currently being held in the Erie County prison with a bond set at $25,000. 

Karen Leclair was originally reported missing by her husband, Christopher Leclair on June 11.  

Authorities investigated security camera footage and found out that Karen actually disappeared on Saturday, June 10 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 off the search. Karen was then pronounced dead and Christopher charged of homicide.  Authorities also learned that Christopher was having an affair with another Albion woman, and had sent texts to her after Karen went missing. He later deleted those text messages.

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

 


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