Update on human remains found on Lake Erie shoreline

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UPDATE, 5:38pm:  The Pennsylvania State Police say that Erie County Coroner, Lyle Cook, determined that the remains found on the shoreline are not that of Karen LeClair.  They say that the remains appear to have been in the water for several months.  While it’s determined that the remains are not LeClair’s, there has not been a positive identification.

Officials say they are still “on the look out” for Karen Leclair, but are not actively searching for her.  “We ask everybody walking the shoreline, boating, to be observant and look for the body of Karen LeClair,” says Lieutenant Kirk Reese of the Pennsylvania State Police.  The remains are being sent to Mercyhurst University’s Forensic Anthropology Department for testing.  

LAKE CITY, Pa. — Pennsylvania State Police confirmed that a human leg has been recovered in Lake City along the Lake Erie shoreline.

A fisherman reportedly contacted police around 8:15 p.m. Thursday after spotting what he believed was a human body part.

Pennsylvania State Police, Lake City Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to the scene near the Elk Creek Access area and searched for several hours.

Police could not immediately determine an identity; but authorities have been searching for 51-year-old Karen Leclair, of Elk Creek Township, one day after being captured on camera heading out onto Lake Erie with her husband, Christopher Leclair, 48.

“Obviously, we have been searching for the remains of Karen Leclair since June 10th. So, it was important for us to get out here and search the area immediately,” said Lt. Wayne Kline, crime section commander of the Pennsylvania State Police Troop E.

Pennsylvania State Police, U.S. Coast Guard and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission are expected to resume the search Friday morning.

Police are waiting for forensic identification of the remains.

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