Chautauqua County coroner to determine whether body found is homicide victim

Jul 5, 2017

The body of a woman found along the Lake Erie shoreline will be autopsied Wednesday by the Chautauqua County coroner.

Pennsylvania State Police and a prosecutor will attend the autopsy to determine whether it belongs to a suspected homicide victim.

Authorities want to know if the body found Tuesday near Dunkirk is that of 51-year-old Karen Leclair. The woman from Albion, PA was reported missing June 11 by her husband, a 48-year-old commercial fisherman named Christopher Leclair.

Authorities in Erie County, PA charged him with criminal homicide because they say dock surveillance cameras show Leclair left on his boat alone June 11, but that his wife was on board the day before - yet did not return with him. His attorney says Leclair "maintains his innocence.''