Christopher Leclair

Police: Wife’s body washes ashore with bullet in her head weeks after fisherman husband said she ‘accidentally’ fell overboard

A little under two weeks after a commercial fisherman told police his wife accidentally fell overboard in Lake Erie, police found her body washed ashore in upstate New York with a single gunshot wound to her head.

New York Post reports that Christopher Leclair, a 48-year-old commercial fisherman, claimed that his wife, Karen Leclair, 51, fell backwards off of his boat on June 11, while she was sitting on the deck. Yet, surveillance footage showed the couple leaving on boat on June 10, with only Christopher Leclair returning.

The following day, when he made the call police to report his wife missing, surveillance footage caught the suspect leaving on water alone and returning alone. A red flag was immediately raised when detectives realized he waited an entire day to contact authorities.

“So when we sit her husband down and we start asking questions and answers to those questions really don’t make sense, and we go back and look at surveillance videos from the marina and we see that, according to the videos, she disappeared on Saturday and he doesn’t report that until Sunday, that’s a red flag to our investigators,” Lt. Wayne Klinen, with the state police Troop E in Lawrence Park Township, said.

The suspect admitted that he’d been having an affair with another woman and last saw her on June 9. Detectives interviewed his mistress, who claimed she last saw Christopher Leclair after he came over to her house on June 10, to discuss moving in with her after returning from a trip with his wife.

Within hours after reporting his wife missing, police charged Christopher Leclair with murder. He remains behind bars with no bond.

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