The Latest: Body ID'd as that of missing wife; shot in head

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Posted: Jul 05, 2017 10:40 PM

The Latest on a Pennsylvania commercial fisherman's wife who was reported to have fallen off a boat (all times local):

10:35 p.m.

Pennsylvania state police say a body found along the New York shoreline of Lake Erie with a gunshot wound to the head and an anchor attached to the torso has been identified as that of a woman whose husband reported her missing and then was charged with killing her.

Albion, Pennsylvania, resident Karen Leclair was reported missing June 11 by commercial fisherman Christopher Leclair.

Lt. Wayne Kline says dental records were used to identify Karen Leclair's body Wednesday. He says Christopher Leclair's dad tried to hide the revolver used to shoot her and has been arrested.

Christopher Leclair told police his wife was sitting on a bucket on the edge of a boat when she apparently fell overboard while he wasn't looking. Authorities charged him with criminal homicide because dock surveillance cameras show the couple left together the day before he reported her missing and he returned alone.

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10 a.m.

Police and a prosecutor from Pennsylvania will attend the autopsy of a woman found along the New York shoreline of Lake Erie to determine whether the body is that of a suspected homicide victim.

Authorities want to know if the body to be autopsied Wednesday by the Chautauqua County, New York coroner is that of 51-year-old Karen Leclair. The body was found Tuesday near Dunkirk, New York.

The woman from Albion, Pennsylvania, was reported missing June 11 by her husband, 48-year-old commercial fisherman Christopher Leclair.

Authorities in Erie County, Pennsylvania, charged him with criminal homicide because dock surveillance cameras in Erie show Leclair and his wife left together on June 10, the day before he reported her missing, and that he returned alone.

Leclair's attorney says he "maintains his innocence."