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Body of fisherman's missing wife washes ashore tied to anchor, shot in head

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Authorities confirm a body found in the waters of Lake Erie, up in Western New York, is that of Karen Leclair, the Erie County woman whose husband told police she fell off their boat. 

After an autopsy, police say they know it was no accident and they've now charged their chief suspect's father with trying to help cover up evidence. 

The 51-year-old Albion-area woman had been missing since June 10th. Police say her ankles were tied and she had another rope around her neck - that one tied to an anchor.

The cause of death is a single gun shot wound to the head. 

"He was taken into custody at the house and we brought him back here to the barracks to interview him and he subsequently confessed to taking that pistol and moving it," said Lt. Wayne Kline, PA State Police. "We were looking for evidence consistent with the binding additional anchors and the nylon rope that was used around Karen's ankles and around her chest, so we were trying to see if we could match up some ropes." 

Karen Leclair's 48-year-old husband Christopher Leclair was charged with murder shortly after her reported disappearance. 

State police have also charged the suspect's 74-year-old father Ernest Leclair with tampering with evidence.

Ernest Leclair has a bond set at $25,000. Christopher Leclair's next court date is set for July 31st. 

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