Husband Arrested on Murder Charge After Claiming Wife Fell Off Boat

Christopher Leclair's story fell apart after police reviewed surveillance footage.

A Pennsylvania man has been charged with the murder of his wife after he reportedly told police she had fallen off their fishing boat and disappeared in a lake over the weekend.

Pennsylvania State Police have filed murder charges against Christopher Leclair, 48, who allegedly told the Coast Guard he lost track of his wife, 51-year-old Karen Leclair, after she fell into Lake Erie while they were three miles off the Pennsylvania coast.

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However, Pennsylvania State Police filed charges this week after they say surveillance footage told a different story.

The video taken near the boat slip shows Leclair boarding the boat and shoving off on Saturday afternoon, police said. Hours later, authorities say Leclair returned to the dock alone.

Leclair went back out on the boat the following day before again returning alone, police said. Some 45 minutes after he got back to land, he reportedly made the call to the Coast Guard to report his wife missing.

During an interview with detectives, Leclair admitted to having an affair with another woman, Pennsylvania State Police said in court documents obtained by Erie News Now.

When questioned by police, the mistress said Leclair spent the night at her house Saturday, when the two discussed moving in together, according to the documents.

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Police believe Leclair also drove the woman to a probation appointment Monday morning.

Police have since arrested Leclair and have charged him with criminal homicide in the death of his wife.

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