A Vancouver man accused in the death of a mother of five has been charged with second-degree murder.

Police say 42-year-old Daniel Paul was Crystal Paul's boyfriend and was identified as the primary suspect early on, but he couldn't be located.

The 36-year-old woman's body was discovered in the basement suite of a home in East Vancouver on East 22 Avenue near Main Street in early March.

Rose Paul

The body of Crystal Rose Paul was found Mar. 3 in the basement suite of a home on East 22 Avenue. (Vancouver Police Department)

Police say that after public appeals for information and an extensive search, patrol officers spotted the man nearly a month later as he was riding a bike.

He remains in custody pending further court appearances.

Vancouver Police had offered a $10,000 reward for Paul's arrest, saying he sports numerous arm tattoos including a rat, a knife, and a heart.