Police have laid first-degree murder charges in connection with a woman's death in Cranston in southeast Calgary earlier this year.

Cindy Enger, 51, was found dead in the 200 block of Cramond Close S.E. on Jan. 24 when police were asked to check on her welfare.

On Friday police arrested Joseph D'Arcy Schluter, 45, of Carstairs, which is about 65 kilometres north of Calgary.

Staff Sgt. Doug Andres with the homicide unit said Enger died as the result of a gunshot wound.

The shooting took place some time between Jan. 22, when Enger's ex-husband picked up their son, and Jan. 23, when he returned to drop their son off, said Andres.

Police were called on Jan. 24 when the ex-husband still couldn't reach Enger. They forced their way into the house and found her body.

Known to each other

Andres said Enger and Schluter had "known each other for a long time and they recently reconnected," and that police recovered a weapon while executing search warrants in Carstairs and Airdrie, but forensic and ballistic tests will have to be conducted to determine if it was used in the homicide.

Police are not revealing the motive for the crime, saying it will be presented in court as part of their case.

Schluter, who contacted police early in the investigation when they were seeking information from those who knew Enger, is scheduled to appear in court Monday. Police are not seeking any other suspects.

Anyone with information who might have lived in the home or had contact with Enger in the two months leading up to her death is asked to call police at 403-266-1234 or the homicide unit Tip Line at 403-428-8877, or to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously.