A 28-year-old Yellowknife man has been charged with first degree murder in the death of Yvonne Desjarlais last December.

David Richard Harrison was arrested Thursday morning and is scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon.

The body of Yvonne Desjarlais, 63, of Lutselk'e was found near 53rd Street and 50th Avenue in downtown Yellowknife on Dec. 30, 2012.

Police refuse to release the cause of death.

RCMP say the arrest was made after a lengthy investigation by the major crimes unit, including the interviewing of more than 100 people.