Mystery deepens around suspicious fire and death of Crystal McFadyen

The mystery of what happened to Crystal McFadyen deepens as more details emerge around a missing person report.

37-year-old McFadyen reported missing by family and later found dead in her own home after a suspicious fire

Crystal McFadyen was reported missing the day before her remains were found in the wreckage of a house fire on Avenue F North in Saskatoon. (Saskatoon Police)

The Saskatoon man police say is a person of interest in the suspicious death of Crystal McFadyen is staying in jail for the time being.

Meanwhile, the mystery of what happened to the 37-year-old McFadyen, who was eight months pregnant when she died, continues to deepen as more details emerge.

Jonathan Alex Rosenthal is charged with arson in connection with a July 6 fire at a house at 229 Avenue F North. The actual charge alleges that Rosenthal started the fire "reckless with disrespect" to whether the property was occupied. Police later confirmed Rosenthal is a person of interest in McFadyen's death. 

Rosenthal appeared by video in provincial court Wednesday and was remanded until later this month for a bail hearing.

Fire crews were called to the bungalow on Avenue F North around 2:30 a.m. CST on July 6. They arrived to find smoke pouring from the back of the home.

Once they got inside and put out the fire, they discovered a body that was later identified as McFadyen.

Fire crews saw smoke coming from the back of the house. (CBC)

Investigators determined her death was a homicide.

According to police, McFadyen had not been heard from since July 3. Her family reported her missing on July 5.

A search of corporate records reveals that the title of the home at 229 Avenue F North is held by Crystal and Robert McFadyen. It appears that McFadyen's body was discovered in her own home.

Police are still not saying how she died, or how the fire in the home started.


Dan Zakreski is a reporter for CBC Saskatoon.