Nearly five years after her body was found in the trunk of her car, an arrest was made yesterday in Paula Gallant’s murder.

Sources say the suspect was her husband, Jason MacRae. He was arrested near his Timberlea home just after 8 a.m. yesterday.

Gallant, 36, didn’t return from shopping on Dec. 27, 2005. At 12:30 a.m. the next morning her body was found in the trunk of her car, which was parked outside the Timberlea school where she taught. She died just before her only child, a daughter, turned a year old.

MacRae was brought in for questioning early in the investigation, but was later released.

Cpl. Joe Taplin said yesterday the suspect hasn’t been charged. “This investigation is going to go on throughout the day and into the evening,” he said.

There was no late-breaking tip that led to the arrest, just solid investigating by members of the RCMP-HRP Integrated Major Crime Section, he said.

“They put a lot of countless hours into this investigation and it led to the arrest,” Taplin said.