RCMP have laid a second-degree murder charge in connection with a nine-year-old homicide.

Stewart Elwood Drost, 37, of Canterbury, N.B., was arrested on Wednesday near Wakefield, N.B., and will be returned to Edmonton to face the charge, which stems from a trailer fire in Rainbow Lake on June 24, 2001.

The body of Rachel Gabriel, a well-known community member, was found in the remains of the trailer in the remote, northwestern Alberta town.

Since then, the Mounties’ historical homicide unit has been investigating.

The unit was created in 2000 under a mandate to review, assess, prioritize and conduct follow-up investigations on RCMP unsolved homicide files within Alberta.

Since its inception, more than 100 historic homicides have been reviewed and Gabriel’s homicide was one of the unit’s priorities.

Drost appeared in New Brunswick court on Thursday and was remanded in custody. He will be returned to Edmonton to appear in provincial court next week. The date of his appearance is undetermined at this time.