An arrest has been made in connection with the death of 22-year-old Cassidy Bernard, Global News has learned.
Bernard was found dead on We’koqma’q First Nation in Cape Breton on Oct. 24, 2018. Her two infant girls were found alive but dehydrated alongside her.
Police quickly deemed her death as suspicious and not a random act, but did not say how she died.
RCMP would not confirm that an arrest has been made but say they will hold a press conference Tuesday at 11 a.m. on We’koqma’q First Nation.
In the past, police have said the investigation into Bernard’s death has been complex.
“Our investigators have been working very diligently,” Cpl. Jennifer Clarke said in October. “We have a great working relationship with the family and we are in very close and very regular contact with them.”
Bernard’s death sparked an outpouring of grief and concern in the community, with the band council eventually offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
Family members and people from the community took their concerns to Premier Stephen McNeil and staged protests at the Canso Causeway, the Nova Scotia legislature, and most recently on a stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway going through the small Mi’kmaq community.