Windsor police have made an arrest in the murder investigation of a pregnant woman.

Cassandra Kaake, 31, was found dead in her home on Benjamin Avenue on Dec. 11 after a fire call. She was seven months pregnant.

Matthew Brush, 26, from LaSalle, is charged with first degree murder, arson with disregard for human life, arson causing property damage, possession of incendiary material for arson, break and enter, and indecent interference with a dead body.

“We're very pleased, here at the Windsor Police Service,” says Sgt. Matt D’Asti. “This has been an emotional investigation for us.”

In the days following her death, police said the fire at the duplex was intentionally set and Kaake died as a result of blood loss due to severe trauma to her body.

Police say they are continuing with the investigation and are gathering additional information as a result of the arrest.  Police will be holding a press conference tomorrow morning with additional details pertaining to the investigation.

After collecting many forensic samples, police conducted a secondary canvas of the neighbourhood in January and over 500 people agreed to submit DNA samples. 

“We're grateful to the community and our heart of course goes out to the Kaake family,” says D’Asti.

Kaake's Facebook page says she was born in LaSalle and attended Sandwich secondary school. Police say she was working at a local parts supply company.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Windsor police at 519-255-6700 ext. 4830, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS), online at, or Submit a Tip on Facebook.