Wetaskiwin RCMP and the Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit have arrested one man and are searching for another in relation to the murder of Brian Dupe, age 63 of Wetaskiwin.

On Oct. 20, 2022, Wetaskiwin RCMP received a report that Brian Michael Dupe, 63, was missing and had not been seen since Oct. 14, 2022. An investigation was launched and the Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit was brought in to assist.

Through the course of the investigation and with information received from the public, human remains believed to be Brian Dupe were located in a rural area west of Alder Flats, late in the evening of Oct. 22, 2022. An autopsy was completed by the Chief Medical Examiners Office on Oct. 24, 2022 which confirmed the identity of the remains is that of Mr. Dupe.

Investigators have obtained a warrant for 27-year-old Cashtin Lee Joseph, for First Degree Murder and are asking for the public’s assistance to locate him. Cashtin Joseph was last seen in Wetaskiwin on Oct. 24, 2022 when he was driving a blue 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup with Alberta license plate BYK-4577.

In addition to the arrest warrant, RCMP have arrested a second male suspect in this investigation. Charges are pending against this individual and an update is expected once charges have been sworn and a court date set.

The Alberta RCMP offers condolences to the family of Brian Dupe and pledges to continue to work to hold accountable the individuals responsible for his death. Cashtin Joseph may be armed and is considered dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged not to approach him and to immediately call 911.

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