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UPDATE: Central Alberta man identified as murder victim

Suspect taken into custody without incident
A warrant was issued for Cashtin Lee Joseph, 27, and RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance to locate him. (Contributed)

A first-degree murder suspect was arrested on Wednesday who was allegedly connected to the death of a Wetaskiwin man.

On Oct. 20, Wetaskiwin RCMP received a report that Brian Michael Dupe, 63, was missing and had not been seen since Oct. 14.

Information from the public resulted in human remains being located in a rural area west of Alder Flats on Oct. 22 which were confirmed to be Dupe with an autopsy on Oct. 24.

RCMP said Cashtin Lee Joseph, 27, was located and arrested at about 4:15 p.m. in Millet and was taken into custody without incident. A bail hearing was set for Oct. 27.

Stanley Victor Howse, 49, has also been remanded into custody on a charge of first-degree murder, allegedly connected to Dupe’s death, and is scheduled to appear in Wetaskiwin Provincial Court on Nov. 1.

On Tuesday, RCMP asked for the public’s assistance to locate Joseph who was last seen in Wetaskiwin on Oct. 24.

Police said Joseph could be armed and was considered dangerous. People were urged not to approach him and to immediately call 911.

The investigation is ongoing and Alberta RCMP said they were grateful for the public’s help in identifying and locating the accused.

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