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Brother charged in death of man gone missing 23 years ago: Regina police

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WATCH: The Regina Police Service has laid a murder charge in the death of Patrick Thauberger who went missing more than two decades ago. – Nov 30, 2020

The Regina Police Service has laid a murder charge against the brother of a man who went missing over two decades ago.

Patrick Cyril Thauberger, who was 53 years old at the time of his disappearance, was last seen on Sept. 3, 1997. He was reported missing 13 days later.

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In the initial missing person’s report, police said Thauberger was on his way from Winnipeg to Edmonton, but had made a stop in Regina to visit family.

The investigation placed him at a Regina bus depot and also confirmed he never made it to Edmonton.

On Sunday, Regina police arrested Joseph George Thauberger, 78, and charged him with first-degree murder.

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Joseph is also charged with offering an indignity to a dead human body and uttering threats to a woman that took place over a span of nearly 20 years.

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In 2016, Thauberger’s disappearance led police to an outdoor marijuana grow op in the RMs of Indian Head and South Qu’appelle.

Joseph was charged with producing a scheduled substance (cannabis) and possession with the purpose of trafficking.

Court documents reveal he pleaded guilty to one count of possessing marijuana and was fined. All other allegations were withdrawn.

He appeared in provincial court Monday morning. His case was adjourned to Thursday at 2 p.m.