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Tamra Keepness July 5, 2004 Regina Saskatchewan

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Tamra Keepness July 5, 2004 Regina Saskatchewan
July 4, 2008 REGINA -- Four years after a young Regina girl seemingly disappeared into the night, efforts to find her remain very evident. Tamra Jewel Keepness was just five years old when she was seen heading to bed on July 5, 2004. The following morning, the young girl could not be found in or around her family?s Core area home and she was reported missing to the Regina Police Service. An unprecedented search conducted by police, Search and Rescue volunteers, family, friends, and community members resulted in the streets, back alleys, parks, empty lots and outlying areas of Regina being scoured. Subsequent efforts led by the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) and police-initiated searches of two Regina-area First Nations were unsuccessful. To date, Keepness has not been found. No arrests have been made in connection with her disappearance. However, the community?s resolve to find her has endured. File Hills Qu?Appelle Tribal Council vice-chair Myke Agecoutay said Keepness? disappearance brought together several First Nations and non-First Nations organizations, which have since formed relationships for different initiatives. ?This beautiful little girl united an entire city as well as different communities. Whether she knows it or not, she certainly brought this community together and we hope that in the future, we?re able to solve exactly what happened that night,? said Agecoutay. The case remains an active file for the Regina police, which recently announced the creation of a new database that will include every piece of information pertaining to the investigation. A six-person investigative team will sift through and correlate the information to be entered into the database, once again providing the opportunity to review the entire case file. ?You can imagine what the volume of this file might be with 1,500 and some odd follow-up reports, 2,000 people linked to the file, 1,000 plus tips. It is pretty voluminous,? explained Deputy Chief Bob Morin, adding the database will provide an efficient way to search the file?s contents. Morin said the police service is still ?very hopeful? it will be able to locate Keepness and reach a long-awaited conclusion to the investigation, which has been one of the largest in the history of the Regina police. ?We?re closer today than we were four years ago. We continue to work the file. As in all major investigations, they?re time-consuming and there is a lot of information to go through. We move forward. We?re farther ahead in the investigation than we were,? said Morin. The FSIN and the Saskatchewan First Nations? Women?s Commission are to host a barbecue today at 1 p.m. to mark the anniversary of Keepness? disappearance. The event will be held at the Core Community Park at 11th Avenue and Toronto Street and is open to the public. The Board of Police Commissioners is continuing to offer a $25,000 reward for any information that would lead to the discovery of her whereabouts. Anyone with information pertaining to Keepness? disappearance is asked to contact the Regina police at 777-6500, through its Web site (www.reginapolice.ca) or by calling Crime Stoppers at 545-8477.
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