Sunday, October 09, 2005

Still looking for Tamra Keepness

Good news. Apparently, the police are still looking for little Tamra Keepness, a five-year-old Native girl who disappeared from her home in Regina in July of 2004. I haven't read anything about Tamra for the longest time, so I'm glad to hear that she is not a "cold case file."

According to the Canadian Press, specially trained cadaver dogs from Calgary are supposed to search certain areas of Regina this weekend. Lara Rostad of the Regina police said the search is not based on any new information, but rather is a part of the ongoing investigation into Tamra's disappearance. Rostad said the Calgary team would spend "three days searching Wascana Lake, Wascana Creek and north Winnipeg Street with dogs trained to locate bodies and human remains."

There have also been comprehensive searches inside the family home and surrounding area, and air searches of the city, along with a search of an area near Echo Lake on the Pasqua First Nation. CP stated that six investigators have been assigned to the case. That's very encouraging.

I'm not hopeful about finding Tamra, although stranger things have happened. Who would have thought that Elizabeth Smart would have emerged from her kidnapping ordeal? Until proven otherwise, we must assume that Tamra may still be alive. Either way, her family deserves to know what happened to her. Let us hope that this intensified measure helps to bring some closure to a terrible situation.

Sigrid Mac

2 comments: said...

Hi there

I am one of the co-founders of a group known as Forever Searching. We formed in the aftermath of the Madeleine McCann abduction. Over the last 4 months we have become increasingly aware of other missing children, who need the same publicity.

We have been trying to contact Tamra's family, to advise them that we would like to raise awareness to Tamra. We are in the process of developing a web-site dedicated to the missing children, showing their photos and telling their stories. We would like their permission to show Tamra on our site. We would also like to extend an invite, for them to join the group as honorary members; this will give them the opportunity to provide direction and guidance via our private forum.

If this could be passed through to Tamra's family, we would be ever so grateful.

Thank you so much.

Kindest regards


Sigrid Macdonald said...


Thanks so much for posting on my blog.

It's wonderful that you formed your group after poor little Madeleine disappeared. Such a great title for the group as well -- Forever Searching -- sad but powerful and indicative of the ongoing nature of the problem.

I don't have any connection to the Keepness family but what I'd suggest is contacting the police in Regina. Surely they would know how to write or call the family because they investigated them and are involved on an ongoing basis. Maybe if you sent an e-mail to the police department, they would forward it or pass it on to the family rather than breaking their anonymity. It's possible they might be listed in the phone book, too.

Dean MacArthur is her stepfather and I found this listing on Canada 411:
McArthur, D & P
Regina, SK
(306) 525-1029

Troy Keepness is her biological father and Lorena Keepness is her mom, so this might be a possibility too:
Keepness, L more info
1834 Ottawa St
Regina, SK S4P 1P4
(306) 569-9832

Hope that's slightly helpful. Good luck!

Sigrid Macdonald
Author and Editor