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Title: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: Chris on April 01, 2007, 11:04:05 PM
(http://www.reginapolice.ca/graphics/missing%20person/keepness/Tamra_2.jpg)

The Regina Police Service has announced its next step in the investigation of the disappearance of Tamra Jewel KEEPNESS who has been missing from her home in the 1800 block Ottawa Street, since sometime after 11:00 p.m. on Monday, July 5, 2004.

In a news conference held at 2:00 p.m. today (July 13, 2004) at Regina Police Service Headquarters, Police Chief Cal Johnston, announced that the Regina Board of Police Commissioners has authorized a reward of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) for information leading directly to the discovery of the whereabouts of Tamra KEEPNESS.

?We are asking anyone with knowledge of any event, behaviour or other unusual activity connected to Tamra, the 1800 block of Ottawa Street, or other people and other locations possibly related to this matter to contact the Regina Police Service,? Chief Johnston said.

In addition to Crime Stopper (306-545-8477 OR 1-800-222-8477) and the regular police number 777-6500, a toll-free telephone number and special e-mail address have been established for this purpose.

The new toll free number is 1-866-80-TAMRA, or 1-866-808-2672. These numbers are now available through posters and the Regina Police Service website at www.police.regina.sk.ca. The website also provides an e-mail link for those who wish to submit information by e-mail. That address is tips@police.regina.sk.ca.

http://www.reginapolice.ca/newsroom.htm#tamra
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: Adrian on April 15, 2007, 08:38:14 PM


I hope with all my heart this little child, is safe somewhere, and is not being exploited. I hope, and pray above all else that she is alive

If by chance this little Tamra Keepness, has met her maker, she is safe.

But the vicious, perverted, jack ass who took her, and did wrong, may he die a fiery death!! I jave had it up to here with PEDOPHILESwho seem to think they can take, kidnap, kill or molest, and sexually abuse kids. They are SICK!!!They don't belong on planet earth... ??? >:( >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: THUNDRCLOUD on May 19, 2007, 03:35:14 PM
 >:(   I WOULD LIKE TO TORTURE THESE CREEPS MYSELF. THERE IS NO ROOM IN THIS WORLD FOR PREDATORS.

AND ADRIAN I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: Adrian on May 22, 2007, 01:59:49 PM


Thanks, I have absolutelty no tolerance for pedophiles. I think one took this little ga as she still not found.There were lot's of people coming and going.

Hate to say it folks, but believe that capital Punishment, will be more a he
lp nowadays, with solid DNA evidense, a person can be released from jail, resulting in the RIGHT person going in.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: ron on October 17, 2007, 10:52:45 PM

Tamra Jewel Keepness 
Tamra Jewel Keepness was last seen Monday night, July 5, 2004. Regina police and volunteers combed the city and surrounding area, but ended their search a week after she was last seen. Police then refocused their investigation on Tamra's family. Aboriginal leaders vowed to continue their own search for Tamra.

April 26, 2006:
Regina Police Chief Cal Johnston says the department is scaling back its investigation into the disappearance of Tamra Keepness. Johnston says investigators still don't have enough information to lay any charges.
? CBC STORY: Tamra Keepness task force reduced, police chief says

July 5, 2005:
Regina residents walk through Tamra's neighbourhood to mark the anniversary of her disappearance. In the past year, police have followed up on over 1,500 tips and interviewed more than 500 people. Hundreds of police and volunteer searchers have combed the city and surrounding area, but they have come up empty. Tamra?s mother, Lorena Keepness, believes her daughter was abducted and is still alive.
? CBC STORY: 1 year later, the mystery of Tamra Keepness remains unsolved

Sept. 11, 2004:
Saskatchewan police call off their search of the Muscowpetung First Nation reserve.
? CBC STORY: Still no trace of Tamra

Sept. 9, 2004:
Walter William Obey, a 31-year-old man from the Muscowpetung reserve, is charged with stealing a van 10 blocks away from Tamra Keepness's home the night she vanished. Police say they are investigating whether the theft is connected to Tamra's disappearance.
? CBC STORY: Man charged with stealing van near Tamra's home

Sept. 7, 2004:
New information prompts about 30 police and civilian volunteers to search the Muscowpetung First Nation, 65 kilometres northeast of Regina. The area was searched before after the burned-out remains of a van were found there.
? CBC STORY: Police back at reserve in hunt for Tamra

Aug. 20, 2004:
In an interview with CBC News, Tamra's stepfather Dean McArthur says he fears for his safety because police and people in Regina believe he played a role in her disappearance. "That's what I'm scared of ? people thinking that I'm guilty," he says. McArthur says he didn't enter the house when he visited, but instead he staggered, extremely drunk, to his aunt's house to sleep on her couch.
? CBC STORY: Tamra's stepfather: 'I would never hurt her'

Aug. 11, 2004:
Tamra's biological father, Troy Keepness, is charged with assault with a weapon for allegedly hitting her stepfather, Dean McArthur, with a baseball bat. McArthur says he wasn't hit and didn't ask for charges to be laid. "It's another misunderstanding," he says.
? CBC STORY: Tamra's father charged with assaulting her stepfather

Aug. 10, 2004:
Russell Sheepskin, who was staying in Tamra's home the night she disappeared, says he saw her sleeping on the couch at 3 a.m., four hours after her mother last reported seeing her. He says he was drinking with Tamra's stepfather, Dean McArthur, that evening, blacked out and woke up in his basement bedroom around 3 a.m. He says there were no other adults in the house and he checked on the six children, including Tamra. Sheepskin alleges McArthur later came home and attacked him on the porch. McArthur has been charged with assault, but the allegation has not been proven in court.
? CBC STORY: Man claims to have seen Tamra 4 hours after last sighting

Aug. 5, 2004:
Tamra's mother, Lorena Keepness, says Guy Lonechild, vice-chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, was mistaken when he said that her children were taken by child protection workers in the weeks before Tamra's disappearance. She says that over the past several years, her children have always been in the custody of either her or their father.
? CBC STORY: Tamra's mom denies children taken by social workers

Aug. 4, 2004:
Lonechild says the six Keepness children were under the care of provincial child protection officials until shortly before Tamra's disappearance. Lonechild says the province may not have given enough support to the family when the children were returned.
? CBC STORY: Child welfare system failed Tamra: native leader

Aug. 1, 2004:
After a two-day search, Regina police decide to stop looking for Tamra in the Pasqua aboriginal reserve. Aboriginal volunteers say they'll continue to hunt the six-square-kilometre area, using visions from the community's elders and an American medicine man for guidance.
? CBC STORY: Police stop searching Pasqua reserve for Tamra

July 31, 2004:
Police begin a search of a rural area northeast of Regina, including a provincial park and an aboriginal reserve, after receiving reports of strangers walking through a field in the area asking for directions.
? CBC STORY: Search for Tamra moves out of Regina

July 23, 2004:
Dean McArthur, stepfather of Tamra Keepness, is granted bail after being charged with assault. McArthur says the charge has nothing to do with Tamra's disappearance.
? CBC STORY: Stepfather of missing Regina girl granted bail

July 21, 2004:
Officials from Saskatchewan's Child Protection Branch remove the five remaining children living in Tamra's home. No reason is given for the removal.
? CBC STORY: Children removed from home of missing Regina girl

July 19, 2004:
Police provide a description of two vehicles they believe could help the case: an orange 1973 Volkswagen van and a red and silver GMC pickup truck.

The stepfather of Tamra Keepness, Dean McArthur, is charged with assault causing bodily harm after an incident on the night Tamra disappeared. Police say the victim of the alleged assault was a 33-year-old man who received stitches over his eye.
? CBC STORY: Missing Regina girl's stepdad charged in assault

July 15, 2004:
Saskatchewan becomes the last Canadian province to implement an Amber Alert system. Police say the system would not have helped Tamra. To issue an Amber Alert, police must have evidence the child has been abducted, and a description or licence plate number of the suspected kidnapper.
? CBC STORY: Saskatchewan launches Amber Alert system

July 14, 2004:
Regina police begin to investigate the family of Tamra Jewel Keepness. They say there were unexplained comings and goings on the night she disappeared. Tamra's stepfather, Dean McArthur, says Tamra's mother was not home on the right Tamra disappeared, and the family has become "key targets" of the investigation. The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations says First Nations volunteers will continue the search for Tamra.
? CBC STORY: Regina police to refocus on Keepness family

July 13, 2004:
Regina police offer a $25,000 reward to anyone providing leads to Tamra's location. But Regina police Chief Cal Johnston says any hope of finding Tamra alive diminishes each day. Police say the search for Tamra will resume if they receive more information, but they've run out of places to look for now.
? CBC STORY: Police offer $25,000 to help find Tamra


 
July 12, 2004:
Regina police call off the official search for Tamra.

July 11, 2004:
The search is expanded to include the woods and meadows on the city's outskirts. Police confirm that the fruitless search of Wascana Creek was undertaken because of visions from aboriginal elders.
? CBC STORY: Regina girl still missing after six days

July 10, 2004:
Police expand the search for Tamra to include more than 100 blocks east of Regina's downtown core. Cadets from the RCMP training academy join the search.
? CBC STORY: Police continue search for missing Regina girl

July 9, 2004:
Tamra's mother, Lorena Keepness, accuses Regina police of delaying their search for her daughter while they investigated the family. Regina police put another 50 officers on the search and expand the search beyond the nine-block area around Tamra's home.
? CBC STORY: Mother accuses Regina police of delays in search for missing daughter

July 8, 2004:
Police string tape around the house where Tamra lives with her mother and five siblings. Officers remove various items from the home as evidence. Police say there are no signs of struggle or forced entry at the home. More than 20 officers and 30 search-and-rescue volunteers, as well as family and friends, have been searching Regina's streets and back alleys.
? CBC STORY: Regina police search for 5-year-old girl

July 6, 2004:
3 a.m. Russell Sheepskin comes into the bedroom. He's made himself a plate of spaghetti. He can't remember when he got in. He's the only adult in the house. He says he saw Tamra on the couch. Around this time, Dean McArthur returns to check on the kids, allegedly beats up Sheepskin on the porch (he's charged only, not convicted) and leaves. Sheepskin leaves to get stitched up at the hospital and never enters the house again.

3;15 or 3:30 a.m. Lorena Keepness returns, climbs through the window, and falls asleep on the couch. She remains in the house from then until Tamra is reported missing.

Between 3 a.m. and 5 or 5:30 a.m. Dean McArthur claims he's wandering around downtown in a drunken haze looking for his aunt's house. He gets there about 5 or 5:30 and crashes on the couch. He doesn't return home until late the next evening, many hours after Tamra is reported missing.

11:30 a.m. Tamra's family calls police to report her missing.

July 5, 2004:
Tamra is last seen going to bed Monday night.

8:30 p.m. Dean McArthur leaves after an argument with Lorena Keepness. McArthur runs into Russell Sheepskin, they start drinking, sometime during that period. They return briefly to drop off a can of formula for McArthur's daughter, an eight-month-old girl. Then they go to the bar.

11 p.m. Lorena puts the kids to bed and leaves to visit a friend's townhouse. Eleven-year-old Summer Keepness is left in charge. There are no adults in the house.

Midnight. Lorena Keepness drops in at the house briefly to check on the kids. When she gets back to friend's townhouse, calls Summer with the phone number.




Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: Chris on October 18, 2007, 05:54:25 AM
investigators still don't have enough information to lay any charges
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Sounds like they know what happened, just not enough proof yet.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: Carol-Lynn on October 18, 2007, 10:48:04 AM
Adrin your right with DNA and a match the people that do this should fry and I would be the perfect person to flip the switch.I don't belive that we should waste or tax money keeping the ped's alive after there is a DNA match.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: T challa on December 09, 2007, 02:31:18 PM
I know her family as I live in the area she disappeared from. to bad the police have to follow the rules to make the parents talk. I know in my gut that they have something to do with her disappearance.I pray to God that she is not hurting. I hope that when this mystery is solved that who ever it was gets what they have owed to them. My ex works for the police dept. here so I heard a lot more than the public did. That is why I made the cooments I have made
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: Chris on December 09, 2007, 06:04:27 PM
That does not surprise me that there is more to this case then the public knows. I hope that the mystery is solved soon. Whoever did this is a coward of epic proporations and should never get out of prison ever!
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: worried woman on May 04, 2008, 11:17:09 PM
Can someone please make the mother and stepfather take a lie detector tests?!?!?!? For gosh sakes tell the mother it will clear her whether she had a part to do with it or not we just need a resolution for this baby girl!!!!!!!!!!!Like GOD why can't we have  a nancy grace in Canada at least for all these children???!?!?!?!
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: Chris on May 05, 2008, 12:34:35 AM
I wish we could give someone a lie detector test. But the courts give rights to people even when chilren are missing. I hope one day they get caught whoever did htis.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: debbiec on May 05, 2008, 11:53:06 AM
I don't think that evidence taken in a lie detector test is admissible in a court of law anyway because it is not always considered to be accurate. This house sounds like it was run like a gong show like so many of them are. It seems evident to me that someone in the family had something to do with this. I think the mother was completely negligent in her care of these kids leaving an 11 year old in charge. Aren't there legal repercussions for things  like that? The reason she lost custody of the other other five kids seems obvious (even though they said no reason was given). It appears to be a completely unfit home with a lot of drinking going on. No child should have to grow up in that environment. Hence the disfunctional family continues.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: Chris on May 06, 2008, 12:40:57 AM
And I think there was violence there too. I know the father beat up the step dad shortly afterward. I guess lots of people think the step dad did it. Either him, or his friends.
Title: New tool for search for Tamra Keepness
Post by: raisinpie on June 26, 2008, 06:03:15 PM
This may be posted elsewhere, my regrets if it is duplicated.  From the Regina Leader Post.

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=e953d4b8-61a6-4e39-9b18-169399fb9436
Title: Re: New tool for search for Tamra Keepness
Post by: Chris on June 26, 2008, 07:06:19 PM
Glad they are keeping this case in the news. The Regina police have been keeping this case in the press from day 1. It seems they probably already know who, just short on the proof right now. I hope they get it.
Title: Re: New tool for search for Tamra Keepness
Post by: raisinpie on June 27, 2008, 05:21:49 PM
Hello Chris,  yes, the police may well know who in Tamra's case... The rumors appear to be accurate with the Amber Redman case in that a month after her disappearance, there was the talk.. it did take 4 yrs for the RCMP to be able to make the arrests though... so they don't tell us everything they know! We just gotta keep praying that she is found....  :)
Title: Re: New tool for search for Tamra Keepness
Post by: Adrian on June 27, 2008, 05:55:28 PM
We need new technology in keeping records, of our missing children, and adults. I am happy that Saskatchewan is continuuing to keep Tamra, in the news.I still hope that Tamra is found, and her abductor is caught.

Thanks, raisinpie, for the link, and what is happening. Tamra Keepness is often on my mind, especially when I hear of crimes against children. :'(


New technology to be used in search for Tamra Keepness
 
Kerry Benjoe
Leader-Post

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

An undated photo of Tamra Keepness. This July marks four years since the little girl went missing from her Regina home.
CREDIT: Leader-Post file photo
An undated photo of Tamra Keepness. This July marks four years since the little girl went missing from her Regina home.

REGINA -- The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) is applauding the efforts of the Regina Police Service (RPS) in keeping the disappearance of Tamra Jewel Keepness in the public eye.

"A lot of people's hearts and minds are on this child and I think just the announcement of the database and the technology to increase the on-the-ground experience this police service has I think is welcome news," FSIN Vice-Chief Guy Lonechild said Thursday when the RPS announced the creation of a new database containing information about the case.

July 6 will mark the four-year anniversary of the disappearance of the then five-year-old Keepness, who was reported missing from her home on the 1800 block of Ottawa Street. A massive search ensued both in and out of the city but she was never found. The case has remained open.

A week after her disappearance the ground search was halted and the FSIN launched its own search. However that search also netted no results.

Lonechild was at the announcement of the new RPS database and said after four years any news or discussion is appreciated. He said since the disappearance, the FSIN's Women's Secretariat has been working to raise awareness of missing women and children.

"It's important because we keep missing people in Saskatchewan. It's unacceptable when it's children," said Lonechild.

He was equally thankful that the police will continue to advertise the $25,000 reward to encourage anyone with information to come forward.

"Today we just want to make sure the police commission and others will look at reinvigorating public efforts in terms of raising awareness that Tamra Keepness is still missing," said Lonechild. 

Chief of Police Troy Hagen said the RPS is forming a seven-person investigative team that will correlate and sift through the investigative file pertaining to Keepness. That information will be reformatted and entered into a database, making the large file far more accessible, explained Hagen.

"It will assist investigators in the future and throughout this process actually on extracting relevant information pertaining to the files we received in tips," said Hagen. "We will also be in a better position to evaluate any opportunities for further investigative methods that we might want to embark upon and look for any gaps we may have in relation to the file as well."

He explained that the RPS has had the technology for the past two years but as with anything new it took some time to learn the system. Due to the sheer volume of the Keepness file it was necessary to have the information added to the database.

"One of the challenges any police service always faces when they're faced with a very significant investigations is record management," said Hagen.

He anticipates the data entry will begin sometime in August and said it will likely take about four months to complete.

"Once the work is completed we're going to be in a far better position to service," said Hagen.

He said there will be some associated costs for the work but it's neither significant nor relevant.

"We want this matter resolved. We want to find out who is responsible for the disappearance of Tamra Keepness," said Hagen. "It's not a matter of dollars."

City Coun. Mark Fougere said the Keepness case is a priority for the FSIN, the police and the city.

"We're hoping this (database) will get us over the top and we'll have a solution," said Fougere. "I applaud (Hagen) for bringing this forward. It's a new way of looking at the issue. We're using all the resources and all the tools that we can to bring a resolution to the file. So we're very pleased."

kbenjoe@leaderpost.canwest.com

? Leader-Post 2008



Title: Re: New tool for search for Tamra Keepness
Post by: Chris on July 01, 2008, 05:36:13 PM
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The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) is applauding the efforts of the Regina Police Service (RPS) in keeping the disappearance of Tamra Jewel Keepness in the public eye.

That is true. From the beginning it seemed the media just wanted this case to go away, but those police kept putting back in the front pages. Even made national news. Good job Regina police! This case will be solved.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: debbiec on July 22, 2008, 04:29:04 PM
Every time I hear a story like this I wish every town had a police force that cared this much. I guess in some cases it isn't a matter of caring but maybe manpower and money. I applaud them too, for relentlessly trying to make sure that this beautiful little girl is found. Isn't it odd that it was the media that wanted this to go away. I wonder why? I thought it was often the other way around.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: Chris on July 22, 2008, 04:32:07 PM
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I wonder why? I thought it was often the other way around

Probably becasue it was on an urban indian reservation. I heard of this term called 'White Woman Syndrome' on an american TV station recently. It said that if the victim fits a certain profile, the media will give that almost ALL media coverage even though the demographic is very small. I think wikipedia defines the term on there site.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: debbiec on July 22, 2008, 04:50:56 PM
Thanks Chris, that makes sense. I just don't think that way so it never crossed my mind. Like has been mentioned before, it seems that what gets done is relevent to how important the victim is deemed to be by society. I'm happy to see that the police don't treat this as less than if it was a white child, and not on an indian reservation.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: Chris on July 22, 2008, 05:15:49 PM
I agree with you. It is wonderful what the police did with this case.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: naproxen on September 24, 2008, 02:10:16 PM
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I wonder why? I thought it was often the other way around

Probably becasue it was on an urban indian reservation. I heard of this term called 'White Woman Syndrome' on an american TV station recently. It said that if the victim fits a certain profile, the media will give that almost ALL media coverage even though the demographic is very small. I think wikipedia defines the term on there site.

who ever told you that this child went missing from an urban reserve - we have no urban reserves in regina (except for 2 retail gas outlets - NO RESIDENTIAL) -- this child went missing from the core area (inner city) of the city -- i've heard many speculations for tamra's disappearance ranging from: she was a payment for drugs, slave ring, a male from their party house raped and/or murdered her, etc -- there are just too many possibilities when a parent has no true regard for the child(ren)  -- there are too many discrepancies in what people who were 'there' have to say
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: Chris on September 25, 2008, 08:54:37 AM
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who ever told you that this child went missing from an urban reserve

No one, I just assumed. Sorry I was wrong on that.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: Adrian on September 28, 2008, 07:36:39 AM


I hope, that Tamara is in the arms of the Creator. If she is alive, I wish, she is with people who care, and will protect her. I would hate to think she was sold, or raped and discarded, or ran off, scared with the fighting that night. A predator could have easily picked her up.

I hope the perpetrator of this crime, is caught, if she was taken, and look for Justice. Someone must of known what happened that night!!! Was there any pedophiles there, or anyone with a history of baby raping, skinners? Please open up, to allow Justice for Tamra Keepness!
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: mauvelilac on February 13, 2009, 03:46:19 PM
http://www.briansprediction.com/MISSING/publicr/615.htm

I don't agree with Brian. I believe she's near Indian Head, Saskatchewan and she is deceased. The person who took her wanted to take her twin as well but the other child was very loud and he didn't want anyone to be alerted. This person was known to family members and had expressed an affection to both children.
However, I do hope Brian is right and I am wrong.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: aunty jay on February 18, 2009, 11:03:41 AM
Maurvel. Can you tell me where Brian's information comes from?  I am interested in this as Courtney went missing so soon after so I am interested in information about people in the area at the time.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: mauvelilac on February 18, 2009, 11:26:51 AM
Brian is a remote viewer. He literally sleeps on the request. He dreams like on the show the "Medium". I dream too but only about certain cases. Sometimes he gets a lot of information, sometimes just a bit.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: aunty jay on February 18, 2009, 01:34:41 PM
Brian is a remote viewer. He literally sleeps on the request. He dreams like on the show the "Medium". I dream too but only about certain cases. Sometimes he gets a lot of information, sometimes just a bit.
So he could be someone who could help us with Courtney.  Is he usually correct?
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: mauvelilac on February 18, 2009, 03:05:18 PM
He has a good record. I don't agree with him on Cedrika, Tamra and there was one other case but I keep an open mind. I can be wrong too. He's worth a shot Aunty. When you have a missing child anything is worth a shot. But a warning, he took a year to do Cedrika's and it would have been longer but I asked for a special favour. So be prepared to wait.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: aunty jay on February 18, 2009, 03:48:44 PM
A year seems like nothing now we have waited 4 years for nothing.  I have sent him an email so I hope he answers it.  I can not seeem to find the dream he had about Tamara I looked it just seemed to send me in circles.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: mauvelilac on February 18, 2009, 03:51:58 PM
The link doesn't work for you? It should bring you directly to the dream. I'll check it again.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: mauvelilac on February 18, 2009, 03:55:33 PM
ok, just checked the link, that's the right page, case #615 you just have to scroll down the page to see his dream.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: lostlinganer on February 18, 2009, 04:01:39 PM
It's interesting and enlightening to note, while Brian scribbles sketches - the results of his dreams.... he always includes the clearly "typed" words below the actual sketch.... for clarity.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: aunty jay on February 18, 2009, 05:24:27 PM
Thanks the link worked I was trying to find it on the site and I was going around in circles.  It is interesting because Grand Forks is a little town about a half hour from here over the boarder.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: waabzy on April 23, 2009, 03:24:04 PM
Work Continuing On Keepness Case
$25,000 reward for info extended
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Reported By Patrick Book
Posted April 23, 2009 - 1:28pm

http://www.newstalk980.com/story/20090423/15415

Nearly five years after her disappearance the Regina Police Service insists its still hoping to bring some kind of closure to the case of Tamra Keepness.

The five year-old First Nations girl went missing from her family's Core-area home in June of 2004 and extensive searches have failed to turn up conclusive evidence of her whereabouts.

On Thursday the Police Service's Board voted to extend the deadline for a $25,000 dollar reward for information that leads to her whereabouts to the end of the year. Officers are hoping the incentive will spur the public to provide information that will push the case along.

Police Chief Troy Hagen says six members spent five months late last year combing through the file and adding it to a special computer database, which helped produce a few more investigative ideas.

"Some of those tasks have been completed, some are still on-going. As a result we still have members working on the file. Depending on the task we can have one or up to a dozen officers involved."

Hagen says there are currently two officers assigned to the file full-time.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: Edsonmom on July 05, 2009, 09:38:58 PM
Regina girl still missing after 5 years
Tamra Keepness was last seen by her mother on July 5, 2004
Last Updated: Friday, July 3, 2009 | 7:07 PM CT
Police have followed more than 1,500 tips investigating the 2004 disappearance of Tamra Jewel Keepness. (CBC)This weekend marks a grim anniversary for the family of Tamra Jewel Keepness — it has been five agonizing years since the little girl disappeared from her Regina home.

It was on the night of July 5, 2004, that Tamra's mother, Lorena Keepness, last saw the five-year-old with the black hair and the big smile at their home on the 1800 block of Ottawa Street in Regina's core area.

The next day, she was reported missing. Despite the largest search effort the city has ever seen, involving the police, the province, volunteers and her family, she hasn't been found.

Ellen Keewatin, whose nephew Troy Keepness is Tamra's father, says she plans to keep searching. As recently as last week, she and her family pursued a new tip, she said.

"We are still looking in places and meeting with investigators," Keewatin said.

"I think sometimes we know a little more than the police because the moccasin telegraph is quite accurate and people tell us things they don't share with the police."

Police have received more than 1,500 calls on the case over the past five years.

Details missing
However, they are still lacking information about what happened on the crucial night, including details about the comings and goings of Lorena Keepness, boyfriend Doug McArthur and family friend Russell Sheepskin.

"We know that there are people who have pieces of information that would be helpful and we would ask that they come forward and report those to us," Regina police Supt. Rick Bourassa said.

The file remains open, although it has been taken over by the police service's historical case unit.

The Regina Board of Police Commissioners recently approved the extension of a $25,000 reward for information leading to the discovery of Tamra's whereabouts. People with information are asked to call the city police at (306) 777-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Bourassa said he hopes the anniversary of the girl's disappearance will encourage people to come forward.

The years since Tamra disappeared have not always been kind to members of the family. Lorena Keepness has moved frequently, having been evicted from several homes in Regina.

Tamra's siblings are in foster care. Her father, Troy Keepness, was recently released from jail on other matters.

He told CBC News he doesn't want to keep dwelling on his daughter's disappearance, but he needs to know if she's alive or dead.

The whole family hopes there will be closure soon, Keewatin said.

A barbecue to remember Tamra and create more awareness around her disappearance is being held in Regina on Sunday. It begins at 1 p.m. at the Core Community Park in Regina, in the same neighbourhood where she vanished.
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/saskatchewan/story/2009/07/03/keepness-tamra.html
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: bree.c on September 18, 2009, 10:37:06 PM
I really hate to say this just because it is so negative and defeatest, but in my opinion Tamra didn't survive the night. I know that sounds horrible but if you watch her mom talk she is not a woman that is holding out hope that she will ever see her child again, she is a woman mourning her child. She knows what happened that night, I will put money on it.
I pray to God that that little girl didn't suffer but there is no doubt in my mind that she was killed hours before the missing persons report was filled. There is just to much evidence that points to the fact the no one could have taked her without someone in the house knowing.
Of course this is just my opinion and I pray to God that I am wrong but something in me says that she didn't survive that night.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: Chris on September 24, 2009, 11:33:16 PM
I agree with you. I don't think she did either. I too owuld put my money on the mother knowsing something. One of those people in house did it.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: Concerned on July 06, 2010, 08:49:58 PM
6 years. She was 5 when missing. She would be 11 now. She deserves to be found. $25,000 reward, unclaimed.

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Regina remembers missing girl
Last Updated: Tuesday, July 6, 2010 | 11:18 AM CST
It's been six years since the disappearance of Tamra Keepness was reported to police, but she hasn't been forgotten.

On July 6, 2004, the five-year-old was reported missing from her home on the 1800 block of Ottawa Street, east of Regina's downtown.

That touched off the largest search in Regina's history; one that involved hundreds of police and volunteers, who scoured the city streets and back alleys in search of clues.

She was never found. After a year went by, a new six-person team of detectives was put together to take a fresh look at all the evidence.

Thousands of tips were received, but police never made an arrest and haven't been able to explain how or why the little girl disappeared.

Reward still unclaimed

As time went by, the investigation was scaled back, but the case remains open and is being handled by the historical case unit, police said this week.

They're offering a $25,000 reward for anyone who can help them find her.

The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations hosted a barbecue in the Core Community Park on Monday to raise awareness that the search continues.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the Regina Police Service at 777-6500 or Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/saskatchewan/story/2010/07/06/sk-tamra-keepness-1007.html
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: capeheart on August 04, 2010, 10:30:50 AM
Tamra didn't have a chance, living in that environment. It sure sounds like a place that not even an adult who was a caring individual would be able to close their eyes. You certainly would be sleeping with one eye open. I too, do not believe that Tamra survived that night. Too much was going on and surely it was not a good environment for a child. Too much time has gone by with no justice for Tamra. Police, you have got to get to the bottom of this case. It is now six years and still no arrests. This was a valuable little life and someone did harm to the child, for God's sake get this investigation in high gear. :o :o :o :o :o
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: lostlinganer on August 04, 2010, 07:19:22 PM
dickie; if you check your private messages, I sent you mauvelilac's email address (with her permission of course)  You can email her your questions or concerns.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: aunty jay on July 05, 2011, 07:19:48 PM
Today marks 7 years since Tamara went missing and it is as if she has been forgotten
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: aunty jay on July 06, 2011, 07:29:43 AM
http://www.leaderpost.com/Tamra+Keepness+family+still+hope/5054535/story.html
I stand corrected.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: Chris on July 07, 2011, 01:12:55 AM
I am glad they are still looking for tips. I think they will solve this one day.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: jellybean on July 08, 2011, 09:33:48 PM
Molestation, murder and dumping her little body is probably the whole sad  story.
Children are often regarded as lesser than .......... (we adults,?)
This child never had a chance, and was probably short changed in her young life, when she was alive!!

PEACE
JB
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: jellybean on August 03, 2011, 05:52:01 PM
http://www.leaderpost.com/Tamra+Keepness+family+still+hope/5054535/story.html

Tamra Keepness’ family still has hope
By Ashley Martin, Leader-PostJuly 5, 2011
Inspector Dean Rae (right) with the Regina Police Service serves Gary Johns (left) and his daughter, Hopey Henderson, 6, both from the Muskowekwan First Nations, during a remembrance barbecue hosted by the FSIN at the Core Community Park at 11th Avenue and Toronto Street in Regina on July 05, 2011. Tamra Jewel Keepness has been missing since July 6, 2004.
 
Photograph by: Don Healy, Leader-Post
 

REGINA — A sunny Tuesday afternoon in the Core Community Park brought on some tearful moments for Ellen Keewatin.
 
Keewatin is the kokum and great-aunt of Tamra Keepness, the bright-eyed five-year-old who disappeared from her Ottawa Street home in the middle of the night on July 5 seven years ago.
 
The barbecue in the park on 11th Avenue and Toronto Street was a way of drawing attention to the fact that she remains missing, despite 1,600 tips to police over the years.
 
“It means a lot to see people coming out, that people are still here for us,” said Keewatin. “Aboriginal and non-aboriginal being together, which very seldom happens.”
 
Regina police Chief Troy Hagen hopes the event will generate discussion about Tamra’s disappearance and lead to new tips in the case.
 
“Every time you receive information,” said Hagen, “it advances the investigation to some degree.”
 
Keewatin and her family have refused to stop praying that Tamra will be found.
 
“She was a baby when she went missing, and how would you feel if that was your child that went missing? I think you would be out there still searching and not giving up either,” she said.
 
Added Hagen, “We haven’t given up hope that we’ll secure her and return her to her family ... There’s been no evidence to surface to suggest she has been harmed.”
 
The police are offering a $25,000 reward for information that concludes the case.
 
The Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) is also offering a $10,000 reward, to expire on Aug. 5, for information leading to Tamra’s whereabouts.
 
Wendy Christensen, MCSC investigation unit manager, said there are many other factors that might motivate people to come forward after so many years of keeping quiet.
 
“(If) somebody has a guilty conscience, maybe someone knew something but was afraid to come forward,” said Christensen. “It could be someone who now has a child of their own and knows they have to do the right thing. ... I believe the answers are there and you can’t give up. You can’t give up for the family and you can’t give up for the child.”
 
Joy Struble, whose 13-year-old daughter Courtney disappeared in Estevan just four days after Tamra went missing, also remains hopeful, even though her daughter’s case is now a homicide file.
 
“Until we find remains, we will always have hope that she’s alive,” said Struble. “That is the ultimate goal.”
 
Should that dream never come true, “It’s not something that is going to ever heal,” she added. “People talk about closure and it makes me angry to hear that word because it’s somebody’s life. After, or even if, we find remains, there’s no closure for it. She’s a person. She’s in every part of our life, and always will be.”
 
“Some of these kids just seem to disappear off the face of the earth, Courtney being one of them, and Tamra too,” said Phyllis Hallatt, president of Child Find Saskatchewan. But one case offers a glimmer for these families — a boy who was missing almost two decades and was eventually found.
 
“If somebody can be found after 17 1/2 years, why would we quit? Especially when it’s only seven years,” said Hallatt. “Somebody knows something, and someday, somebody will come forth, and those tips will lead law enforcement to the right person.”
 
In 2009, there were 2,993 children reported missing in Saskatchewan.
 
Anyone with a tip on Tamra’s or Courtney’s cases can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
 
Tamra’s family recognizes that some people might not be comfortable speaking with police, and encourages anyone with news to call or text Lucinda at 201-2153.
 
“We don’t want to be left confused and wondering and hurting. Put an end to the hurt. Somebody put an end to the hurt,” said Keewatin.
 
amartin@leaderpost.com


Read more: http://www.leaderpost.com/Tamra+Keepness+family+still+hope/5054535/story.html#ixzz1U0rmqMra

Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: aunty jay on August 04, 2011, 06:33:10 AM
Jelly bean how do you know anything about this family. How do you know any of that pertains to this little girl?

Molestation, murder and dumping her little body is probably the whole sad  story.
Children are often regarded as lesser than .......... (we adults,?)
This child never had a chance, and was probably short changed in her young life, when she was alive!!

underlining probably doesn't make the statement have less of an impact.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: jellybean on August 04, 2011, 04:05:29 PM
Aunty Jay.

Kindly read post #4 and post #12. - This may provide  important facts leading up to and the reason's why Tamra is missing----Very sad reading indeed!

There was a time when children had freedom to run and play and be with friends and they were safe. They were known by their neighbours, and the neighbours kept an eye on all of the little kids in their neighbourhood.  Sadly, this no longer the case. Our society is just  too busy.
One can no longer trust their children with or being around (some) neighbours, and in fact even distant family members. And for the most part being trusting people, we often find out otherwise and then it is too late. It is a sad state of affairs when we must rob our children of freedom in order to keep them safe. This scenario is not healthy for them either!

Let us hope that Tamara and Courney were abducted  and raised by childless couples, so that they  may be found and returned to their real families.

Thanks

Jellybean
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: aunty jay on August 04, 2011, 08:21:49 PM
I have read all posts however let me tell you something nobody knows why or if Tamara was abducted or what happened to her hense the reason that this has not been solved.

Let us hope that Tamara and Courney were abducted  and raised by childless couples, so that they  may be found and returned to their real families.

As for my niece Courtney's case if you think this statement makes he happy or makes you more intelligent because people should not care as long as children are abducted by childless couples who in your opinion raise them properly until they can be returned to their real families. It absolutely does not.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: jellybean on August 05, 2011, 09:08:55 AM
aunty jay; What I meant was , since these children are missing,  the best case would be while they are missing -  they are safe, and will be returned home soon.
Children disappear into thin air, and as it has been pointed out in the recent news article, some have been found and returned to their families. That is what I meant, when I said let us hope etc. etc. Poor choice of words on my part, and I apologize.
As for your Courtney, she lived in a small town, a relatively safe community. She was well liked, and appreciated by her family. Who would ever have thought that she would vanish into thin air.  If this happened to her, then it could have happened to any child.
All the best in your locating her and as a parent myself, you have to go where your heart leads you. She is lucky that she has you for an Aunt, in being  her advocate for her safe return.

PEACE
JB


JB
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: aunty jay on August 05, 2011, 08:08:43 PM
Jellybean with all due respect you tell me one case of children who disappeared into thin air and i will give you a medal. There is no such case they were either snatched or taken against their will. They are never treated like normal children. They have to lie about there names and such. She did not vanish into thin air.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: jellybean on August 05, 2011, 08:16:37 PM
Vanish into thin air, is an expression only. As you know, often there are not any witnesses. Snatched?  Aunty Jay, you are so right!! How tragic.  These children snatchers are cowards, and I could call them many other things, but i don't think I would be allowed to print the names that I would like to call them. You never know, there just may be someone out there who hasn't had a good nite's sleep in years.......
and will eventually step forward. Let us hope!!

Take care now,

PEACE
JB
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: aunty jay on August 07, 2011, 10:58:01 AM
 
Let us hope that Tamara and Courney were abducted  and raised by childless couples, so that they  may be found and returned to their real families.

Statements like this one are the reason that people keep doing this to families. They truely believe they are helping these children and giving them a better life. Next you are going to say we should not worry about or prosecute these people or parental abductions because they were doing the right thing for the children.

Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: aunty jay on August 07, 2011, 02:53:14 PM
SAP with all do respect I have lived this nightmare for the last 7 years. that is exactly what she said and that is the whole problem with peoples thinking and that is why no one comes forward with information in these cases. HOW do you know what circumstances Tamara was raised in are you a family member or anyone connected to her? People hear news reports and assume that they know what that persons life was like and they have no idea. Her family still comes out every year and supports the police looking for her. How do you know that this was not an isolated instance where her mom went out? And has this lady ever came forward to the police with the lies the mother told?
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: debbiec on August 07, 2011, 04:05:55 PM
This $10,000.00 reward has now expired, but there is still a $25,000.00 reward being offered by the Regina police for anyone with information that leads to Tamra's whereabouts.



Tuesday, July 5, 2011$10,000 reward announced in Tamra Keepness case
 

MCSC reward for information marks 7th anniversary of disappearance

Tomorrow, July 5th, marks 7 years since little Tamra Keepness vanished from her home in Regina. In an ongoing effort to encourage the public to come forward with information, the Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) has announced a limited-time offer of $10,000 for information leading to Tamra’s whereabouts. The reward offer boosts the $25,000 reward that is currently being offered by Regina Police.

“Someone out there knows what happened to Tamra,” explained Bob Moseley, a former police detective and an MCSC Investigator assisting in Tamra’s case. “We are offering them an opportunity to help find this child, and to collect a sizeable reward in return. But this is a limited time offer, and we need the public to come forward now.”

MCSC’s reward of $10,000 will expire in one month on August 6th, 2011. Until that time, someone who holds a key piece of information in Tamra’s case has the chance to collect a total of $35,000 in combination with the Regina Police’s reward offer.

Help us raise awareness on the disappearance of Tamra and the reward being offered by visiting our Facebook page and sharing the photo of this poster to your network – because the search must continue.


http://missingchildrencanada.blogspot.com/2011/06/10000-reward-announced-in-tamra.html (http://missingchildrencanada.blogspot.com/2011/06/10000-reward-announced-in-tamra.html)
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: debbiec on August 07, 2011, 04:43:49 PM
from SAP:
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I don't know if this case was an isolated instance but I do know that SS don't take kids away from parents for the heck of it. The children had just been returned to their parents when this happened. Read up on Russel Sheepskin ... what well meaning parent would enlist such a man to babysit such young children? All those around the house that night drank to the point of passing out somewhere and not recalling anything for hours. Isolated or not, responsible parents wouldn't carry on like that.
Whether this lady told police, I don't know. As you know, police often want proof of anything told to them.

I agree with this statement SAP. After reading all I could find regarding this case I've been left with the feeling that this household was not a very healthy environment for children. As you've said, these children had been removed prior to this and just returned. SS would not have removed them for no reason.

I can't help but feel that someone that was in the house that night knows what happened to Tamra.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: aunty jay on August 08, 2011, 06:48:58 AM
SAP I have read all of this case because for the first while that Court went missing I wondered if the two cases were connected in some way. SS I will agree do not take children away for nothing. Do I know there were issues in the home yes I do however that is a far cry from molestation. The police do not want evidence they want people who have directly had contact with this family to come forward and share. If the lady you speak of directly not third hand talked to Tamara's mom and she admitted to lies they will look at that.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: me on August 08, 2011, 08:54:01 AM
Are there any age-progression images available to show what Tamra might look like now?
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: aunty jay on August 08, 2011, 08:53:59 PM
me I have never seen any.  I think someone should definately do one. I think people truely believed this poor little girl never actually went missing and that something unfortunate happened to her that day.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: Chris on August 08, 2011, 11:04:48 PM
I also think there are people who know something but do not want to tell police. That mentally reaelly really bothers me!
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: jellybean on August 17, 2011, 08:56:13 PM
Thanks SAP, for better articulating what I meant to say about TAMRA, and her home life. I was trying to avoid the obvious in my previous comment.  I noticed, upon reading all of the articles, that there were other children there as well, and came to the conclusion that  their personal safety was also at peril.

The expectation that children can look after themselves, is a formula for disaster!!

As we know sadly, we read, and hear about it all too often!

Children deserve respect.

That was not the case in Tamra's home.
In fact, by the drunkenness of the adults in that home that night, makes one wonder.  I would say that THE ADULTS  NEEDED SUPERVISION.
It is way too late for any  correction now.  The broken path of irresponsibility  was taken, and Tamra is gone!!
Now it is a matter of picking up the pieces. JB  :'(
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: aunty jay on July 04, 2012, 08:42:42 PM
http://www.leaderpost.com/news/Police+public+information+anniversary+disappearance+approaches/6884755/story.html

Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: jellybean on July 06, 2012, 06:02:34 PM
We thank you for the article Aunty Jay. Tamra looks like a little jewel, and I am impressed that the police have not given up, her family has not given up,  and neither has the Saskatchewan public at large given up.
Hopefully, they will find out what happened to Tamra, by way of the "right tip".
Something ugly happened to her that night as she lay sleeping -----
Never know, the right tip may even happen at the barbecue!
Let us hope that this year is the year for Tamra Jewel Keepness.
God bless her and others like her who are missing. All children are beautiful, innocent and precious, and deserve a caring and loving environment filled with security.

JB
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: cana_nomad on September 16, 2012, 02:29:53 AM
Is there an age enhanced photo for Tamra?  I can't find one and there should be one put out by now.

Also, on the AMW website, it mentions she has a twin sister- are they identical?

Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: cana_nomad on September 23, 2012, 01:24:15 PM
Are our posts being deleted? ???

I saw someone else post something about also not being able to find Tamra's age-enhancement photo and responded to that as well, but both posts are now gone??

Anyway, this was my reply:

I ask about an age-enhancement because I was walking home one day (I am living in Regina for a bit) and I saw a little girl who looked familiar to me, but couldn't put my finger on why.  For one reason or another, it bugged me and I was typing a paper for a class not even remotely related to this, when Tamra's name just popped into my head.  I'm wondering if I saw her twin- not sure how old this kid was that I saw, but looks around 11-12 to me and has features that looked like Tamra to me.  Of course, could just be another kid who looks similar to her/the twins.

Did the family stay in Regina, does anyone know? 

I know this may sound like a longshot, but again, stranger things (ie: Jaycee Dugard) have happened so I will keep revisiting that area/keeping my eyes peeled.  But yes, an age-enhancement photo would be really helpful.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: debbiec on September 23, 2012, 02:07:46 PM
Hi cana_nomad,

As far as I know, no posts have been deleted from this thread. Admin would have no reason to delete a post as mild as the one you've re-posted.

Debbie
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: debbiec on September 23, 2012, 02:21:53 PM
I have posted an article from the Regina Police website, from July of this year. July 5th marked eight years since Tamra disappeared.


Released July 4, 2012

Tamra Keepness: We Have Not Forgotten

Tomorrow, July 5, 2012, will mark eight years since the disappearance of then-five-year-old Tamra Jewel KEEPNESS of Regina. The Regina Police Service continues to investigate the disappearance of Tamra KEEPNESS and urges anyone with information that could assist this investigation to contact police. As the eight-year mark in this investigation approaches, the Regina Police Service assures the family of Tamra KEEPNESS and the public that this matter is still an open investigation.

On July 6, 2004, then-five year-old Tamra Jewel KEEPNESS was reported missing. She was last seen at her home in the 1800 block of Ottawa Street at approximately 11:00 p.m. on Monday, July 5, 2004. In the hours immediately following the report of her disappearance and the days, weeks and years since, the Regina Police Service has conducted hundreds of interviews and followed up on thousands of tips and leads. In spite of these efforts, the investigation into her disappearance has not located Tamra KEEPNESS nor produced an explanation as to how or why she disappeared.

The investigation into the disappearance of Tamra KEEPNESS continues. The Regina Police Service believes that there is information that could advance this investigation but, for reasons unknown, the person or persons who hold this knowledge have not come forward. The Regina Board of Police Commissioners has approved the extension of the 25-thousand dollar reward for information leading to the discovery of the whereabouts of Tamra KEEPNESS.

Anyone with information that could assist in this investigation is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 777-6500 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

http://www.reginapolice.ca/missingpersons.php (http://www.reginapolice.ca/missingpersons.php)
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: jellybean on September 23, 2012, 04:27:29 PM
Tamara Jewel Keepness, what a beautiful name to give to a baby girl.  Tamara Jewell, it is soft sounding and rolls off the tongue.

Whatever happened to Tamara, obviously is being kept a secret by persons unknown.
What goes around,  comes around, so "they" say.
If a little human life was worthless to the perp, then he should expect the same treatment as he travels on within life's journey.  And is probably receiving it right  now! 

If you know what happened to Tamara Jewell, speak up - man or woman , and let this family have some peace. 

If you had a grudge against the family, then at least let innocent  Tamara's spirit rest in peace.

Her innocent spirit deserves that much.  Tamara did nothing wrong.
Her spirit does not deserve to be earth bound, but to be able to return to her Maker.
You can make that happen for Tamara Jewell.


Call up crime stoppers and leave a tip!!

You just might be able to get a good nite's sleep without nightmares.

Here are the numbers to call... Crime Stoppers does not record your name - you can call in and leave that tip with them - without the cops knowing who placed it -

Anyone with information that could assist in this investigation is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 777-6500 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

JB
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: aunty jay on September 23, 2012, 06:37:36 PM


Anyway, this was my reply:

I ask about an age-enhancement because I was walking home one day (I am living in Regina for a bit) and I saw a little girl who looked familiar to me, but couldn't put my finger on why.  For one reason or another, it bugged me and I was typing a paper for a class not even remotely related to this, when Tamra's name just popped into my head.  I'm wondering if I saw her twin- not sure how old this kid was that I saw, but looks around 11-12 to me and has features that looked like Tamra to me.  Of course, could just be another kid who looks similar to her/the twins.

Did the family stay in Regina, does anyone know? 

I know this may sound like a longshot, but again, stranger things (ie: Jaycee Dugard) have happened so I will keep revisiting that area/keeping my eyes peeled.  But yes, an age-enhancement photo would be really helpful.

cana to my knowledge I do not believe there is an age progressive picture of Tamara anywhere. The other children were taken from the family and I believe are living with relatives in another place.  Tamara and her sister were identical if I recall correctly.



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Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: jellybean on September 24, 2012, 01:42:24 PM
Auntie Jay - it would be great if you saw her.  It would be great if she was taken away from her family in the middle of the night, and lives a well cared for life.

I hope that your sighting (potentially) is Tamara Jewell.

I hope that you reported this possible sighting to the police.  Don't wait for an age enhancement - as it won't be forthcoming any time soon - you can count on it.

jb
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: aunty jay on September 24, 2012, 05:54:02 PM
jellybean it was not me who thought they saw Tamara it was cana.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: jellybean on September 25, 2012, 12:52:57 PM
Well then, have the person from Cana give this information to the police.
Whomever it is who spotted her, potentially it could be her, have a cititzens's duty to report it.

They should not mull it over, and guess, and wonder - they should report it.  Age progression, why ask, why wait!!

It is not up to the "spotter" to decide if it is her or not, it is and always will be up to the police!!

It should be reported to the police, so that they can investigate it.  It is not up to the "spotter" to make this judgment call - "is it her, or is it not"?

In the end, it will be the police who will work on her case, not you, not me, nor anyone else in the general public.
Tips are important!!

jb 
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: jobo on September 25, 2012, 01:08:16 PM
I contacted the OPP twice, at the beginning of the year.  It was for two different cases, Once I phoned, and once by e-mail.  Both times I received polite and thankful responses.  Eventhough my TIPS didn't pan out, I would do it again if I felt I might have something to offer.  Like Jellybean said, the Police can make the judgement call whether or not the TIP is relevant. 
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: cana_nomad on October 11, 2012, 04:10:26 PM
Hey guys,

Sorry it took awhile to get back to you.

It's not her, the kid I saw turned out to be way too young, even if her name was changed or something.

Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: Annastaisha on January 25, 2014, 04:56:20 PM
Tamra Jewel Keepness
Child Goes Missing From House Full of Adults

From: CBC News

Missing in Regina
CBC News Online | April 27, 2006

Tamra Jewel Keepness was last seen Monday night, July 5, 2004. Regina police and volunteers combed the city and surrounding area, but ended their search a week after she was last seen. Police then refocused their investigation on Tamra's family. Aboriginal leaders vowed to continue their own search for Tamra.

April 26, 2006:
Regina Police Chief Cal Johnston says the department is scaling back its investigation into the disappearance of Tamra Keepness. Johnston says investigators still don't have enough information to lay any charges.

July 5, 2005:
Regina residents walk through Tamra's neighborhood to mark the anniversary of her disappearance. In the past year, police have followed up on over 1,500 tips and interviewed more than 500 people. Hundreds of police and volunteer searchers have combed the city and surrounding area, but they have come up empty. Tamra’s mother, Lorena Keepness, believes her daughter was abducted and is still alive.

Sept. 9, 2004:
Walter William Obey, a 31-year-old man from the Muscowpetung reserve, is charged with stealing a van 10 blocks away from Tamra Keepness's home the night she vanished. Police say they are investigating whether the theft is connected to Tamra's disappearance.

Aug. 20, 2004:
In an interview with CBC News, Tamra's stepfather Dean McArthur says he fears for his safety because police and people in Regina believe he played a role in her disappearance. "That's what I'm scared of – people thinking that I'm guilty," he says. McArthur says he didn't enter the house when he visited, but instead he staggered, extremely drunk, to his aunt's house to sleep on her couch.

Sept. 7, 2004:
New information prompts about 30 police and civilian volunteers to search the Muscowpetung First Nation, 65 kilometers northeast of Regina. The area was searched before after the burned-out remains of a van were found there.

Aug. 11, 2004:
Tamra's biological father, Troy Keepness, is charged with assault with a weapon for allegedly hitting her stepfather, Dean McArthur, with a baseball bat. McArthur says he wasn't hit and didn't ask for charges to be laid. "It's another misunderstanding," he says.

Aug. 10, 2004:
Russell Sheepskin, who was staying in Tamra's home the night she disappeared, says he saw her sleeping on the couch at 3 a.m., four hours after her mother last reported seeing her. He says he was drinking with Tamra's stepfather, Dean McArthur, that evening, blacked out and woke up in his basement bedroom around 3 a.m. He says there were no other adults in the house and he checked on the six children, including Tamra. Sheepskin alleges McArthur later came home and attacked him on the porch. McArthur has been charged with assault, but the allegation has not been proven in court.


 

 



Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: SAP on July 02, 2014, 09:55:01 AM
http://globalnews.ca/news/1415381/reward-money-has-doubled-for-information-in-the-tamra-keepness-case/

REGINA – Regina Police have doubled the reward for information in the case of the disappearance of Tamra Keepness.

The reward for information has been upped to $50-thousand effective immediately and will remain in effect until December 31, 2015.

Tamra Keepness was five years old when she disappeared from her home in the 1800 block of Ottawa street in July 2004.

Family and friends, including Keepness’ father Troy, say they maintain hope of bringing the young girl home.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: cana_nomad on July 02, 2014, 06:33:26 PM
After having spoken to people living in Regina, the widespread belief is that Tamra is not with us.  I really think someone in that house got a little too drunk and reckless and an accident happened and then people panicked.  I hate sharing suspicions like these but what else are we supposed to think at this point?  I think the police know who probably did it but don't have enough evidence.   
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: SAP on July 03, 2014, 09:30:59 AM
I think you are correct Cana. I wish some of those same people had been given a poly. My thoughts have always been on that person who squatted in that residence. Both parents were away from the house for a time while he was still there. Tamara should have been with the other children in the bedroom.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: jellybean on November 03, 2014, 10:26:50 AM
http://regina.ctvnews.ca/regina-police-look-into-online-post-about-tamra-keepness-1.2084094

Click on above to see map

Regina police look into online post about Tamra Keepness

CTV Regina
 Published Monday, November 3, 2014 8:21AM CST 
 Last Updated Monday, November 3, 2014 8:40AM CST 


Regina police are looking into an online post about the disappearance of Tamra Keepness.

A hand-drawn map appeared on the popular website Reddit on Sunday.

The map, posted by a user called "my-secret-is-out," purports to show the location of Keepness, the little girl who went missing more than 10 years ago.

The subject of the post says: "It's time. Possible location of Tamra Keepnees, check the wells."

Keepness was five years old when she disappeared from her home in the 1800 block of Ottawa Street on the evening of July 5, 2004.

This past July, the reward for information in the case was doubled to $50,000.

Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: jobo on November 03, 2014, 01:00:49 PM
I hope the Police check this out thoroughly.......they should be able to figure out the map since they would be familiar with Regina and surrounding area.   Seems to me that people's names are on the map.....wonder if the perp lives in the area of these wells and slough. I see he spelled it slew.....
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: jellybean on November 03, 2014, 03:57:37 PM
Jobo, it "sounds to me", as though he is speaking about a reserve (the map)  He gives first names of people who live in the various houses.  Shows the sloughs (many people spell it as slew out west).  Does not sound urban more country to me.

I wonder what compelled him or her to post the map?  He or she is computer savy.
Oh, I see now!!  There is a $50,000 reward. 

At the very bottom it looks like it was signed Stu W.   ????

JB
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: jobo on November 03, 2014, 04:55:04 PM
Oh, I thought at the bottom of the map is the word "slew"....... I thought he was mapping/showing where the slough is.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: SAP on November 03, 2014, 06:50:47 PM
I thought at first the map was something like Brian's predictions. I do hope there is something to this, however it leaves a bad feeling ... no info came forth when the reward money was less and so soon after the reward went to 50,000. dollars, tips come in. If these people were sitting on info all this time that could have helped, well I doubt there is any shame or conscience in them. Conscience doesn't equal  $$$$.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: jellybean on November 03, 2014, 08:31:23 PM
On the map there is a mention of Pasqua. There is a Pasqua First Nation Reserve.
http://www.pasquafn.ca/home/

Pasqua First Nation #79 is a Saulteaux/Cree First Nation located 60km northeast of Regina and 15 km west of Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan. The Reserve currently has an area of 8, 960.3 hectares (22,141 acres), approximately 264 hectares (653 acres) is valley land.  Pasqua First Nation has approximately 2,000 band members, approximately 69% of the membership live off reserve.  Pasqua First Nation is a member of the File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council which is part of Treaty 4 Territory.

Heard on CBC National tonite, that RCMP are looking at the map and taking it seriously.  They'll figure it out!!

JB
ps.  SAP - Brian's Predictions - is he still going strong?  I haven't thought of him in a long time.  Yes, it does look like one of his creations.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: SAP on November 03, 2014, 09:50:12 PM
JB, I never ever believed in Brian's dreams and haven't seen any of them in a long time. I saw some tweets that he had been hospitalized and did confess he has some mental problems but in the same breath told his followers he would be back with his dreams/visions.

This may be the only break little Tamara gets. It has been so long and I do wonder what of forensic value they can still find.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: cana_nomad on November 05, 2014, 10:13:06 AM
From the Globe and Mail:

http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/search-for-missing-aboriginal-girl-prompted-by-reddit-posting-continues/ar-BBd4SSg?ocid=mailsignout

On Sunday, an anonymous user going by the name MySecretIsOut posted a map online purporting to lead to the location of Tamra Keepness, a native girl who went missing from Regina more than a decade ago. The sketch explicitly says to “check the wells.”

Police have since ventured to the rugged Saulteaux territory twice, including Tuesday. And while they have not confirmed the map’s credibility, they also have not determined it to be a hoax. In fact, they are considering a targeted search of some of the 30 or so wells on the reserve and are working to pin down the radius of the effort and the resources, equipment and expertise that will be devoted to it.

“They’re having a look at the area with the idea of formulating a plan of action,” Regina Police Service spokeswoman Elizabeth Popowich said.

This is the latest development in a high-profile case that still haunts Tamra’s relatives here on Muscowpetung reserve, less than an hour’s drive northeast of Regina and the site of a search shortly after the little girl disappeared in 2004.

Two of her cousins, not much older than Tamra would be now, are curious where she is and find the map bizarre. “I never met her, but just knowing my cousin is out there somewhere is strange,” Koby Keepness said, calling the emergence of the map “kind of shocking.”

Joyce Keepness, another relative and a band councillor, declined to comment, explaining the family is “going through a lot right now.”

The map, although crudely drawn, appears to jibe with the geography and layout of that portion of the community. The scribbled roads seem to line up with the real ones, the school that borders the map to the east held classes on Tuesday and even the houses plotted as landmarks exist (although the names of the inhabitants it gives are said to be inaccurate).

On Tuesday, two RCMP officers and one RPS investigator looked around what they believe to be the area and consulted with the band leaders about the number and locations of wells on the reserve.

The map, which is not drawn to scale, points to three “old wells” situated in line with one another. Police found only one in the vicinity and have determined the next-nearest well to be about 2.5 kilometres away.

The “old wells” appear to be between what people here call School Hill and Gambler’s Hill, an area that is dense with trees and prickly vegetation. Tamra’s great aunt, who asked not to be named and whose home is at the foot of Gambler’s Hill, said she saw some police activity up that way this week.

“I hope they find her, to bring closure to our family,” she said.

Ms. Popowich said she does not believe police have interviewed MySecretIsOut about the map, which was posted to the popular website Reddit over the weekend. The user claimed to have nothing to do with the case and said the map is based on information indirectly obtained through someone in an Alberta prison.

Ms. Popowich said she is not sure at this point whether police already searched the area outlined in the sketch. She also emphasized it remains unclear whether the map holds credible information about Tamra’s whereabouts, but said police – who have already investigated more than 1,600 tips over the years – must do their diligence.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: jobo on November 05, 2014, 07:09:36 PM
I am glad to know the Police are taking a closer look around where they think the map is leading them. Gives us hope for answers.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: jellybean on November 15, 2014, 11:16:23 AM
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/hand-drawn-map-on-reddit-claims-to-show-location-of-girl-missing-for-10-years/article21424039/

This is a very long article regarding the map. I have snipped part of it

MySecretIsOut said the map was found over the weekend among a deceased family member’s belongings. “Several years ago every time something new came out about the case my late grandmother used to say, ‘They’re searching in the wrong place, they need to check the old wells,’” the Reddit user explained. MySecretIsOut said the family questioned the grandmother but “all she ever said was her sister in Alberta had given her a map that she (the sister) got based on visits to someone in prison out that way.”

The Reddit user, who said he or she had nothing to do with the case but has been following it for years, expressed hope that “something good comes out of [the posting] and at the very least gets some more people searching and talking about [Tamra] again.”
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: cana_nomad on November 18, 2014, 02:00:07 PM
Can't remember where I read it, but the search turned up nothing.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: jellybean on November 18, 2014, 03:03:13 PM
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/map-of-missing-regina-girl-belonged-to-late-grandmother-reddit-user-claims-1.2084242

snippet:


Around 2 p.m. ET Monday, the same user posted a message clarifying the origin of the map.

“Several years ago, every time something new came out about the case, my late grandmother used to say: ‘They're searching in the wrong place, they need to check the old wells,’” the user wrote.

“We questioned her about it a few times and all she ever said was her sister in Alberta had given her a map that she got based on visits to someone in a prison out that way.”

The unidentified poster -- who claimed to have submitted anonymous tips to the RCMP, Regina Police Service and Crime Stoppers at the time -- said his/her grandmother had been suffering from dementia. The grandmother’s sister had also since died.

The user said his family had forgotten about the grandmother’s story until Sunday, when the map had been discovered amongst his grandmother’s possessions. Upon posting a picture of the map, the person said they had also submitted it to police.

The poster -- who said he wanted to maintain anonymity to protect his family from possible “organized crime” connections -- seemed to regret the ominous title and username originally chosen.

“I apologize for any misunderstandings as a result of this post, and sincerely hope that something good comes out (of) it, and at the very least gets some more people searching and talking about her again.”

Police still investigating

Regina Police Service spokesperson Elizabeth Popowich said police were aware of the person’s message, but still had no information to identify the individual.

She said despite the strange nature of the tip, police were still investigating.

“Any information that comes to us that indicates a connection to a criminal case is taken seriously,” Popowich told CTVNews.ca on Monday afternoon. “You can’t dismiss information without exploring it further.”

Popowich said police had received somewhere around 1,700 tips since Keepness disappeared on July 5, 2004. She also said the investigation had taken police to places outside Regina in the past.

Meanwhile, the RCMP issued a brief statement Monday saying the force was “aware” of the map’s circulation, noting members of its Fort Qu’Appelle have been asked by Regina police to assist in the investigation.

In June, the Regina Board of Police Commissioners increased the reward attached to the Keepness case from $25,000 to $50,000, Popowich said.

She also called people’s interest in the map “encouraging.”

“I think everyone in this province and certainly everyone in this city had a very strong emotional connection to that story,” she said. “So it’s encouraging to see that there’s still a real desire out there to keep that case in people’s consciousness.”
 


Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: debbiec on November 18, 2014, 03:59:47 PM
Thanks JB. I've re-posted my information as the article I've posted the link to was written at a later date (November 7th) than the article posted above (November 3rd). It helps keep things in context with the developments in this case.

Unfortunately, the map may not have been authentic. I hope police are able to find the person who posted the map on Reddit. Police have said that the account for that member has since been deactivated.

Taken from the link below.
Quote
On Thursday, a team of Regina city police officers, Mounties and three of the girl's relatives searched 15 wells in the area that were indicated on the map, plus six more. A camera and special equipment were used to look down to the bottom of each well.

"There was no indication of anything connected to Tamra Keepness, no sign of Tamra Keepness and no sign of anything suggesting a connection to this case," Elizabeth Popowich, spokeswoman for Regina police, said Friday.

She said although some features on the map were correct, others were not, and investigators don't believe the map is authentic.


http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/search-based-on-hand-drawn-map-yields-no-evidence-of-tamra-keepness-1.2092493 (http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/search-based-on-hand-drawn-map-yields-no-evidence-of-tamra-keepness-1.2092493)
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: SAP on November 18, 2014, 04:58:01 PM
So disheartening! Getting a family's hopes up and then it comes down to it being a practical joke in very bad taste.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: jellybean on April 26, 2015, 10:00:16 PM
Hi PandaBearKitty!

Welcome to Unsolved :)

I was not aware that Tamra has a twin sister.

Thank you for letting us know.
This is such a tragic case.  Unfortunately, there are far too many.

JB
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: PandaBearKitty on June 29, 2015, 12:44:08 AM

http://www.canada.com/story_print.html?id=694987b4-92dc-47ee-9cf0-6f80fba04b26&sponsor=

**snippet from the above article**

The six kids -- including Tamra and her twin sister, Tanis -- watched The Simpsons together and had a snack late in the evening. The children's mother, Lorena, was going out for the night, and the kids were to be watched by their uncle, Russell Sheepskin.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: PandaBearKitty on June 29, 2015, 01:14:37 PM
10 years has done little to help ease the pain of missing little Tamra
Regina Jul 4, 2014

“Sometimes I try to picture (Tamra), when (her fraternal twin sister) Tanis comes over. I try to picture how she would look and from how they looked when they were small to just growing up. I just try to imagine how she would look if she was there.” -Troy Keepness

*****

Troy Keepness remembers only too well the morning of July 6, 2004.

“Somebody showed up at my door asking if (Tamra) was there, and I was wondering why they were asking me that,” he says. “It didn’t really sink in until probably about an hour later and somebody else came by asking if she was there. And that’s when I knew something was wrong.”

Keepness says he went out to look for his five-year-old daughter — who, along with her siblings, was living at her mother’s home on the 1800 block of Ottawa Street — and soon realized nobody knew where she was.

http://www.ipick.ca/regina/10-years-has-done-little-to-help-ease-the-pain-of-missing-little-tamra
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: jellybean on June 29, 2015, 03:16:59 PM
Here is the story about that night - thanks to CBC

I will have to do this in parts due to its size:

PART 1

http://www.cbc.ca/news2/background/keepness_tamra/night.html

INDEPTH: TAMRA KEEPNESS
The night Tamra Keepness disappeared

David Horth, CBC Radio News Regina | August 23, 2004

For weeks, there have been questions about the night five-year-old Tamra Keepness vanished.

 The little girl went to bed in her Regina home on July 5th, and was reported missing the next day.

 No one has seen her since.

 Police say they still don't have a complete picture of what went on in the house that night.

 There was nothing unusual about the night of July 5th.

Lorena Keepness and Dean McArthur were home with all six children.

 "All the family was here. All the family was here in the evening," Dean McArthur remembers.

 "We were watching The Gladiator, I think it was the second part," Lorena Keepness says, "I wanted to watch CSI, so I changed the channel. And then, that's when you left, eh?"

 That was about 8:30 in the evening. Keepness and McArthur say they had an argument.

 McArthur had recently been released from jail, after serving two-thirds of a three-month sentence for beating Keepness in a drunken rage. They both say the argument was nothing serious.

 McArthur says he decided to leave and cool down.

 

Russell Sheepskin 
 That's when McArthur, a recovering alcoholic and drug user, ran into his roommate Russell Sheepskin.

 "Like, I drink," Russell Sheepskin says, "I'm an alcoholic and I'm not afraid to say it. And, like, I bought myself a big beer earlier that day and then I bought another one to come home with and I still had $15 on me.

 "A dime bag costs 10 bucks, eh? That's a gram of pot. I seen Dean coming, I recognized him, and he said 'Lori kicked me out again.'

 'I said. 'OK man, let's go get a dime. I have enough for a dime and, you know, enough for baby's milk.'"

 "While we were drinking, while we were drinking a beer," Dean McArthur says, "I went to the 7-11 to pick up a can of milk for my baby. And then me and Russell came home, and I dropped that can of milk off, and that's when me and Russell went to the bar."

 They went to the St. Regis Hotel, about six blocks from the house. Sheepskin says he was so drunk, he can't remember dropping off the milk. But he does recall sitting outside the hotel...

 "See, that's where I get lost, eh, 'cause I blacked out." Sheepskin says, "I come to again, uh, we were right across from the Regis sitting at that, uh, there was a picnic table across the way there. And I had two sips of a big beer, Extra Gold, it's a big, strong beer, eh, had two sips of that and then I blacked out again."

 While Sheepskin and McArthur were out drinking, Lorena Keepness was at home...

 "We just watched TV and then, when Simpsons were over they were kinda dragging around, you know, stalling, stalling to go to bed. And finally I said 'OK guys, bedtime, gimme kiss.'

 "And I kissed them all and they went trailing upstairs. And that was about 11 o'clock."

 Keepness says Tamra went to bed upstairs with her brothers, aged 10 and three.

 
 
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: jellybean on June 29, 2015, 03:22:44 PM
PART 2 continued from above post

She left her oldest child, 11-year-old Summer, in charge and then went to a friend's townhouse, about a block away.

 Keepness, who also struggles with alcohol and drug addiction, started drinking as well. At one point, she and her friend left the townhouse to get more booze...

 "So we jumped in her car and I was gonna stop here and I thought, well, I'll stop on the way back," she says. "We went to the Regis, we picked up a cooler, and we came back.

 "And I came inside and I told Summer, 'I'm gonna go to the next block for a bit,' I said. 'I'll give you the phone number.'

 "I said, 'Lock the doors. Don't open the doors for anyone. If anything comes up, phone me.'"

 Again, six children were left alone in the house, with an 11-year-old girl in charge.

 When she got back to her friend's townhouse, Lorena Keepness says she called her daughter and gave her the phone number.

 She estimates that was around midnight.

 Sometime after that, Russell Sheepskin came home in an alcohol-induced fog.

 Apparently, he made himself a meal, although he has no memory of doing it...

 "And I come to. I was at home," Sheepskin says. "I don't know where Dean was, eh? I was downstairs. I know I was eating spaghetti. I went upstairs and I went through the hall into the living room, like I turned the light on.

 Sheepskin says he checked the children in the living room.

 "And the three girls were sleeping there, Tamra was sleeping there, Summer and then Tannis was sleeping on the love seat, eh, 'cause I could see her."

 Right after that, Sheepskin says, he went out on the front porch to smoke a cigarette.

 The couch where he says Tamra was sleeping is about three metres away, on the other side of a window.

 

Dean McArthur 
 Sheepskin says that's when he met Dean McArthur coming up the front steps.

He says McArthur beat him and stomped on him, but he claims the commotion did not wake the children sleeping nearby...

 "He said. 'Well, I got two guys over here, I got two buddies over here, you know, if you're still here when I get back we're gonna do you in. We're gonna, you know, we're gonna get you, we're gonna do you in, eh?'"

 "And I said 'OK.'

 "And, like, he left, he shut the door and I left through the back, I didn't even see if the kids were still there or whatever, eh? I just shut that other door. I know I didn't lock it 'cause I just shut it and I went right through and I went right through the back door."

 Sheepskin says after he left the house, he went to the hospital for stitches, and he hasn't been inside the Keepness home since.

 Based on his account, all six children were sleeping safely when he left, but the door was unlocked.

 According to police, the alleged assault occurred at roughly three in the morning.

 Lorena Keepness says she came home shortly after that.

 Keepness says the door was locked, and Tamra was not sleeping on the couch.

 "I crawled in through the window," she says. "When I was shutting the window after I got in� I slammed, I slammed my thumb in the window. That was after three, that was maybe quarter after, 3:30, I'm not, I know, it wasn't, it wasn't getting bright out yet. Summer was on the couch and Tannis was on the armchair. That's how they were when I left. And I was drunk, too, so it was, it's a blur. And I just went to bed, laid on the couch and went to sleep."
While this was going on, Dean McArthur claims he was walking the streets...looking for a place to crash...

 "I was going, I was going toward my auntie's place. And there, there was a few times I had to stop and I had to rest," he says. "I know I got lost, uh, at least once or twice, I know that 'cause I, like, when I came to at certain times I'd black out and when I came to I'd be at places I didn't even know so I was, I was kinda getting lost.

 "And she just recently moved and the first place I went to was her old place and there was nobody there, so I was trying to remember her address. I was really intoxicated and I even had a hard time finding her place and it took me a while to get there. And I got there about 5, 5:30. And that's where, that's where I slept."

 McArthur says he slept on the couch, and didn't return home until late the next evening.

 Back at the Keepness home, July 6 started like any other morning.

 According to Lorena Keepness, her 10-year-old son Raine felt his sister Tamra get up.

 "He said he woke up and, or no, he said he felt her get up off the bed. He felt the bed move and she got up and he said he just went to sleep."

 

Tamra Keepness 
 Keepness says the boy cannot remember what time that happened.

 "I don't know. I asked him 'Was it bright out?' and he said, 'Yes.'"

 Around 9 a.m., the children's grandmother, Lois Shepherd, showed up. The front door was left open.

 Lorena Keepness was lying on the couch, nursing a hangover.

 The older children, Raine and Summer, left shortly before 10 for day camp at a nearby community centre.

 

A reward poster released at a news conference about missing five-year-old Tamra Keepness in Regina, Tuesday, July 13, 2004. On that day, Regina police confirmed they've officially called off the search for Tamra but promised their investigation would continue. Police posted a $25,000 reward for information on her whereabouts. (CP PHOTO/TROY FLEECE)   
 Half an hour later, only Tamra hadn't come down for breakfast...

 "The other ones were up and I was waiting for Tamra. We were going to go for a walk. And I told them 'Go wake up your sister.'

 "And she said 'She's not there.' I said, 'What do you mean she's not there?' And I got up and I went and looked and she was gone."

The family started checking...friends' and relatives' houses, nearby playgrounds.

 Ninety minutes later, they contacted police. A massive search was launched. But nobody found a thing.

 It's now seven weeks later, and Tamra Keepness is still missing.


 

Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: PandaBearKitty on June 29, 2015, 03:32:18 PM
In less than a week Tamra will be gone for 11 years.     
It would be really nice if this case could finally be put to rest, one way or the other.
Most of the family is still in Regina.   The oldest sister, Summer just had a baby.
The Uncle who was supposed to watching them has passed away. 
Perhaps now it is time for the truth to start coming out!!!
Someone knows something!!   Quit being a coward!   Do the right thing!!
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: jellybean on June 29, 2015, 03:40:33 PM
This is a very upsetting and tragic story.  They can never take that night back.

Ah - how awful!! What does this tragic story tell us on many, many levels??

The 11 year old was left in charge initially, not Sheepskin.  The story will never be straightened out.

I have a feeling that the foggier the story is, the better it is for someone who was responsible for her disappearance, and they would prefer to leave it that way.  Whomever that is.
JB
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: PandaBearKitty on July 26, 2015, 10:52:21 PM
I am very disappointed that there was almost no news coverage on the anniversary of Tamra going missing.

http://globalnews.ca/news/2091547/tamra-keepness-remembered-11-years-after-disappearance/

REGINA – Eleven years ago five-year-old Tamra Keepness went missing from her own home, but she hasn’t been forgotten by her family or the community.

“I was just driving by myself in this morning and thinking ‘oh my god, how can some people live with this for 11 years,’” said Lucinda Toto, Tamra’s great aunt. “How do they sleep? Do they have a conscience?”

The eleventh annual BBQ to mark Tamra’s disappearance was attended by Regina Police members, as well as concerned citizens at Core Community Park.

The reward for information regarding the case was doubled to $50,000 last year on the tenth anniversary of her disappearance.

The case remains open and Regina Police Deputy Chief Dean Rae says the investigation is ongoing and that police haven’t lost hope.

“It is never too late to bring that closure to the family,” he said. “Let the family know that we’re still caring, that we’re still committed to this investigation, and will continue this until we hopefully get a resolution.”

Anyone with information in this case is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Title: Re: TAMRA JEWEL KEEPNESS - Missing From Regina 2004
Post by: jellybean on July 27, 2015, 01:24:18 PM
My heart goes out to little Tamra and her siblings.  If only that night had been different.

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Lorena Keepness says she came home shortly after that.

 Keepness says the door was locked, and Tamra was not sleeping on the couch.

 "I crawled in through the window," she says. "When I was shutting the window after I got in� I slammed, I slammed my thumb in the window. That was after three, that was maybe quarter after, 3:30, I'm not, I know, it wasn't, it wasn't getting bright out yet. Summer was on the couch and Tannis was on the armchair. That's how they were when I left. And I was drunk, too, so it was, it's a blur. And I just went to bed, laid on the couch and went to sleep."
While this was going on, Dean McArthur claims he was walking the streets...looking for a place to crash.

So many conflicting reports from that family. With adults being sloshed, responsibilty to children went out the window, and memories were fuzzy.

I am given the impression that this behaviour was a regular occurrence.
I have no compassion nor sympathy  for those adults involved.  I do for beautiful little Tamra and her siblings.

The buck stops with the adults....They should have been charged with, at the very least, child neglect and abandonment. The mother left her eleven year old in charge of the other children.
That in itself is against the law.

Sheepskin came on the scene at a later time.  By his neglectful behaviour, he never gave one consideration to the kids.  He cared only about himself. The mother did not leave Sheepskin in charge.  It was the eleven year old who was. That house was so porous, with drunks coming and going, anything could have happened to Tamra.

I admire police for continuing on with their investigation.  I doubt if it will ever be solved.

I hope life has been good for Tamra's siblings and in going forward that the answer as to their sister's disappearance will be forthcoming.

jb :'(