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.
“I have hope. I have hope that’s she’s somewhere,” Troy told the media Wednesday.
“I want it brought out, somebody coming out and saying something so I can either put this to rest, or just I want her back.”
Over the past decade hundreds of police and volunteers have been involved in the search, and despite receiving more than one-thousand tips there has been little progress in the case.
Police Chief Troy Hagen stressed the case has remained a top priority for officers over the last decade.
“Unfortunately it’s been ten long years since we’ve continued the search,” he said.
“I know it’s affected the entire community, if not even in some respects the entire country, anytime a child goes missing for that amount of time.”
The police cold case unit continues to investigate and the reward is renewed every year in the hope it generates new leads.
“It’s our belief as a police service through our investigation that there are individuals in our community that likely, have knowledge that would be helpful to this investigation. Thus far we haven’t receiving that information” Hagen added.
Tamra’s father is pleading with anyone with information to have empathy and come forward.
“I want her back. If it was your daughter you’d want the same. I just want my baby back.”