POLITICS

'Internal irregularities' leaves search and rescue group lost to Regina: station

09/29/2014 10:34 EDT | Updated 11/29/2014 05:59 EST
REGINA - A Regina radio station says a volunteer search-and-rescue organization in the city has been shut down to a complaint about internal irregularities.

CJME says the Search and Rescue Saskatchewan Association of Volunteers suspended Search and Rescue Regina earlier this month.

Justin Capp, president of the Saskatchewan parent group, says in a statement to the station that an investigation is underway into a confidential matter and no further details can be released.

SARR has been involved in a number of high-profile missing persons cases, including the hunt for Tamra Keepness, the little aboriginal girl who disappeared from her home in the city several years ago.

Hugh McLaughlan, a program manager for policy and governance in the Ministry of Justice, says the shutdown means the loss of a number of professional volunteers from an important organization.

Regina police say there are contingency plans in the event of a major search in the city.

The Saskatchewan association website lists 13 chapters across the province, but the one for Regina has been removed. (CJME)