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Airdrie RCMP assist in locating missing teen

By: Matt Durnan

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 11:03 am

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The Missing Children Society of Canada (MSCS) called off the search for 16-year-old Shelby Orr on June 4, after reporting that she had been located alive near Calgary.

Orr was reported missing on May 7 by Athabasca RCMP, who believed the teen may have been in the Calgary area.

Airdrie RCMP worked in partnership with both Athabasca RCMP and Calgary Police Services (CPS), as well as the MSCS to safely locate Orr.

“It’s mainly about getting as many eyes and ears out there as we possibly can,” said Airdrie RCMP Sgt. Gordon Sage.

“We fan out and put the word out to all our members and notify the public. Keeping an open line of communication has proven to be a highly successful method with these cases.”

The MCSC has been working to reunite missing children with their families since 1986 through professional investigations, public awareness, emergency response support and family support programs.

The organizations works closely with municipal and federal police agencies while conducting frontline, hands-on investigative and search activities.

For more on the MCSC, visit

Dangerous driving

Airdrie Integrated Traffic Unit (ITU) officers charged a 21-year-old man from Calgary with dangerous driving on June 9.

The man is also being charged with driving without insurance, failing to produce an operator’s license, operating a vehicle of an unauthorized class and improper use of a license plate.

Officers were notified of a motorcyclist who was travelling southbound on Highway 2 near Carstairs at a high rate of speed at around 10 p.m.

A short time later, the motorist was spotted by an officer who was driving northbound on Highway 2 near Crossfield, and reported that the motorcycle was travelling at a speed of 197 km/h.

According to ITU Sheriff Jason Graw, in instances where a motorist is travelling at dangerous speeds, teamwork is required between officers on duty.

“These are dangerous situations and we don’t want to be setting up roadblocks or obstacles,” said Graw.

“Luckily one of our officers headed north spotted him and was able to radio back to some officers who were farther south.”

A traffic stop on Highway 2 was not required in this instance, as the driver of the motorcycle pulled off the highway at the Highway 72 exit and stopped at a nearby gas station where officers were able to catch up with him, according to Graw.

“I don’t think this guy even noticed us because when he got off the highway to get gas he was driving around 170 km/h on the stretch that leads to the gas station,” said Graw.

The man was taken into police custody and his motorcycle was towed as a result of the driver failing to produce proper insurance and driving with a license plate that belonged to the motorcycle’s previous owner.

The name of the Calgary man has not been released and a court date will be scheduled for him once the charges are sworn in by a Justice of the Peace.

Anyone with information on an unsolved crime can contact the Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or


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