Vivian Tuccaro takes part in a press conference to discuss the unsolved homicide of her daughter Amber Alyssa Tuccaro at the Chateau Nova Kingsway, 159 Airport Road, in Edmonton Wednesday Sept. 19, 2018.
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The RCMP formally issued an apology Thursday to the family of Amber Tuccaro whose 2010 disappearance and death remains unsolved.The 20-year-old woman from the Mikisew Cree First Nation in the Fort McMurray area was last seen alive at a Nisku motel in August 2010. Her skull was found nearly two years later in a Leduc County field.A 120-page report in August 2018 stemming from an independent review concluded the police force’s investigation was “deficient” and some officers “did not comply with policies, procedures and guidelines.” The Civilian Review and Complaints Commission made 17 recommendations for the RCMP, including a call for a public apology to Tuccaro’s family for the mistakes made in the investigation.“I fully acknowledge that the early days of our investigation into Amber’s disappearance required a better sense of urgency and care,” said Alberta RCMP Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki, in an apology Thursday. “We agree with the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission that in 2010, the Leduc Detachment’s initial missing person’s investigation was not our best work and was not in line with our established policies and guidelines.“At the beginning of this investigation the RCMP was not the police service we strive to be. On behalf of the RCMP, I am truly sorry.”The apology is also a renewed plea from the family to find out who killed Tuccaro.Vivian Tuccaro, Amber Tuccaro’s mother, said the apology is an important step, but she wants to see tangible movement forward on missing person investigations.“I am grateful that your family has continued a dialogue with us over the years, however strained it may have been for you,” Zablocki said. “I’m committed to continuing to hear your truths, heal, and improve upon this relationship with you, as we strive for the same goal: finding justice for Amber.”More to come.