RCMP members deficient in Amber Tuccaro investigation report finds


A long awaited response to a complaint filed by the family of Amber Tuccaro has found “deficiencies” in the RCMP investigation into her murder.

Tuccaro’s family held a news conference in Edmonton Alta., Wednesday to reveal some of the details found in the 120 page report released to them by the RCMP Civilian Review and Complaints Commission.

The 20-year-old Mikisew Cree First Nation mother of one was last seen in August 2010 after leaving a Nisku, Alta. motel room. Her skull was found two years later in rural Leduc country, 35 km south of Edmonton.


Paul Tuccaro, Amber’s brother read from the report.

“In effect approximately one month passed without any effort being made at the detachment level to investigate Ms. Tuccaro’s disappearance.”

The family has waited four years for a response.

“What choice did we have?” asked Paul Tuccaro when asked if it the wait was acceptable.

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In August of 2012, two years after she went missing, the RCMP’s Project KARE investigators held a news conference and released the cell phone recording of Tuccaro and an unknown male.

Between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tuccaro got into a vehicle driven by the unknown man. While she was in the vehicle someone phoned Tuccaro who was overheard asking the unknown man where they were going.

“Where are we by?” says Tuccaro.

“We’re just heading south of Beaumont or north of Beaumont.”

“You better not take, you better not be taking me anywhere I don’t wanna go. I wanna go into the city. Okay?” she says.

She keeps asking him where they are driving to.

The man claims they’re going to “East” 50th St.

Then Tuccaro appears to ask what they’re driving on and the man says “gravel.”

The conversation ends.

The call is approximately 17 minutes long.

In November of 2017, Paul Tuccaro was the first to testify at the National Inquiry for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls hearings in Edmonton.

He spent most of his testimony laying out his complaints about how the RCMP handled the case.

The Tuccaro family says they are looking at all legal options available.



Holly Moore is an investigative journalist with 16 years of experience working on news and documentaries. Before joining APTN in 2016, she was an Associate Producer with CBC Manitoba’s I-team where she produced nation-wide projects for CBC’s Indigenous Unit. Her work has been nominated for a number of national awards, most recently by the Canadian Association of Journalists. An expert in deep research and never giving up, she strives through her work to hold powerful forces to account.

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