Alberta RCMP are apologizing to the family of a Mikisew Cree First Nation woman who was found dead in 2012.
Amber Tuccaro was reported missing to the Leduc Detachment in August 2010. Her body was found two years later on a farmer’s field in rural Leduc County.
Her mother, Vivian Tuccaro, filed a complaint in 2014 with the chair of the Commission for Public Complaints against the Leduc RCMP which led to recommendations being recommended and accepted by the RCMP.
On Thursday, Alberta RCMP Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki apologized to the family stating they should have been more urgent early in their investigation.
“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.”
“Although the past cannot be changed, it is important to remember and learn from it. This is necessary in order to move forward.”
Zablocki notes the RCMP has implemented multiple recommendations which came Vivian’s complaint, including better guidance for officers when dealing with a missing person case, better communication between RCMP and Indigenous people, and more.
“I am grateful that your family has continued a dialogue with us over the years, however, strained it may have been for you,” he 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.”