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Alberta RCMP apologize for poor investigation into Indigenous woman's death

Paul Tuccaro gives testimony during the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, in Edmonton Alta, on November 7, 2017. Tuccaro's sister Amber Tuccaro went missing in 2010. Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki, commanding officer of the Alberta RCMP, to issue public apology to the family of Amber Tuccaro for how the investigation into the Indigenous woman's homicide was handled. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

EDMONTON — The commanding officer of the RCMP in Alberta has apologized to the family of an Indigenous woman who disappeared nine years ago and whose killer has never been found.

Amber Tuccaro was 20 years old in August 2010 when she flew to Edmonton from her home in Fort McMurray, Alta., and booked into a hotel near the airport.

She caught a ride into the city with a man the next day and was never seen again.

Her skull was found in a wooded area two years later.

Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki told Tuccaro’s family that the investigation did not have the proper urgency or care.

He said it was not in line with RCMP standards and, in his words, “was not our best work.”

After his apology, Tuccaro’s family unveiled a new poster urging anyone with information that could help solve the case to contact police.

The Canadian Press