‘10 years and still no answers’: Family marks 10th anniversary of Amber Tuccaro’s disappearance


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The mother of Amber Tuccaro, who was last seen alive a decade ago, says she doesn’t know if her broken heart will ever heal.

“It has been an emotional day,” Tootsie Tuccaro said. “It’s painful. Ten years and still no answers for Amber. It’s hard. It’s really hard because it just never ends.”

Tuesday marked the 10th anniversary of the last day Amber was last seen alive. More than 40 people gathered at the corner of 101A Avenue and 96 Street for a vigil and a memorial walk. Many held signs calling for justice for Amber and other murdered and missing Indigenous men and women.

Tootsie, who is from Fort Chipewyan, flew into Edmonton this week to be a part of the event. She said the last decade has been very tough.

“It’s getting harder because (Amber’s son) Jacob is asking more questions,” Tootsie said. “He’s 11-years-old now. I have to be honest with him (when) he asks what happened to my mom.”

Vivian (Tootsie) Tuccaro takes part in a prayer vigil for her daughter Amber Tuccaro near Okîsikow (Angel) Way and 96 Street, in Edmonton Tuesday Aug. 18, 2020. Tuccaro was murdered in 2010 and the killer has never been found. Photo by David Bloom
Vivian (Tootsie) Tuccaro takes part in a prayer vigil for her daughter Amber Tuccaro near Okîsikow (Angel) Way and 96 Street, Aug. 18, 2020. David Bloom/Postmedia

On Aug. 17, 2010, Amber flew into Edmonton from Fort McMurray with then 14-month-old Jacob and a female friend. The three spent the night at a motel in Nisku but the next evening Amber left to catch a ride into Edmonton. Between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., police believe Amber got into a vehicle with an unknown man and taken to a rural part of Leduc County, which is more than 30 kilometres south of Edmonton.

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