Human skull linked to woman who vanished two years ago

LEDUC — Alberta Mounties have linked a human skull found south of Edmonton to a woman who disappeared in the area two years ago.

LEDUC — Alberta Mounties have linked a human skull found south of Edmonton to a woman who disappeared in the area two years ago.

A group of horseback riders discovered the skull Saturday in a wooded area in a field on a rural property near Leduc.

RCMP say dental records were used to identify the remains as belonging to Amber Tuccaro of Fort McMurray. The 20-year-old was visiting the Edmonton area when she was last seen on Aug. 18, 2010.

“This is very sad news for the Tuccaro family, and our thoughts are with them,” Staff-Sergeant Gerard MacNeil of Project Kare said Tuesday.

“This discovery brings us closer to finding out what happened to Amber.”

RCMP say the circumstances surrounding her death are suspicious and a ground search of the area is underway. Tuccaro’s family do not wish to comment and have asked that their privacy be respected.

Tuccaro lived in Fort McMurray, Alta., and flew to Edmonton International Airport with her then 14-month-old son and a female friend on Aug. 17, 2010.

She booked into a hotel in Nisku near the airport and spent the day in the community.

The next day, Tuccaro left her hotel room to catch a ride into Edmonton and got into an unknown man’s vehicle.

“She left Jacob (her son) with her friend to meet with another friend of hers and that was the last time she was seen,” MacNeil said.

Her family reported her missing two days later.