EDMONTON – KARE investigators announced at a press conference on Tuesday that the remains of Amber Alyssa Tuccaro have been found near Leduc.
Tuccaro had been the subject of a missing persons case since she vanished in August of 2010.
The circumstances surrounding her disappearance are considered to be suspicious.
Investigators say that horseback riders found a human skull on September 1st, and over the weekend dental records were used to identify it as belonging to Tuccaro.
A ground search will be conducted over the next 48 hours where the remains were located.
“This is very sad news for the Tuccaro family, and our thoughts are with them, “said Staff Sergeant Gerard MacNeil of KARE. ” This discovery brings us closer to finding out what happened to Amber.”
The discovery comes less than a week after police released a chilling audio tape of a conversation between Tuccaro and an unknown male.
The conversation was believed to be recorded after she was last seen at her Nisku hotel on the evening of August 18, 2010.
“We know that the voice on the tape belongs to a man who was in Amber’s company after she was last seen, so identifying him is a critical piece in our investigation,” said RCMP Staff Sergeant Gerard MacNeil of KARE in a written release.
Some of the material on the tape is disturbing, as Tuccaro expresses concern about her whereabouts.
Investigators believe that the male on the tape could aid them in figuring out what happened to Tuccaro.
“There is no connection between this latest discovery and the audio tape we released last week, “said S/Sgt. MacNeil of KARE. “However, the RCMP is extremely grateful for the help we have received from the public in response to the tape, and we still encourage people to go online and listen.”
Tuccaro, a Fort McMurray resident, was 20 years old when she was last seen.
Anyone with information about Tuccaro’s disappearance is asked to call the RCMP KARE Unit toll free at-1-877- 412-KARE (5273) or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Edmonton residents can also call KARE at 780-509-3356.