“You better not be taking me anywhere I don’t want to go,” Amber Tuccaro said loudly as she hid her cell phone at her side. She was in a car with a strange man, and she knew something wasn’t right. She managed to secretly make a call—a call that would be recorded on the other end—as she pleaded for answers as to where she was being taken. She would soon find the answers to her questions, but her loved ones would have to wait two years before learning what happened to her.
Hours before her frightening car ride, Tuccaro, her 1-year-old son, and her female friend arrived in Nisku in Alberta, Canada. A trip to the city of Edmonton was planned for the next day, but Tuccaro couldn’t wait that long. She decided to head into the city that night, alone, and hitched a ride from a man nearby the motel where they were staying that night.
While in the car with the man, Tuccaro sensed danger. She wasn’t being taken into the city like she had asked. The man was driving her down unfamiliar roads, further away from her destination. She somehow called her brother, who was in jail at the time. The conversation was recorded, and Tuccaro can be heard asking the male driver specifics about their location.
A man’s voice can be heard reassuring Tuccaro they were going into the city. He repeatedly stated they were headed to “50th street,” and that he was just taking back roads. She didn’t believe him. The call abruptly ends, but not before Tuccaro’s fear permeated the conversation.
She disappeared that night. Two years later, Amber’s lifeless body was discovered on a farm.
Four days before her body was discovered, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) released a minute of the disturbing phone recording Tuccaro inadvertently made that night. The recording was shared with the public in hopes that someone could identify the male’s voice, a voice that is presumed to be that of Tuccaro’s killer.
While the RCMP only released one minute of the recording, there are 17 minutes of audio. The police had the audio for two full years before they reached out to the public for help, a decision that was met with much criticism from Tuccaro’s family.
Tuccaro’s mother, Tootsie, told media that the RCMP didn’t take her daughter’s disappearance seriously at first. Initially, they insisted that Tuccaro had run off to party and would turn up eventually. The RCMP even made a statement saying they did not believe Tuccaro was in danger at that time.
The Tuccaro family filed a complaint against the RCMP for mishandling evidence in their daughter’s case, which they believe led to her death. Tuccaro’s mother said that authorities took Amber off the missing persons list a month after she went missing. Tuccaro’s personal belongings taken into evidence were also destroyed when she was removed from the list.
Now the family is haunted by their daughter’s final moments, and they continue to hold out hope that the voice recording will bring answers to their daughter’s case.
Tootsie told media, “There’s somebody out there that recognizes the voice. Has to be. His mom, his sister, his wife. And they’re not coming forward? Do they not have a conscience?”
Unfortunately, Tuccaro’s murder isn’t the only one in the area. At least 9 other aboriginal women have been found dead between 1989 and 2006 along highway 16 in Canada, which has become known as the Highway of Tears. Some people believe that the murders are the work of a single serial killer prowling the roads, or unrelated males who are inflicting violence upon Canada’s aboriginal women.
Tuccaro’s mother added, “Maybe it`s the same guy that’s killing these other women that are found in Leduc and Nisku area. And how many more women, girls are going to be killed before he’s caught?”
Following the release of Tuccaro’s recording, several women came forward to say they recognized the male voice. One woman said she knew who the person was, and that she also had accepted a ride from him in the past. The women reported the man to the RCMP, but nothing much has come from their information.
Not much information about Tuccaro’s case has been made public. Her family remains in the dark about what happened, or where the authorities are with the case. All that’s left of their daughter is a voice recording.
“There’s a lot of things we don’t know. We have a lot of questions that we’re not going to get answers to because it’s an ongoing case, and even if the killer is found we’ll probably never hear some of the whole story.”
Below is a video released by the RCMP. It contains audio of the night Amber disappeared. Listen closely. Can you recognize the man’s voice in the recording? If so, you may help to solve Amber’s murder.