Amber Tuccaro was 20 years old, and the mother of a 14-monthold boy when she travelled with her baby and a female friend from Fort McMurray to Nisku, Alberta with the plan of heading to Edmonton the next day, August 18, 2010. When she left her friend and son on Amber decided to hitchhike into the city, and was picked up by an unknown man. There was a conversation with this man that was recorded - it was the last time Amber’s voice was heard.
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Patricia (Trish) Carpenter, a 14-year-old mother of a two-month-old boy, was found dead at a Toronto construction site on Sept. 25, 1992. The coroner’s investigative statement says Carpenter’s body was “wedged very tightly, head-first, into a pit…” and that she died of asphyxiation. The case was quickly wrapped up, with no evidence of foul play reported. However, the coroner eventually deemed it necessary to have an inquest into Patricia’s death.
Leona Brule was just 18 years old when she went to visit her boyfriend in Edmonton, Alberta, from Fort Providence, Northwest Territories, where she had been working as a live-in-nanny. It was March 1989…and about a year later when Leona stopped coming home to visit her mother, Leona’s mom filed a police report. RCMP suspects that Leona was living on the streets in Edmonton in the 1990s, but Leona has never been found, and her case remains open.
On October 13, 1994, the body of 38-year-old Janet Sylvestre was discovered in a wooded area, just outside of Saskatoon. Evidence at the scene indicated she was the victim of homicide. Janet's case remains unsolved. Janet Sylvestre was from the Dene nation and grew up in northern Saskatchewan, but as an adult spread her wings and moved to cities like Edmonton, Toronto and then Saskatoon, but she was known to return home to La Loche, to visit her family.
Lorilee Mae Francis was 23 or 24 the last time she was known to be seen or heard from by family or friends on October 20, 2007. She was last known to be in Grande Prairie, Alberta. When Lorilee didn’t contact her family during the Christmas season, her family reported her missing. She may left her home of her own will, or she might have been trafficked. Lorilee was the mom of two children. She was afflicted by addictions, and that took a toll on her whole life.
14-year-old Amanda Cook went with her dad and brothers to the Rossburn Fair Festival on July 13, 1996, near her home in Waywayseecappo. The last time Amanda's dad saw his little girl was 6:30 or 7:00 that evening. Four days later, Amanda's lifeless body was found, beaten to death. Amanda's life was taken over twenty years ago and even though one man stood trial three times for her murder, her case has never been solved.
The last time 44-year-old Sindy Ruperthouse was last seen was in Val D’or, Quebec, at a hospital, on April 23, 2014. She had been beaten up and had multiple broken ribs. When Sindy had her last conversation with her family, Sindy asked for a large amount of money. Sindy said she would call back, but her family never heard from her again. Sindy’s case has been reopened after an investigative report by Radio-Canada shone a spotlight on their Sûreté du Québec’s mishandling of Sindy’s case.
On April 1, 2009, 16-year-old Nicole Daniels was found frozen to death behind a rental car agency in Winnipeg. When the autopsy report came back, Nicole’s family was shocked to find that no foul play was suspected. The cause of death was hypothermia, with acute alcohol intoxication as a significant contributing factor. However, Nicole’s family remembers her getting into a vehicle with an older man who they suspect Nicole met in a phone chat room. They believe that her death was not an accident.
When 23-year-old Cheryl Johnson’s family learned that she was found drowned in Sydney Harbour in May 2001, they were in shock. Cheryl was a strong swimmer. She had left the night before with $200, and was found with only a toonie in her pocket. Cheryl’s case was closed by law enforcement after only two days of investigating. It was determined that there had been no foul play connected to Cheryl’s death. Cheryl’s family is unsatisfied with this determination, and want answers.
On September 17th, 1999, 44-year-old Elizabeth Dorion arrived at Mile 94, a commercial fish camp, where she stayed almost four days with friends. The last time she was known to be seen was September 20th. She was wearing a button sweater, t-shirt, and jogging pants. Elizabeth was reported missing on November 13th, 1999. At 5'4", Elizabeth was approximately 150 lbs. at the time of her disappearance. Two ground searches were conducted by the RCMP, but Elizabeth was never found.
The day before her disappearance, 27-year-old Caitlin Potts was last seen at Orchard Park Mall in Kelowna, British Columbia. Caitlin last had contact with her loved ones when she sent her sister Codi a message on Facebook on February 22, 2016. On March 1, 2016, a missing persons report was made to the RCMP. No official missing persons alert appeared on the RCMP’s website until March 21, 2016. Caitlin’s disappearance is being treated as a homicide.