The Rucki sisters have been found on a horse farm in Minnesota after they went missing two years ago. The sisters, who are now 16 and 17 years old, were found at a Herman, Minnesota, horse ranch that allegedly keeps kids away from abusive parents when the courts won’t.
The girls disappeared during a parental custody battle, which resulted in the court awarding full custody of Gianna and Samantha Rucki to their father. Gianna was 14 and Samantha was 15 at the time they went missing. According to MSN News on November 19, the kids were found after their mother was arrested last month in Florida and she refused to give information on her daughters whereabouts.
CBS Local Channel 6 reports that the sisters “ran away from their Lakeville, Minnesota, home in 2013 during a bitter custody battle.” While reports have them “disappearing” and “missing,” they were originally listed as “runaway” sisters 14 and 15.
While Sandra Grazzini-Rucki was in jail, a search warrant for a woman’s home in St. Cloud was issued. According to the Star Tribune, “The woman, Dede Evavold, is a supporter of the “Protective Parent” movement that argues the family courts are broken and frequently award custody to abusive parents.”
Grazzini-Rucki was arrested on felony charges of deprivation of parental rights and was jailed in Dakota County. When police went to Evavold’s home they believed that an underground network of family court critics were hiding the girls and they found evidence of this. This evidence led them to the missing sisters.
The evidence led them to the White Horse Ranch, which is run by a woman who is a supporter of the “Protective Parent” movement. In November of 2013 the court awarded custody to David Rucki, the girl’s father and he has not seen his daughters in two years.
Lakeville Police released a statement Wednesday saying “The sisters will return to Dakota County where the unification process can begin.” The girls looked healthy and they were safe when they were found by police.
The White Horse Farm’s website has gone “off-line” since news of the girls being found at the farm hit the headlines. Before it went down, it gave some information on the workings of the farm.
White Horse Farm was described as a non-profit organization. The website also said, “Broken children and hurting horses are able to bring each other to a place of healing through God’s unconditional love.”
The farm is run by Gina Dahlen, who is listed as the president and founder of the farm. The website said that she and her husband, Doug, live at the ranch, according to MSN News.
The Red Herring Alert has done an extensive amount of research on this case, including some background information on both parents. There appears to be a lot more to this case than meets the eye! You can check out their findings and decide for yourself where these girls belong.