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Siblings found on Minnesota horse ranch after missing for two years; ranch owners charged

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UPDATE March 2017 –  Grazzini-Rucki was convicted this July of six counts of deprivation of parental rights.  Dede Evavold, the woman who helped Grazzini-Rucki hide her daughters, was convicted of six counts of deprivation of parental rights and was was sentenced to six months in jail.  Gina and Doug Dahlen, the couple who kept the girls on their ranch pleaded guilty to one count of deprivation of parental rights. In March the ranch was put up for sale.

UPDATE 4/10/16 – 20/20 did a story on the Rucki sisters.  Click here to watch part one and click here to watch part 2.  

UPDATE 1/21/16 –  Gianna and Samantha have moved back with their father in Lakeville.

UPDATE:  12/17/15 – The prosecuting attorney in Dakota County, Minnesota has charged , Gina and Douglas Dahlen, who were the owners of the ranch, and a friend of theirs, Dede Evavold with deprivation of custodial rights.  Samantha and Gianna were found at the Dahlen ranch after their disappearance two years ago.

Original story:  Two sister that have been missing for two years were found at a Minnesota ranch on Wednesday.

Police acting on information they had obtained in the home of Dede Evavold that is a supporter of the “Protective Parent” movement, which led them to the White Horse Ranch located at 20916 140th St, in Herman.  Authorities were hoping they would find more information there to help locate Gianna, 16,  and Samantha, 17, Rucki, but instead they found the teens living there, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The Protective Parent “movement” has been highly criticized on social media for the way they encourage parents to go against court orders.

Sandra Grazzini-Ricki, the siblings’ mother was arrested in Florida in October when she wouldn’t tell police where the girls were.  Sandra denies the charges and still is in custody with a $1million bail.

Samantha and Gianna have been missing since April 2013, while Sandra and the siblings father, David Rucki were going through a custody battle.  The siblings accused their dad of abusing them, but courts in November 2013 found the claim unwarranted and awarded David with full custody.

The girls were found in good health and were living on a ranch that is a nonprofit for abused children.  According to the website, which is now shut down, the children come to the ranch to work with the horses, but no one stays there.  Doug and Gina Dahlen lived on the ranch and run the nonprofit.

It is possible that more charges will occur, if it is found that anyone was harboring the siblings.

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