The search is over, two sisters from Lakeville, Minnesota, have been found safe after going missing two years ago. Gianna and Samantha Rucki hadn’t been seen in public since April 2013 after disappearing. So scary.
Two sisters who hadn’t been seen in public since April 2013 after disappearing in a custody dispute, have be found on a horse ranch in western Minnesota. Samantha Rucki, 17, and Gianna Rucki, 16, were found “seemingly in good health”, Lakeville police said in a statement on Nov. 18.
The girls were found during an afternoon search by the U.S. Marshals Service, the Grant County sheriff’s office and Lakeville police at the White Horse Ranch, according to TwinCities. Both were found “seemingly in good health at the residence where the Search Warrant was executed,” the Lakeville police statement read. “The sisters will return to Dakota County where the unification process can begin.” Samantha and Gianna went missing after a judge granted their father, David Rucki, full custody of the kids in Nov. 2013. They had not been seen or heard from since and police believe a large network of people had been taking care of the girls and keeping them in hiding.
The girls’ mother, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, was arrested last month in Florida but has declined to provide information on their whereabouts to investigators. She is in the Dakota County jail after being charged with a felony deprivation of parental rights for her alleged involvement in the disappearance of her daughters. Lisa Elliott, an attorney for the girls’ father said she was not familiar with the ranch, “other than that it’s in Herman (Minn.)” and “kind of in the middle of nowhere.”
“The Deprivation of Parental Rights charges against the girls’ mother, Sandra Grazzini Rucki, are part of an ongoing investigation,” the Lakeville PD statement added. “Charges may be forthcoming against additional persons involved in the girls’ disappearance. Both the Dakota County Attorney’s Office and the Lakeville Police Department ask for respect and privacy of the Rucki family during the reunification period,” it finished.
— Brittany King