When Samantha and Gianni Rucki were found on White Horse Ranch in Herman, Minnesota, their website and Facebook Account were immediately taken down.
Gina Dahlen, a former pharmaceutical sales rep and founder of White Horse Ranch (Destiny Equine Intervention) will probably say that she had to no idea that the Rucki girls were kidnapped children or that she was just trying to help out the girls as a protective parent movement supporter.
With all the publicity the case has been receiving, it would have been impossible for Gina Dahlen or her husband Doug to not have known that the Rucki girls were in hiding. So through subpoena of Dahlen’s phone records, email messages and bank accounts, law enforcement should be able to re-construct how she assisted the Rucki girls.
Gina Dahlen’s organization filed as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2013. On her initial filing she did not show any assets or income. But she has solicited for donations and held fund raisers in the past 2 years. We do not see any subsequent filing online. Law Enforcement will no doubt be looking at those records and it will be interesting to see if the paper trail leads to money received from Sandra Rucki.
In addition, as is the case with many domestic violence shelters funding, many protective parent groups receive funding through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) and the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). Gina Dahlen’s organization may also have received funds related to the rehabilitation of animals. We certainly hope that this organization did not receive any federal funding to assist in hiding the Rucki girls.
More importantly when Gina Dahlen or members of her organization took down the website, we wondered if White Horse Ranch had any other missing children that were hidden on their premises. There are numerous photos of children in some of the pictures on their website at http://www.whitehorseranchmn.org.
Law enforcement will need to interview the Rucki girls to find out where they have been in the last 2 years and who aided and abetted these minors. We really hope that this will be the case that exposes this protective parent movement and their supporters.