Witness in Sandra Rucki Trial Dies

April 11, 2016

One of the witnesses in the Sandra Rucki Criminal Trial will not be around for it. Dale Nathan Age 81 of St. Paul, Minnesota passed on April 9, 2016. He was in the car when Sandra Rucki allegedly kidnapped her daughters. He was also a potential witness in the prosecution of Dede Evavold, Gina Dahlen and Doug Dahlen. However, he does appear on the ABC 20/20 recently aired broadcast.

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Breaking: Download the Criminal Complaint Against Sandra Rucki

November 27, 2015

Here’s the criminal complaint against Sandra Grazzini-Rucki “Sandra Rucki” with the 6 Felony Counts. These Felony charges carry a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison and a maximum fine of $24,000.

Download Criminal Complaint


Breaking: Police say Network of Family Court Critics Is Hiding the Rucki Girls

November 3, 2015

A story in the StarTribune is one of the first to link the Family Court Critics to the “protective parent” movement that police believe are responsible for hiding the Samantha and Gianna Rucki, the two teenager girls from Lakeville, Minnesota.

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In this case, the girls mother Sandra Rucki has been arrested and charged with three felony counts of deprivation of parental rights. Her controversial attorney Michelle MacDonald says that her client does not want police to find the girls.

In the story, Faye Yager is now claiming that she is still involved in the underground and that the network is accessed through social media, churches and women’s shelters. Yager has previously said she was retired and is no longer involved.

Amy Neustein, who lost custody of her child (now a successful attorney who has not spoken to her mom in years) is interviewed in the article. Cindy Dumas of San Diego claims to have reliable sources that the girls are underground and safe. Other possible accomplices in the felony counts could be Michael Rhedin and Dale Nathan. Dede Evavold, a campaign manager for Michelle MacDonald is named as a supporter of the Protective Parent Movement.

[Read the Article]

Editors Note: Our Nation’s Family Court System as well as our Child Protection System have many legal options for parents like Sandra Rucki. Kidnapping should never be an option. These teenage girls deserve a life better than being used as pawns or poster girls for the protective parent movement. As these girls approach high school graduation and should be concerned about getting into a good college, their mother was vacationing in Florida with her a new boyfriend. Sandra Rucki and any third party conspirators need to be prosecuted and more importantly these girls need to be found so they can finish high school.

I would really like to hear the Samantha and Gianni Rucki’s side of the story. Are they articulate young adults or naive, misguided teenagers?


Police: Network of family court critics is hiding Rucki sisters Investigators hit a wall in search for Lakeville sisters by Brandon Stahl (StarTribue November 3, 2015)

Breaking: Minnesota Finally Issues Warrant for Sandra Rucki – Parental Kidnapper

August 20, 2015

After over two years, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki has finally been charged with three counts of felony deprivation of parental rights. Sandra Rucki lost custody of her children to her former spouse then allegedly sent her teenage children into hiding or underground. Sandra Rucki is now on the run and is wanted by law enforcement.

Other individuals involved in this case are Sandra Rucki’s attorney Michelle MacDonald, a disbarred attorney Dale Nathan and Rucki’s boyfriend Michael Rhedin.

Please help law enforcement arrest Ms. Sandra Rucki and find these teenagers.

Sandra Rucki, Gianna Rucki, Samantha Rucki

                                             Parental Kidnapper


Gianna Rucki, Samantha Rucki, Sandra Rucki

                Gianna & Samantha Rucki – Family Abduction Victims


Mother sought in case of two Lakeville girls (by Brandon Stahl, Star Tribune 08-18-2015)

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – Gianna Rucki

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – Samantha Rucki

Parental Kidnapping, Family Court Activism – What’s going on in Minnesota?

April 30, 2015
Samantha Rucki Kidnapped

Samantha Rucki – Kidnapping Victim

Gianna Rucki Kidnapped

Gianna Rucki – Kidnapped

Sandra Rucki, Sandra Grazzini

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki – Alleged Parental Kidnapper

Michael Rhedin

Michael Rhedin – Alleged Accomplice

Michelle MacDonald Activist Attorney

Michelle MacDonald – Activist Attorney

Dale Nathan

Dale Nathan – Suspended Attorney

Samantha and Gianna Rucki, were most likely kidnapped in a teenager parental kidnapping case in April 2013. Their custodial-embattled mother Sandra Grazzini-Rucki can’t be found except through her attorney Michelle MacDonald, the Minnesota Activist Attorney. MacDonald has been critical of the Family Court System as well as one particular Family Court Judge. MacDonald’s boyfriend, Michael Rhedin is also a person of interest in the case as well as suspended family law activist attorney Dale Nathan.

In the Family Abduction cases, there is not always a definitive course of action for classifying teenagers as parentally kidnapped or runaways. As we’ve seen in the Elizabeth Morgan case of the ’80s, Ms. Morgan stayed in jail rather than give up the location of her daughter. In Sandra Rucki’s case, she also in hiding or underground but communicates with her activist attorney. And then there is activist Dale Nathan who has injected himself and his cause into the case and was apparently driving the getaway car when the children were alleged kidnapped.

The Star Tribune is reporting that Lakeville, Minnesota Law Enforcement will be stepping up efforts to find these teenagers. As most of us in the Family Abduction Community believe, if law enforcement decides they want to find someone, it usually doesn’t take very long. As we witnessed in the Genevieve Kelley case, after the case was featured on John Walsh’s CNN The Hunt, Kelley, less than a month after the airing, Kelley turned herself in.

We urge Samantha and Gianna Rucki to do the responsible thing and turn themselves in. That would certainly look much better on a college application than an college application essay about being taken into custody with your arrested mother. To Michelle MacDonald and Dale Nathan, it’s pathetic how the both of you are wasting law enforcement and judicial resources for your own narcissistic and attention-seeking agendas. And to proclaimed protective parent Sandra Grazzini-Rucki – what would have been so bad about co-parenting or joint custody? It appears you have given up on having any type of relationship with your left-behind children. The only thing you will have accomplished is to be the example that parents shouldn’t engage in parental alienation, and the family court system worked. You were not and are not looking at the “best interests of your children“.


StarTribune – Lakeville police setup up efforts to find missing sisters by Brandon Stahl (April 29, 2015)

Left.MN – Did you bring your toothbrush, Mr. Nathan? by Steve Timmer (April 29, 2015)