Gina & Scott Dahlen Plead Guilty

January 24, 2017

Gina Dahlen and Scott Dahlen, the owners of White Horse Ranch in Hermann, Minnesota plead guilty to one count of depravation of parental rights for their role in the Teenager Family Abduction of the Rucki girls

Both of the Dahlens admitted in court that they knew the teenagers’ father had been awarded custody of all five of his children in November 2013. The girls were held for 942 days. The Dahlens admitted they knew he had custody and failed to contact the father or law enforcement. The Dahlens had been charged with six felony counts.

It is unclear of the Dahlens were charged with a Felony. They testified against both Sandra Rucki and Dede Evavold.

Gina and Doug Dahlen will be sentenced on April 3, 2017 at the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings, Minnesota.

The horse did not plead guilty.



Dede Evavold – Protective Parent Accomplice Guilty of 6 Felony Counts

September 30, 2016

Dede Evavold Mugshot (Photo Credit: Missing in Minnesota)

There was a historic verdict this week in Dakota County Minnesota as Assistant District Attorney Kathy Keena successfully prosecuted Deirdre “Dede” Evavold for 6 Felony Counts for Deprivation of Child Custody in the Sandra Rucki Teenager Family Abduction Case. This could be the very first criminal prosecution of a protective parent movement / family court critic accomplice. In 1992, Assistant District Attorney Rose Wing of Cobb County Georgia was unable to get a guilty verdict in the trial of the infamous Faye Yager. But over two


Assistant DA Dakota County

decades later it is Assistant DA Kathy Keena that has now delivered the verdict that could finally put an end to the protective parent / family court critic movement — or the parental kidnapping of children.

Family Abduction or the kidnapping of young children is a horrific crime and once an arrested protective parent is finally caught, most District Attorneys are reticent to charge third party accomplices. The DAs normally get the felony conviction on the parent that kidnapped the child(ren) and do not take the extra step to prosecute the accomplices.

On behalf of the Family Abduction Community of Recovering and Searching Parents, their families and others involved in these cases, we congratulate Assistant DA Keena and her team at the Dakota County DAs Office and other law enforcement in this case. We have waited a very long time to see a verdict like this that will hopefully help to shut down these movements.

What’s next – will Gina and Doug Dahlen take their case to trial or will they now plead guilty to save the taxpayers the expense of a trial? Keena is now 2-0 and the Dahlens will now need to negotiate with her their plea deal. I would think the key question that remains is that will the Keena also want the Felony Charges against the Dahlens?

Dakota County News Release: Former Lakeville Woman Convicted of Depriving Father of Custody of Two Daughters

July 28, 2016

Here’s the press release from Dakota County James Backstrom.


Editor’s Note: On behalf of the Missing Children’s Community, Thank you for prosecuting this Teenager Family Abduction Case. It’s verdict is historic for deterring others from committing this crime.

Breaking News: Sandra Rucki Found Guilty on 6 Felony Counts in Teenager Family Abduction Case!

July 28, 2016

Sandra Grazzini Rucki Found Guilty

This just in from MissinginMinnesota’s Twitter Account, Sandra Grazzini has been found guilty of 6 of 8 counts of Felony Deprivation of Child Custody. She was found not guilty of 2 counts of causing her children to be runaways. She was taken into custody and required to post $100K for bail with no conditions/$50K with conditions. She previously rejected two plea deals, offered to save her former spouse and her children the trauma of the trial.



MissinginMinnesota Twitter

A Teenager Family Abduction Case in Minnesota

July 14, 2016

Sandra Rucki Trial to Begin July 18th

In a Teenage Family Abduction Trial, Sandra Rucki has been charged in Dakota County with eight felonies in the kidnapping of her two teenage daughters.  Dede Evavold, Gina Dahlen and Doug Dahlen have also been charged as co-conspirators. The Jury Trial for Sandra Rucki is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 18, 2016.

As we approach this trial date, the Family Abduction Community of Victim Parents including both Recovering Parents and Searching Parents are closely following this case. This is one of the first cases in America where the District Attorney is also prosecuting the co-conspirators. In most International and Domestic Family Abduction Cases, the co-conspirators reside outside the jurisdiction. But in the Rucki Teenager Family Abduction, the girls were found in a nearby county in Herman, Minnesota.

The results of this case are important not only in deterring the crime of Teenager Family Abduction but sending the message to the Protective Parent and Family Court Critic Network cause that there will be severe penalties for those that engage in civil disobedience. After 9-11, when it became more difficult for protective parents to obtain a falsified United States Passport, it was thought that this cause had ended. But in recent years, there has been an  emergence of a small new movement of Family Court Critics/Protective Parents that are questioning the fitness of our Nation’s Family Court. They are attacking the Family Court Judges and the fathers in these cases on the Internet and in Social Media to support their cause. For many of these critics, it is  the same supporters that are against “joint custody” and “coparenting” and want the courts to bring back “maternal custody”.

In these cases, a defendant like Sandra Rucki is committed to the protective parent cause and wants a trial to promote herself and cause. Her supporters want the trial. But the co-conspirators like Gina Dahlen and Doug Dahlen may simply want to go on with their lives and may regret getting involved. On the other hand, they should have understood the severity of the crime of child kidnapping. A Family Abduction in the eyes of the searching parent is no different than a Stranger Abduction. Many of us feel that not allowing them any type of immunity and sending them to prison for some period may do more to deterring this crime. And for Sandra Rucki and her co-conspirator Dede Evavold, it is important that they receive long prison sentences for their crime.

As we get closer to a trial date, it’s likely that the District Attorney may want to save the county taxpayer’s the costs of these trials. The co-conspirators like the Dahlens will be doing everything they can to stay out of prison and the Felony Conviction. And Sandra Rucki may have an enlightened moment that when convicted, she might receive one of the longest prison sentences ever —  and finally arrive at the decision it would be in the best interests of her children that she plead guilty.

More criminal charges filed against Sandra Rucki in Teenager Family Abduction Case

July 14, 2016
Sandra Rucki, Mugshot

Sandra Rucki – Trial Starts in July 2016

The Dakota County Attorney’s Office has filed additional criminal charges against Sandra Grazzini-Rucki for her involvement in the disappearance of her two daughters, Samantha and Gianna Rucki.

Two additional felony charges of deprivation of parental rights were filed against Grazzini-Rucki late yesterday. Grazzini-Rucki has now been charged with eight felony counts of deprivation of parental rights.

Her criminal trial is scheduled to begin next Monday at the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings.

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More criminal charges files against Grazzini-Rucki (Missing in Minnesota, 07-12-16)

Do the Wolferts Sisters Have Stockholm Syndrome?

February 2, 2016

“Stockholm syndrome, or capture-bonding, is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with the captors.”

After a Family Abduction recovery, parental kidnapping victims usually go to reunification therapy with their custodial parent as recommended by the Department of Justice. In these cases the arrested parental kidnapper will use news and social media as a new forum to deprive her former spouse of his custodial rights. Since the protective mom will most likely claim the “Necessity Defense” as her criminal defense, the desperate defendant will levy ever single possible allegation against her former spouse. She will also claim that the United States Court System and Criminal Justice System were unable to deliver her desired results. As part of this defense, she will also need to prove that she exhausted all her legal remedies before fleeing and her belief to protect her children were reasonable.

To protect her teenage children from testifying against her, she will also do everything to ensure independent professional therapists are not allowed to evaluate the children. So in the Wolferts Sisters case, the mother had months in which she held her teenage daughters hostage. The daughters were no doubt not allowed to attend school like most teenagers and were kept off social media and the Internet. In these cases, many would say it is likely the daughters have Stockholm Syndrome in being loyal to their mother, the accused kidnapper.

The Wolferts Sisters may also have been kept underground in hiding with their promise to make them Kardashian or Jerry Springer Celebs on the Internet or TV Talk Show Circuit. Their lone appearance was on Dr. Phil in a video. Unfortunately, as we have seen in other Parental Kidnapping Cases, Hollywood is really not interested in the divorce/custody shows. The TV Talk Shows are not interested in these parental kidnapping or custody battle stories. Besides, these protective moms never make good reality TV stars with their narcissist borderline pathogenic parenting. So now the Wolferts Sisters will need to decide how they move forward with their lives. It certainly doesn’t sound like the TV Talk Show Circuit is their next stop. Their older sister got married at a young age just like her mother.  Will they follow in that path too or is now the time to be thinking about College.


Breaking: Gina and Doug Dahlen and Dede Evavold Charged in Sandra Rucki Parental Kidnapping Case

January 12, 2016

In the historic Teenager Family Abduction Case in Minnesota, Gina Dahlen, Douglas Dahlen and Dede Evavold were charged on January 11, 2016 as third party conspirators in the Sandra Rucki Parental Kidnapping Case. This is one of the few times that alleged members of the protective parent movement or family court critics will be prosecuted. They have been charged with 2 counts of parental deprivation for their alleged role in hiding the Rucki girls.

Gina Dahlen - Arrested

Gina Dahlen – Arrested

Doug Dahlen - Arrested

Doug Dahlen – Arrested

Dede Evavold - Arrested

Dede Evavold – Arrested

Editor’s Comments: Over the years in Family Abduction Trials, there have been a number of third party conspirators that have taken the witness stand to testify that they were just helping the parental kidnapper as good samaritans. Some of them cried on the witness stand when admonished by the District Attorney that they could be charged. These protective parent movement supporters and/or family court critics didn’t believe that they would ever be prosecuted for helping a parental kidnapper. To all searching parents, the kidnapping of their child is one of the worst nightmare’s for a parent. Finally, a District Attorney has stepped up in Minnesota that will take the first step toward changing that storyline. Parental Kidnapping is a horrible crime against children and teenagers. These three individuals could have helped the Rucki girls in so many other ways other than helping Sandra Rucki deprive her former spouse of custody of his children.

Breaking: Statement from Rucki Family

November 21, 2015

Here’s a statement from the Rucki Family:

Source: @Mbrokorb Twitter Post

Source: @Mbrodkorb Twitter Post

The Rucki Family thanked the Lakeville Police Department, US Marshalls Service and the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, the Jacob Wetterling Foundation and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. They also thanked Star Tribune Reporters Michael Brodkorb and Brandon Stahl