Shasta Groene: Kidnapping Survivor Speaks Out A Decade After Her Abduction

Patricia Ramirez - Author

Oct. 28 2016, Updated 3:51 a.m. ET

Ten years ago, Shasta Groene and her brother Dylan were abducted from their Coeur d’Alene, ID-area home. Their disappearance was discovered when police investigated the brutal murder of the children’s mother Brenda, stepfather Mark, and brother Slade on May 16, 2005. At first, police had few leads. They didn’t know who had taken Shasta and Dylan or why, People reported in the month following the murders. The kid’s biological father, Steven Groene, who had been divorced from their slain mother for 15 years at the time of the children’s disappearance, was even reportedly considered a suspect. There were even reports that had failed a polygraph in relation to the crimes, and he stated to the press that the police were very accusatory during the investigation.

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“You know something about the whereabouts of your children. I think you need to tell us now,” an officer allegedly told Groene.

On July 2, 2005, six weeks after Shasta Groene and her brother vanished, with a community mourning what it was beginning to believe would be a forever loss, Shasta’s kidnapper Joseph Duncan brought the 8-year-old girl to a Coeur d’Alene Denny’s for a meal. She was recognized by a member of the staff, who contacted authorities. The police arrested Duncan and interviewed a terrified, traumatized Shasta before reuniting her with her family.


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