In an amazing turn of events after nearly 60 days, missing children Dylan and Shasta Groene safe and sound. Dylan and Shasta Groene had been missing since at May 16. (updated correction to story, according to sheriff, Dylan has not been found yet.)
The 8-year-old girl and her brother Dylan, 9, were missing from the murder scene and an Amber Alert was issued for them May 17, the morning after the killings.
Cheryl Morgan, the siblings’ grandmother, told FOX News that Dylan had also been found alive at a house in the area after Shasta told authorities the location.
Taken into custody at the Denny’s restaurant was Joseph Edward Duncan, 42, of Fargo, N.D.
This morning a waitress at a Denny’s restaurant recognized Shasta, and contacted authorities. According to news sources her brother, Dylan, is now safe as well. From MSNBC, Idaho girl missing since mid-May found alive. She says brother is OK, too; suspect arrested.
MSNBC staff and news service reports
Updated: 11:27 a.m. ET July 2, 2005
Eight-year-old Shasta Groene, missing with her brother Dylan, 9, since May 16 after the brutal murders of their mother, her boyfriend and their older brother at their Idaho home, was found alive Saturday in a Denny’s restaurant in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, just about two miles from the house that was the scene of the murders, NBC News has learned.
COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) – An 8-year-old girl who disappeared with her brother six weeks ago from a home where their family members were bludgeoned to death was found Saturday at a Denny’s restaurant in the same town.
The girl’s 9-year-old brother, Dylan, had not been found, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Capt. Ben Wolfinger said. He said Joseph Edward Duncan III, a registered sex offender from Fargo, N.D., had been arrested and charged with kidnapping.
She wouldn’t immediately say if anyone was with child or if an arrest had been made. Deputies could not be immediately reached for further detail.
Let this give hope to all families who have missing children that they constant media attention, the pictures that are passed out, the amber alerts that are issues and most importantly the involvement of “We the People” who keep informed and take the time to do our civic duty to get involved … MAKES A DIFFERENCE.
With the Natalee Holloway story that we have been concentrating on, let this give inspired hope to the Holloway & Twitty families that these types of stories do sometimes have happy endings. Do not give up hope.
>>>> 12:20 pm EDT: UPDATE – CORRECTION
According to MSNBC, Sheriff states that Dylan Shasta has not yet been found.
Also cover is Wizbang, North Dakota Sex Pervert Caught In Idaho
Given this from the same article there is absolutely no reason why Duncan should have been out and capable of committing these crimes.
Duncan had an outstanding warrant for failing to register as a sex offender and had a history of rape, Wolfinger said. He was facing charges of molesting a 6-year-old boy in Minnesota last year but was released on bail in April.
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“Our initial information is that he may be deceased,” Sheriff’s Capt. Ben Wolfinger said, adding that officials were continuing the search for him. He would not elaborate on what kind of information investigators had.
After just hearing this piece of scums criminal record, what in God’s name was this animal out of custody and ready to pray on more victims? Ankle bracelets be damned, people like this need to be locked away for life.
Now I am truly ill, this freak was a blogger. WARNING and I mean WARNING here is a link to his site, Blogging the Fifth Nail. How could no one have seen this coming?
Steve Huff at The Dark Side has an amazing post on this tragic situation. I leave this to Steve as his expertise in this far outweigh mine.
From an entry titled The Demons have Taken Over, posted May 11, 2005:
I have been asking God to help defeat the demons. In fact, last night I was on my knees begging him, crying out loud to him, to help me. He didn’t answer, again …