David Rucki’s daughter has told police that her father was not abusive to her, nor did David’s daughter witness her father be abusive to any of her siblings.
According to amended criminal complaint filed late yesterday in Dakota County, Samantha Rucki, who is identified as “SVR”, was interviewed by the Lakeville Police Department on June 30, 2016. From the amended criminal complaint filed yesterday:
During the interview, SVR reported the following facts. Rucki never physically assualted SVR and she never saw Rucki physically abuse any of her siblings. As to the events of April 19, 2013, it was her idea to run away and that she asked [Sandra Grazzini-Rucki] to come get her, SVR contacted her mom by phone using “burner”, phones” provided to SVR by [Michael Rhedin]. SVR and GJR were picked up by [Sandra Grazzini-Rucki] and [Dale Nathan]. After dropping [Dale Nathan] off, [Sandra Grazzini-Rucki] drove SVR and GJR to [Deidre Evavold’s] residence in St. Cioud where the three stayed for a day or two. Thereafter, SVR and GJR were taken to the Dahlen resdence and left there by [Sandra Grazzini-Rucki]. [Sandra Grazzini-Rucki] stated that she would be back in a couple of days to pick up SVR and GJR. [Sandra Grazzini-Rucki] did not return to pick up the girls and she never called them during the time they stayed at the Dahlen residence.
On April 19, 2013, the sisters disappeared during a custody and divorce dispute involving their parents. Their mother, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, has been charged with eight felonies related to their disappearance.
On November 18, 2015 – 944 days after they disappeared – the girls were found living on a ranch in northern Minnesota by law enforcement, headed by the Lakeville Police Department. Three additional people have been criminally charged with felonies related to the disappearance of the girls: Dede (Deirdre) Evavold, Douglas Dahlen and his wife, Gina Dahlen.
Rucki was awarded full custody of all five of his children in November 2013, while two of his daughters remained missing.
Grazzini-Rucki’s criminal trial is scheduled to begin next Monday at the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings.
Rucki was reunited with his daughters days after they were found and they live with him at the family’s home in Lakeville.