Timeline

Timeline of Events

2017
January 23

JANUARY 23, 2017 – DOUG AND GINA DAHLEN PLEAD GUILTY TO ONE COUNT EACH OF DEPRIVATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS

Doug and Gina Dahlen each pleaded guilty to one count of depravation of parental rights for their role in the disappearance of two sisters from Lakeville, Minnesota.
2016
November 10

NOVEMBER 10, 2016 – DEDE EVAVOLD SENTENCED

Dede Evavold was sentenced in Dakota County to serve 180 days in jail and she will remain on probation for the next eight years for her role in the disappearance of two sisters from Lakeville.
September 29

SEPTEMBER 29, 2016 – JURY FINDS DEDE EVAVOLD GUILTY OF SIX COUNTS OF DEPRIVATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS

Dede Evavold was convicted on six counts of depravation of parental rights for her role in the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki. It took the jury at the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hasting less than an hour to convict Evavold on all criminal counts she faced.
September 26

SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 – DEDE EVAVOLD’S CRIMINAL TRIAL BEGINS IN DAKOTA COUNTY

The criminal trial of Dede Evavold, who has been charged with six felony counts of deprivation of parental rights involving the disappearance of two children, is scheduled to begin at the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings, Minnesota.
September 21

SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 – SANDRA GRAZZINI-RUCKI SENTENCED

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki was sentenced to serve 34 days in jail and for the following six years, she will serve 15 days in jail on November 18 for the next six years – the anniversary of the day her daughters were found, for her involvement in the disappearance of her two daughters.
July 28

JULY 28, 2016 – JURY FINDS SANDRA GRAZZINI-RUCKI GUILTY OF SIX COUNTS OF DEPRIVATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki was found guilty on six counts of deprivation of parental rights related to the disappearance of her daughters, Samantha and Gianna Rucki. The sisters were taken near their home on April 19, 2013 during a custody and divorce proceeding involving their parents.
July 18

JULY 18, 2016 – START OF SANDRA GRAZZINI-RUCKI’S CRIMINAL TRIAL

The criminal trial of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, who has been charged with eight felony counts of deprivation of parental rights involving the disappearance of her daughters, is scheduled to begin at the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings, Minnesota.
2015
December 11

DECEMBER 11, 2015 – CRIMINAL CHARGES ANNOUNCED AGAINST EVAVOLD, DAHLENS

The Dakota County Attorney’s Office announced criminal charges against Deirdre Evavold, Douglas Dahlen, and his wife Gina Dahlen for their involvement in the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki. Evavold and the Dahlens were each charged with two felony counts of deprivation of parental rights.
November 18

NOVEMBER 18, 2015 – SAMANTHA AND GIANNA RUCKI ARE FOUND

Samantha and Gianna Rucki are found living on a ranch in northern Minnesota – 944 days after they disappeared.
October 18

OCTOBER 18, 2015 – SANDRA GRAZZINI-RUCKI ARRESTED IN FLORIDA

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki is arrested at the Star Island Resort and Club in Kissimmee, Florida. According to court documents, “Grazzini-Rucki requested that Deirdre Evavold be contacted after her arrest.”
August 12

AUGUST 12, 2015 – ARREST WARRANT ISSUED FOR SANDRA GRAZZINI-RUCKI

An arrest warrant is issued for Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, who would later be charged with six felony counts of deprivation of parental rights involving the disappearance of her daughters, Samantha and Gianna Rucki.
2013
April 19

APRIL 19, 2013 – SAMANTHA AND GIANNA RUCKI VANISH

Samantha and Gianna Rucki disappeared during a custody and divorce dispute involving their parents.
February 26

FEBRUARY 26, 2013 – MICHELLE MACDONALD’S FIRST APPEARANCE IN COURT FOR SANDRA GRAZZINI-RUCKI

Michelle MacDonald makes her first appearance on behalf of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki in family court. MacDonald is the fourth attorney to be hired by Grazzini-Rucki for her divorce. Lisa Elliott continues to serve as David Rucki’s attorney.
January 8

JANUARY 8, 2013 – MICHELLE MACDONALD BEGINS SERVING AS SANDRA GRAZZINI-RUCKI’S ATTORNEY

Michelle MacDonald begins serving as Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s new attorney. MacDonald is the fourth attorney to be hired by Grazzini-Rucki. Lisa Elliott continues to serve as David Rucki’s attorney.
2012
November 1

NOVEMBER 1, 2012 – SANDRA’S THIRD ATTORNEY QUITS

Elizabeth Henry withdraws as Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s third attorney. Henry replaced Linda Olup, who withdrew as Grazzini-Rucki’s second attorney in January 2012. Lisa Elliott continues to serve as David Rucki’s attorney.
January 6

JANUARY 6, 2012 – ELIZABETH HENRY BEGINS SERVING AS SANDRA GRAZZINI-RUCKI’S THIRD ATTORNEY

Elizabeth Henry begins serving as Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s third attorney. Henry replaced Linda Olup, who withdrew as Grazzini-Rucki’s second attorney in January 2012. Lisa Elliott continues to serve as David Rucki’s attorney.
January 1

JANUARY 2012 – SANDRA’S SECOND ATTORNEY QUITS

Linda Olup withdraws as Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s second attorney. Lisa Elliott continues to serve as David Rucki’s attorney.
2011
September 23

SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 – COURT VACATES FIRST DIVORCE

The court vacates the first divorce decree between Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and David Rucki, “based on fraud and misrepresentation by [Sandra Grazzini-Rucki], among other reasons.”
September 12

SEPTEMBER 12, 2011 – LINDA OLUP BEGINS SERVING AS SANDRA GRAZZINI-RUCKI’S SECOND ATTORNEY

Linda Olup begins serving as Sandra Grazzini-Rucki second attorney. Olup replaced Kathryn A. Graves, who withdrew as Grazzini-Rucki’s attorney on August 30, 2011. Lisa Elliott continues to serve as David Rucki’s attorney.
August 30

AUGUST 30, 2011 – SANDRA’S FIRST ATTORNEY QUITS

Kathryn A. Graves withdraws as Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s attorney. Lisa Elliott continues to serve as David Rucki’s attorney.
June 6

JUNE 6, 2011 – LISA ELLIOTT BEGINS SERVING AS DAVID RUCKI’S ATTORNEY

Lisa Elliott begins serving as David Rucki’s attorney. While Sandra Grazzini-Rucki has been represented by four different attorneys over the last five years in family court, Elliott continues to represent David Rucki.
May 12

MAY 12, 2011 – FIRST DIVORCE FINALIZED

The court approves the final divorce between Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and David Rucki. On September 23, 2011, The court vacated the first divorce decree between Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and David Rucki, “based on fraud and misrepresentation by [Sandra Grazzini-Rucki], among other reasons.”
April 21

APRIL 21, 2011 – KATHRYN A. GRAVES BEGINS SERVING AS SANDRA GRAZZINI-RUCKI’S ATTORNEY

Kathryn A. Graves begins serving as Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s attorney.
April 21

APRIL 21, 2011 – SANDRA GRAZZINI-RUCKI FILES FOR DIVORCE

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki files for divorce from David Rucki. The divorce is finalized on May 12, 2011. On September 23, 2011, The court vacated the first divorce decree between Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and David Rucki, “based on fraud and misrepresentation by [Sandra Grazzini-Rucki], among other reasons.”
1991
August 31

AUGUST 31, 1991 – SANDRA GRAZZINI & DAVID RUCKI MARRIED

Sandra Grazzini and David Rucki were married on August 31, 1991 in Edina, Minnesota.