A tracker works in the front yard Tuesday, May 17, 2005, while investigators work around the house where three bodies were discovered Monday, May 16, 2005, near Wolf Lodge Bay east of Coeur d'Alene. An Amber Alert has been issued for two children that live in the home.
From left, Arnie Wilkens, Lena Rayburn and Philip Rayburn of the Kootenai County Sheriff's Mounted Posse ride down a powerline trail in the Wolf Lodge area Wednesday afternoon a few miles from the site of a triple murder. They are looking for two children who are usually in the home.
"She was a good mom," said Jesse Groene, 18, an inmate at the Kootenai County Jail as he talked about the death his mom and little brother and his missing siblings, Shasta, 8 and Dylan, 9. Police are investigating the triple homicide in Wolf Lodge Bay discovered on Monday.
Glenn Lauper, right, a fire inspector for the Coeur d'Alene Fire Department, talks with volunteers Jean Carlson, left, and Randy Carlson, second from left, in the Emergency Operations Center at the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, May 18, 2005. When the EOC is activated, Lauper becomes a public information officer and volunteers like the Carlsons take phone calls. This current activation is to take tip calls about the triple homicide and location of the two children from the crime scene who are missing.
A member of the county dive team begins walking the shallow creek near the home in the Wolf Lodge area east of Coeur d'Alene, where three people were killed last weekend. The search for two young children is expanding to creeks and ponds in the nearby rural areas.
Steve Groene, ex-husband of homicide victim Brenda Kay Groene, and father of victim Slade Groene and missing children Dylan and Shasta Groene, speaks to the media to plead for his children's safe return Thursday afternoon near the scene of the slayings in the Wolf Lodge area east of Coeur d'Alene. Groene's son Vance, behind, holds his father's shoulders for support.
Investigators confer outside the crime scene Friday in the Wolf Lodge area. The investigation at the scene of a triple homicide, a small rural house, is winding down.
Bouquets of flowers and two small teddy bears were left in the fence Friday near the house where three people were killed and two children are still missing. The crime happened at a rural home in the Wolf Lodge area earlier this week.
Steve V. Groene, right, supported by a friend, prepares to enter Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, before the funeral for his ex-wife Brenda and son Slade on Wednesday, May 25, 2005. He joined 530 mourners in remembering the two who were killed in a grisly triple homicide in the Wolf Lodge area east of Coeur d'Alene.
Waitress Amber Deahn holds her coffee and answers questions from reporters outside the Denny's Restaurant in Coeur d'Alene where she and another employee discovered Shasta Groene in their restaurant early Saturday morning, July 2, 2005 and called police. The missing child was taken into custody and the man she was with, Joseph E. Duncan III, was arrested.
An unidentified girl carries teddy bears into Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene, where Shasta Groene was being held after being discovered in a Denny's restaurant in Coeur d'Alene on Saturday morning, July 2, 2005. Dozens of children and families who knew the Groene children as well as those that didn't dropped off gifts, cards and balloons for Shasta at the hospital.
This undated photo released Saturday, July 2, 2005, by the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department shows Joseph Edward Duncan III, of Fargo, N.D. Duncan was charged with kidnapping and was being held without bond, Kootenai County Sheriff's Capt. Ben Wolfinger said. He was found in a Denny's Restaurant in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho early Saturday with Shasta Groene, 8, who disappeared with her brother six weeks ago from a Coeur d'Alene home where family members were bludgeoned to death.
Shasta Groene at Kootenai Medical Center on Monday July 4, 2005.
In this image made from security camera video provided by the owner of the convenience store, Shasta Groene and her alleged abductor, Joseph Edward Duncan III, are seen entering a convenience store Friday evening, July 1, 2005 in Kellogg, Idaho, hours before she was rescued. Shasta and her brother Dylan had been missing since May 16, when the bound and bludgeoned bodies of their mother, older brother and mother's boyfriend were found at their rural home. Early Saturday, July 2, 2005, employees and customers spotted Shasta eating breakfast with Duncan, a violent sexual predator, at a Denny's restaurant in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Joseph Edward Duncan III is seen making his first appearance via video feed at the Kootenai County jail on Tuesday in front of Magistrate Judge Scott Waymen. He was charged with two counts of kidnapping Dylan and Shasta Groene.
Kootenai County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Brad Maskell of major crimes talks on his phone Tuesday evening some 16 miles from St. Regis, Mont., from a desolate crime scene where human remains were found believed to be those of Dylan Groene in a campsite in the Lolo National Forest.
FBI investigators leave a small logging road 16 miles from St. Regis, Mont., in the Lolo National Forest from a crime scene where human remains believed to be those of Dylan Groene were found.
Steve Groene walks away from speaking at a press conference in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, on Wednesday afternoon. Groene thanked the community for helping to find his daughter and spoke against sex offenders and critized the judicial system for letting the offenders out of jail.
Steve Groene, left, greets Lt. Dan Soumas of the Kootenai County Sheriffs Department and other law enforcement officials outside the county jail where Joseph Edward Duncan III pled not guilty in a courtroom Wednesday, August 23, 2005 in Coeur d'Alene. He is charged with six capital murders. Groene is the father of Slade and Dylan Groene and he is the ex-husband of Brenda Kay Groene, all allegedly murdered by Duncan.
A line of more than 100 motorcycles rumble away from Cruisers, a bar in Stateline, Idaho, on May 6, 2006. The bikers planned to ride around the Spokane Valley and downtown area to gather signatures on a Washington state petition to make violent sex offenses punishable by life without parole. The initiative is called "Dylan's Law" after Dylan Groene, a young boy abducted and murdered in 2005.
Former Fernan Elementary fifth-graders and others play on the new wall ball court, which has a simple brass plaque attached, after it was dedicated at Fernan on Friday, Sept. 1, 2006 in the memory of Dylan Groene, who allegedly died at the hands of Joseph Edward Duncan while he was a fourth-grader at Fernan Elementary in the spring of 2005. Donations, cash and in-kind, paid for the new wall. Friends, family and classmates of Groene's turned out for the dedication.
Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Douglas, left, waits for a pretrial hearing to begin Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, in the courtroom at the Public Safety Building. Chief Public Defender John Adams sits at right. The attorneys were waiting for a hearing to determine if Shasta Groene is competent to testify in the criminal trial against accused murderer Joseph Edward Duncan III.
"It's like sitting in the room with the devil," said Darlene Torres, Brenda Matthews Groene's mother about being in the courtroom with Joseph Duncan at the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department Justice building in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho on Monday, Oct. 16, 2006.
Joseph Edward Duncan, right, sits with his attorney, John Adams, left, before the hearing where he would plead guilty to the murders of Mark McKenzie, Brenda Matthews Groene and Slade Groene Monday, Oct. 16, 2006, in Coeur d'Alene.