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Shasta Groene tells survivor’s story

In this March 29, 1909, SR file photo, Shasta Groene speaks about her brother to KREM news.
In this March 29, 1909, SR file photo, Shasta Groene speaks about her brother to KREM news.

None of us will ever forget the gruesome murder and a father's agonizing plea. In May of 2005, Brenda Groene, her boyfriend Mark McKenzie and her son Slade were brutally killed in a rural home in North Idaho. The two youngest Groene children, Dylan and Shasta were kidnapped, and sexually assaulted. No one knew they were being held captive in this remote campsite in the Lolo National Forest in Montana. Steve Groene pleaded on television for his children's abductor to release them safely. Incredibly, 6 weeks later in July, 8-year-old Shasta Groene was spotted at the Denny's restaurant in Couer D' Alene with convicted sex offender Joseph Duncan/Maggie O'Mara, KTVB & Jane McCarthy/KREM. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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