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Shasta’s Story: Shasta Groene’s new path 10 years after tragedy

Shasta Groene
Shasta Groene

BOISE, Idaho -

On a new path, far from home, Shasta Groene clears her mind. The 18-year-old walks the paved streets of southern Idaho, searching for inner peace. This is her new home and her new life, far from the troubled young girl who experienced tragedy a decade ago.

On May 16, 2005, authorities discovered the bodies of three members of the Groene family. Shasta’s mother Brenda, stepfather Mark, and brother Slade were found brutally murdered inside their Coeur d’Alene-area home. Deputies quickly discovered that two children were missing; Shasta and her brother Dylan.

The community prayed for Shasta and Dylan’s safe return, holding vigils, and openly weeping with despair at the idea of two sweet, local kids stolen from their quiet community. More than a month passed, and many believed hope was lost. They were wrong.

On July 2, 2005, Joseph Duncan inexplicably drove Shasta and himself to Coeur d’Alene, where they ate a meal at the local Denny’s. An employee and a customer recognized the young girl from media coverage and called police. Within minutes Duncan was in handcuffs, and 8-year-old Shasta was safe.

Many hoped this was the end of the ordeal. But in many ways, Shasta’s story was just beginning. Full story. Gabe Cohen, KHQ

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.