02 July 2005

Shasta Groene Found in Idaho

Thank God.

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - An 8-year-old girl who disappeared with her brother six weeks ago from a home where their family members were bludgeoned to death was found Saturday at a Denny's restaurant in the same town.

A dispatcher for the Kootenai County sheriff's department said Saturday that Shasta Groene was spotted Saturday. The dispatcher, who did not want to be named, had no information on Shasta's missing 9-year-old brother, Dylan.

She wouldn't immediately say if anyone was with child or if an arrest had been made. Deputies could not be immediately reached for further detail.

Dylan and Shasta Groene had been missing since at least May 16, when sheriff's deputies responded to their rural home after a neighbor reported that dogs were barking and the door of one vehicle was open but no one was in sight.

The deputies found the bound bodies of Brenda Groene, 40, Slade Groene, 13, and Mark McKenzie, 37. The victims were bound and then bludgeoned to death.

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