Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and David Rucki were married with five children and living in Lakeville, Minnesota. In 2011, after 20 years of marriage, Sandra filed for divorce citing that her husband had been emotionally and physically abusive to her and the children. David denies the claims. When a court-appointed psychologist claimed Sandra had been manipulating the children into fearing their father, custody was temporarily transferred from Sandra to a relative, Sandra’s sister Nancy Olson, who later said she could no longer care for the children. When the children were transferred to David’s sister Tammy Love, the two eldest, teenage daughters Samantha and Gianna, ran away and disappeared in 2013. While they remained missing, David won full custody of all five children.
Two years later, in 2015, Sandra was named a person of interest in her daughters’ disappearance. One month later, the girls were found at White Horse Ranch in Herman, Minnesota, a non-profit organization that claimed to help abused children heal by working with horses. All five children are now living with their father. Sandra and David are speaking, separately, to ABC News’ Elizabeth Vargas. Her interviews will air on ABC 20/20 on Friday, April 8 at 10pm.