On the evening of April 19 2013 Samantha and Gianna Rucki disappeared. Two of five children born to David Rucki and Sandra Grazzini-Rucki the teenage sisters vanished in the midst of their parents' divorce.
The girls' father David Rucki worked tirelessly with law enforcement to search day and night for his two missing daughters following every lead while raising three remaining children at home. Their mother Sandra Grazzini-Rucki used her newfound freedom to vacation around the world abandoning her children. And as the investigation intensified catching the attention of the media Sandra also disappeared.
The Girls Are Gone is the true story of two sisters who went missing the father who kept searching and the adults who conspired to keep the truth hidden.
Michael Brodkorb's reporting on the Samantha and Gianna Rucki case began with the Star Tribune in 2015. He is currently a columnist with MinnPost. A lifelong resident of Minnesota Michael is also an experienced communication public affairs and research consultant. He lives in Eagan Minnesota with his family.