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PHOTOS: The 2005 Joseph Duncan investigation

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A tracker works in the front yard Tuesday, May 17, 2005, while investigators work around the house where three bodies were discovered Monday, May 16, 2005, near Wolf Lodge Bay east of Coeur d’Alene. (PHOTO: Spokesman Review) A tracker works in the front yard Tuesday, May 17, 2005, while investigators work around the house where three bodies were discovered Monday, May 16, 2005, near Wolf Lodge Bay east of Coeur d’Alene. (PHOTO: Spokesman Review)
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On May 16, 2005, Kootenai County Sheriff's Deputies found the bodies of three people inside a home near Wolf Lodge Bay east of Coeur d'Alene. 

The bodies of Brenda Groene, her boyfriend Mark McKenzie and her 13-year-old son Slade Groene were the ones discovered in the home. All three were beaten to death with a hammer. Soon after that discovery, Authorities issued an AMBER Alert for two children missing from the home: 8-year-old Shasta and 9-year-old Dylan Groene

Seven weeks later, Police arrested Joseph Duncan at a restaurant. Shasta was still alive, but Duncan had molested her and her brother for several weeks at different campsites while hiding out, and he eventually murdered Dylan. Dylan's body was found in a makeshift campsite in the Lolo National Forest near St. Regis, Montana. 

Duncan took a plea deal before his trial began and was ultimately sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Later, Duncan was indicted in Federal Court and eventually was sentenced to death after pleading guilty to all ten charges against him. He has since been trying to appeal, but to no avail. 

It was a story that shocked the area, the country and even the world. Photos courtesy of The Spokesman Review in the slideshow above outline the investigation from Day 1 until Duncan's plea deal in October 2006.

In the ten years since the unthinkable crime, the lone survivor, Shasta Groene has spoken to media a few times. She recently sat down with KHQ's Gabe Cohen to open up about that horrible day, the weeks she spent with Joseph Duncan, and what her life is like now, including a "miracle surprise", ten year later. 

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