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THE TURNAROUND

Retail Titan Makes Millions; A Dog Lover and the American Dream; Missing Girl Found

Aired July 2, 2005 - 11:00   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


BETTY NGUYEN, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning I'm Betty Nguyen at the CNN headquarters in Atlanta. "THE TURNAROUND" with Ali Velshi begins in 60 seconds but first here's a check of the headlines right now in the news.
Thousands of music fans are jamming concert sites around the globe today for Live 8. Artists hope to draw attention to poverty in Africa. They want wealthy nations to lend a hand. The U.S. concert in Philadelphia gets underway in about an hour from now. Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Black Eyed Peas, and Jay-Z headline the event.

Thousands of protestors are on the streets in Edinboro, Scotland today. Like Live 8 organizers, they are demanding that G-8 leaders increase aid to poor African nations and forgive debt. The G-8 Summit opens Wednesday in Scotland.

Two suicide attacks in Iraq today to talk about. One targeted a line of police recruits in Baghdad. At least a dozen people were killed, almost double number wounded. And a suicide car bomber attacked a check point south of Baghdad. At least one person was killed in that attack.

The U.S. military says it has bombed terrorist compound in northeastern Afghanistan. A spokesman indicates the targets were time-sensitive, meaning the individuals would be at the location for only a short while.

Meanwhile, U.S. crews continue to search for a number of Special Forces troops missing since Tuesday.

And Corretta Scott King has canceled several public appearances, raising questions about her health. The widow of Martin Luther King Jr. was hospitalized briefly in April for a heart ailment. But as recently as Tuesday, one of King's sons told a crowd his mother was doing well but limiting her activities on doctor's orders.

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We have a complete wrap-up of the news in one hour with Fredricka Whitfield. "THE TURNAROUND" with Ali Velshi begins right now.

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ALI VELSHI, HOST (voice-over): Next on "THE TURNAROUND," a dog lover who has tried to take a bite out of the American dream.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We've got everything from artwork to calendars. There's Woofy Pies, Bulldog bars.

VELSHI: A retail titan who's turned one clothing store into a multimillion dollar chain.

GLEN SENK, PRESIDENT, ANTHROPOLOGIE: I had a good track record of creating a compelling store environment.

VELSHI: Can this merchandising whiz teach this struggling entrepreneur how to succeed in the dog-eat-dog world of business?

SENK: I have to say this really turns me off.

VELSHI: "THE TURNAROUND" begins now.

They're cute. They're cuddly and their man's best friend. When it comes to pets, canines are top dog. Forty-three and a half million U.S. households own a dog and there are almost 74 million pet pup in the country. And if you think they're not being pampered, think again. In...

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(INTERRUPTED BY CNN COVERAGE OF BREAKING NEWS)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is CNN breaking news.

NGUYEN: We have breaking news to tell you about. It involves an eight-year-old girl who has been missing since May 16. Eight-year-old Shasta Groene went missing after her mother, brother and her mother's boyfriend were found dead in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho. Her brother, 9- year-old Dylan Groene is also missing. But we have learned today that 8-year-old Shasta Groene has been found around 2 a.m. according to a spokesman for a local sheriff's department there in Idaho. We don't know the circumstances surrounding them finding her or the whereabouts of her brother, 9-year-old Dylan Groene. But as far as we know, this into CNN at this moment -- 8-year-old Shasta Groene missing since May 16 when her mother, one of their brothers and her mother's boyfriend was found beaten to death in their mother's home has been found alive in Idaho, according to sheriff's department officials.

Of course, we are staying on top of this, trying to get you the latest information as it becomes available to us. But just do recap, we're learning today that 8-year-old Shasta Groene who's' been missing since May 16 when her mother, her brother and her mother's boyfriend was found murdered in her mother's home, has been found -- she is found alive. But she was discovered around 2:00 this morning in Idaho. We don't know the circumstances on how she was found, whether she is injured. We also don't know where her 9-year-old brother is, Dylan Groene. But of course, we're keeping on top of this. We are working the phone lines. We have reporters at the scene, trying to get as much information as possible. And as soon as we know, we will bring it to you. This has been a CNN update.

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VELSHI (voice-over): Glen Senk is the president of Anthropologie, a division of Urban Outfitters.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I have some 25 years of retail experience.

VELSHI: Anthropologie and the chain of boutique-style women's clothing and accessory stores. Glenn joined the company in 1994 when it had just one store in nearby Wayne. Glen played a key role in turning that one store into an expanding retail success, 61 shops nationwide with sales reaching upward of $350 million in 2004. Before that, Glen was at senior vice president at Williams Sonoma. He got his start in the retail game at Bloomingdale's where he worked his way from being a buyer into the executive suites.

SENK: I thought over time, I had a good track record of putting together a compelling concept, putting together a compelling product assortment, creating a compelling store environment, a compelling marketing message.

Hello, how's my baby?

VELSHI: Glen is a dog owner and unbeknownst to David, he's a Bone Appetite customer. He's fond of the dog boutique concept and he thinks it's got potential.

SENK: I believe the pet business is growing. I think people are spending more and more money on luxury things for their pets. I think I can help David think more about how to position Bone Appetite relative to the rest of the world that sells pet supplies.

VELSHI: That's been Glen's formula for success. Even though it's a chain, each Anthropologie store has a keenly crafted identity.

SENK: When I went to business school, one of the marketing tenants that I learned was you need selling proposition. So what that means to mean as a merchant is that each and every successful retail concept has a unique reason for being. And I think he needs to really verbalize and understand what his unique reason for being is. Once he knows that, once he knows who his customer is, that will drive his product content, that will drive visual merchandising, that will drive the marketing and so on.

VELSHI: But after 25 years in retail, does he think about the executive or as the all important customer?

(on camera): When you're in a store like David's or any store, I wonder if this just spoils the shopping experience for you.

SENK: When I walk into a retail store, I always try to experience the store as a customer. I -- so I try to leave Glen the retailer at home and go in as Glen the customer.

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(INTERRUPTED BY CNN COVERAGE OF BREAKING NEWS) UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is CNN Breaking News.

NYGUEN: We have an update on this breaking news to tell you about right now. Eight-year-old Shasta Groene, she is the girl who has been missing since May 18 when her mother, her brother and her mother's boyfriend was found dead in Idaho. Well, apparently, Shasta Groene has been found alive today. We want to go on the phone right now with Shasta's great aunt, Sue Torres, who is in Gillette, Wyoming, to get the latest on this.

Has it been confirmed to you, Ms. Torres, that Shasta is indeed alive and well today?

Yes, it has.

NYUGEN: How did you get the news?

SUE TORRES, SHASTA GROENE'S GREAT AUNT: From my family in Idaho and from my friends at "Spokane News", (UNINTELLIGIBLE) TV, Alana Golds (ph).

NYUGEN: And what did they tell you about how she was found, the circumstances surrounding that?

TORRES: The only thing that I really know is that a waitress at a Denny's restaurant in Coeur D'Alene recognized her.

NYUGEN: And she's well? She's OK?

TORRES: She's well. She's in the hospital. She's talking. She wants her daddy. That's just what I heard from the little gal at the Denny's restaurant that spotted her.

NYUGEN: What about her 9-year-old brother Dylan Groene who has also been missing since May 16? Have you heard about his whereabouts?

TORRES: No, I think Shasta is probably going to take us to him.

NYUGEN: Was Shasta with anyone at this Denny's restaurant? What do you know about that?

TORRES: Yes, and that's -- there's a press conference in Coeur D'Alene right now and they're releasing the name. I hate to same the name without...

NYUGEN: That's OK. Do you know who this person is though? If you don't want to release the name. Who is this person? Is it a male or a female?

TORRES: I've never heard -- it's a male and I've never heard the name before.

NYUGEN: So it's not a relative or a friend or anything like that?

TORRES: I have never heard this name. All I know is he's supposedly from North Dakota.

NYUGEN: A man from North Dakota. Do you know how she was spotted at this Denny's restaurant?

TORRES: In the restaurant. She was in the restaurant with him.

NYUGEN: And one of the workers there recognized her face?

TORRES: Yes, one of the waitresses.

NYUGEN: OK. And just to recap for our viewers, we are learning today that 8-year-old Shasta Groene has been found alive. We are talking on the phone with her great aunt, Sue Torres, who lives in Wyoming. She's giving us the details about this information that we are just learning here at CNN.

So Sue, you told us that she was found at a Denny's restaurant. Any indication where she's been since May 16th?

TORRES: No. And she's -- you know she's at the hospital now and they're going to probably do all their checks that they need. And there will be more as the day goes on.

NYUGEN: And I also want to know the latest, if you can update us, on the investigation into the death of Shasta's mother, brother and her mother's boyfriend. Where is that at this point? TORRES: It's ongoing. I know that there is more agents coming in. And this is going to help us a lot.

NYUGEN: I can tell in your voice that you...

TORRES: Oh...

NYUGEN: Go ahead.

TORRES: OK, I'm sorry. I just had another call.

NYUGEN: I can tell in your voice that you are very emotional, which is understandable. Tell me how you're feeling. Are -- you've got to be so relieved that after all this time Shasta has been found alive.

TORRES: Yes, I am. We knew that they're out there and we were going to get them. And now they're coming home.

NYUGEN: Now, you say they. Does that mean her brother is alive, too?

TORRES: We -- the family just really, really believes strongly.

NYUGEN: But you have no indication that Dylan Groene is alive at this point?

TORRES: No.

NYUGEN: Is there speculation or is there any information that leads you to believe that Shasta was with Dylan or has been with Dylan since she went missing on May 16?

TORRES: No -- you know I haven't -- because I haven't got to talk to anybody. The family is still waiting to get in to see her. And all of my family is at the hospital.

NYUGEN: And the other relatives that are around Shasta at this point, who would they be?

TORRES: My nieces, Brandy (ph), Misty, Sammy, and my brother Rocky, my sister-in-law Darlene.

NYUGEN: And I ask because you said Shasta said she wanted to see her father. Is her father there?

TORRES: Oh, I'm sure he is, yes.

NYUGEN: OK. Because we have learned that her mother, her brother and her mother's boyfriend was killed in her mother's home and the search is still underway for the person who killed them. And as we look back at what happened, as we learned this information, give me a sense of do you believe that Shasta has been -- from what you have learned today, has been in the Idaho area all this time?

TORRES: I don't know. But thank God she was there last night.

NYUGEN: Because she was found with this gentleman, this man from North Dakota, you say, at a Denny's restaurant but you have no clue as to who this person is.

TORRES: No, I never heard of the name.

NYUGEN: OK. So do you have any indication when we will be able to hear or when you might hear from Shasta, so we would get an idea of how she is doing, if she has been injured, and what she's undergone since May 16 when she went missing?

TORRES: I'm sure that will come out with the investigation. She probably just wants her family right now.

NYUGEN: And have you learned from those that you've spoken with today what Shasta has told them about where she's been, what she has seen and what she's undergone for this, well over a month now?

TORRES: Yes. No, I haven't and I'm sure that they're still, you know, making sure she's OK.

NYUGEN: OK. Sue Torres, Shasta' great aunt, we appreciate your time and what information you did have to provide with us today. Thank you.

We want to go now and grab some more information on the story that is just still breaking at the moment. Melissa Luck is a reporter with KXLY. She is at the Denny's restaurant where Shasta Groene was discovered today, where she was found.

Melissa, what you can tell us about the circumstances on how she was found at that Denny's restaurant?

MELISSA LUCK, KXLY REPORTER: Well, it just happened around 2:00 this morning, so obviously a young girl coming into a Denny's at two in the morning is going to catch the attention of some of folks here. Two women who work here, one manager and one server, noticed her, thought she looked familiar and were looking for the picture that they had hanging of Shasta in the restaurant to try to compare and see if this was the same young girl. They couldn't find that flyer. In fact, they think maybe the man who Shasta came in with may have taken it down when they came into the restaurant. But they stat there for a few minutes. They kept walking around and trying to connect and tried to talk this little girl, in fact, to get a closer look and see if she was Shasta Groene.

Now, at one point, they figured we better just call the police, take their chances even if this is a false report just in case. So they did call the police. And they needed to keep this pair here while they were waiting for police to arrive, so they talked Shasta into ordering a milkshake. And they took their time making it and then brought it to her just before police arrived. Now, at that point, police came in. They questioned the man that Shasta was with and questioned Shasta separately. At that point, one of waitresses who was here at Denny's asked the little girl, what's her name, and she said, "I'm Shasta Groene," immediately starting crying. The waitress picked her up and the waitress ended up talking to her later on in a squad car where she was crying, saying she wanted her daddy. She just wanted to go home and she wanted her daddy. So there is elation her at the Denny's right now and just a lot of satisfaction for being able to put those two things together and try to figure out if this was indeed Shasta Groene.

NYUGEN: Yes. That was some quick thinking on the part of the workers there at the Denny's restaurant. Can you give us an indication of exactly where is this restaurant in relationship to the house where Shasta's mother, brother and her mother's boyfriend were found murdered?

LUCK: The restaurant is right in the town of Coeur D'Alene. The house is about -- probably about 10 miles from where we are. But we are right on Interstate 90 and so is the house. So it's a relatively -- I mean it's 10 miles away, but it's a relatively short drive from where all of this happened, which is -- it's what is stunning so many people who are coming here this morning thinking I can't believe they're -- you know that she's been found here in Coeur D'Alene when they've been looking for so long.

NYUGEN: Absolutely. They've been looking since May 16 and I find it very shocking that she was so close to home at this Denny's restaurant. What do you know about man that she was in the restaurant with?

LUCK: I don't know too much. We heard a description this morning from the workers here. They say he was a tall man in his late 30's, early 40's, dark hair, curly hair. They said he was calm and relaxed the entire time they were here. He didn't appear agitated. He didn't seem like he was really trying to hide anything. They ordered an appetizer sampler. They were sharing it. And at one point, he took Shasta. She went into the restroom. And he went into the men's restroom separately. And they said he didn't really become upset until that first squad car pulled into the parking lot and that he immediately bolted back to the table. At that point, the Denny's manager had told the cooks, "You guys hang out at the back door. Do not let this guy get out of here." And she said there was a table of about five guys sitting next to them, and she was ready to let them know, hey, don't let this guy get out. So when police came in, they said he was cooperative and he did go with authorities.

There is a press conference that happened a little while ago and they talked about this man. I've only heard a little bit because I'm not at that scene. But we had heard he's from Fargo, North Dakota. He has a warrant out for his arrest already and that he was booked on that warrant and kidnapping charges and is being questioned right now.

At 9:00 Pacific Time, they're having another press conference to talk about his criminal history and a little bit more about his arrest. But they said right now they don't think that there's any connection that they know of between him and Shasta Groene.

NYUGEN: All right. And so, when Shasta was in this restaurant and the folks in Denny's, the employees there noticed her, did they also notice that there was a sense of fear between Shasta and this man that she was with?

LUCK: No. They said that they had asked her a couple of questions. They were asking her if she wanted some crayons or just asking her, you know what she wanted to eat. And they said she was hesitate especially with the younger waitress and she would kind of look up at the man and say, "Is that OK" in a quiet voice and kind of wait for him to respond. But they said there didn't seem like an overwhelming sense of fear. She wasn't trying to run away and being pulled back or anything like that. But they said she was a little hesitant. And obviously, as soon as the police came, she really broke down.

NYUGEN: What about the whereabouts of her brother, 9-year-old Dylan Groene? What do you know about that?

LUCK: We know that they're searching down several leads this morning. The sheriff said about a half hour ago that this story is developing rapidly. He is saying that they don't know where Dylan Groene is right now but obviously the investigators are going to keep some things close to their vest right now as they try to find this little boy.

But again, we don't know. And that's kind of the concern and the mixed feelings here at this Denny's. There's so much happiness for finding Shasta and now new hope for finding Dylan, but still a lot of concern about where exactly he is right now.

NYUGEN: And in speaking with Shasta, was there any indication that she aware of what had happened to her family, her mother and her brother who were murdered? LUCK: You know there was one conversation that this waitress had when she was sitting in the back of the squad car with Shasta, kind of calming her down and comforting her, and someone asked about her brother. Now, she said, at that point, he's in heaven. But then they figured out later she was referring to her brother, Slade, who was killed in that triple murder. So it seems -- if that's any indication, obviously she knows what's gone on with her family. But we don't know specifically how much she knows. And I'm sure that's what investigators are trying to find out right now.

NYUGEN: And let us get an idea of her condition when she was found. Did she appear healthy and unharmed?

LUCK: They said she looked great. In fact, we were -- you know my first question was was her appearance altered in any way and they said, no. She looked just like the pictures and that she looked healthy and you know, considering the circumstances, she looked pretty good. And the sheriff echoed that as well. So she's being examined right now at a local medical center. And I'm sure we'll maybe find out more about her condition. But they said here at the Denny's that she looked fine.

NYUGEN: All right. And let's go back to this man that she was found with, this man from Fargo, North Dakota, who had a warrant out for his arrest. Do we know what that warrant is and what kind of a criminal history he might have?

LUCK: We don't know at this point. We know that the sheriff here in Kootenai County is giving a press conference at 9:00 Pacific Time and has promised to release that information: what his criminal history is and kind of how they think he may have come to be in Coeur D'Alene and be with Shasta Groene. But they said they're saving that for 9:00.

NYUGEN: So this is not a man who was known in that community? This was not someone that people were familiar with?

LUCK: I'm sorry, say that again.

NYUGEN: So this is not a man who was known in that community there in Coeur D'Alene? This is not someone that people were familiar with?

LUCK: Not that I know of at this point. They said they've never seen him her in the Denny's, a place that they have a lot of regulars. And I don't -- they just said he's from Fargo. But I don't know how long he's been in this area, if he has a local address. They didn't mention that this morning. So that I'm sure will come up in this upcoming press conference in less than an hour.

NYUGEN: All right. We are going to let you go for a moment so you can gather your information. We'll probably be checking back. We want to thank you for your time, Melissa Luck with affiliate KXLY.

This story, the information is still streaming in to CNN. But just for a quick recap right now, 8-year-old Shasta Groene who has been missing for six weeks, since May 16 where her mother, her brother and her mother's body friend was found murdered in their home, has been found today. She was found today not far from her home there in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho. And we understand she was discovered at a Denny's restaurant with a man from North Dakota. We don't know much about this man but we are hoping to learn more about that through the day. Perhaps we can learn some more about that actually right now with Captain Ben Wolfinger. He is with Kootenai County, the sheriff's department there.

Captain, tell me about what you know about what happened this morning and how it played out?

CAPT. BEN WOLFINGER, KOOTENAI COUNTY, IDAHO POLICE: Well, about 1:50 this morning, the staff at the Denny's restaurant here in Coeur D'Alene recognized Shasta Groene sitting a booth there in the restaurant. They contacted the Coeur D'Alene city police who responded to the restaurant, were able to confirm that it was indeed Shasta and were able to take the man who she was with into custody without any problems. His name is Joseph Edward Duncan III. He's from -- he's 42 years of age. He listed an address of Fargo, North Dakota. That's about all that we have at this time. Investigators are obviously overwhelmed right now with the amount of information and they're following up with all of the information that they're being able to gather at this point.

NYUGEN: Captain, this Joseph Edward Duncan, this 42-year-old man who was found with Shasta this morning, we had learned just moments ago from Melissa Luck with one of the affiliates there that he does of a warrant out for his arrest. What kind of a criminal history does this man have?

WOLFINGER: Well, we're just getting that information now. We hope to have it here for the 9:00 briefing. We're just gathering that stuff here in our office right now as we speak.

NYUGEN: Has he provided you with any kind of information as to why he was with Shasta Groene?

WOLFINGER: Not at this point. The investigators are going to be with him as the morning progresses.

NYUGEN: OK. And let's talk about Shasta for just a moment. When she was discovered, condition wise, health wise, how did she appear?

WOLFINGER: Well, she was -- she appeared to be in generally good health. She was obviously in a Denny's restaurant eating. And but -- as just as a precaution and as a matter of procedure, she was taken to the hospital to be checked out there.

NYUGEN: Was her appearance altered in any way?

WOLFINGER: No. She looked very similar to the pictures we have.

NYUGEN: OK. Some really quick thinking by the employees there at the Denny's restaurant, wouldn't you say? WOLFINGER: Absolutely. They did a great job. And the media here in the local area did a great job keeping Shasta and Dylan's pictures out there so it's fresh in the mind of everyone and that really made the difference here.

NYUGEN: Speaking of fresh in the mind, when we hear about Shasta being discovered alive today, there are a lot of people thinking about Dylan as well. We have his picture up on the screen. What do you known about whereabouts of Dylan Groene who is still missing at this point, correct?

WOLFINGER: Well, we -- he is. We don't have that information yet. The investigators are trying to work those leads at this point. We just know that he wasn't with Shasta and Duncan at the time.

NYUGEN: So you don't know if he is at maybe another location? He wasn't with them at that time?

WOLFINGER: We don't know yet. And hopefully as the morning progresses, we'll get some more information.

NYUGEN: OK. What do you know about the investigations into the murders of Shasta's mother, her brother and her mother's boyfriend?

WOLFINGER: Well, that's really too early to tell at this point. As I said, the investigators have got all this new information and they're digging through it as fast as they possibly can right now. The key right now is that we know where Shasta is and she's here and she's safe. And from that, the investigators are going to follow every other possible lead to get this entire case solved and resolved as rapidly as possible.

NYUGEN: Captain, how surprised are you that Shasta was found today in the same city where she went missing on May 16?

WOLFINGER: Oh, I think that we were all a little surprised but we're just all very relieved that she was found and she's here -- right here with us.

NYUGEN: What does this tell you though as you look into this investigation?

WOLFINGER: Well, it really doesn't tell us a whole lot until we -- the investigators have a chance to talk to Shasta and to talk to Mr. Duncan and tell us what else is -- you know what other information will come from those. You know it just does tell us though that you never give up hope. And this is the proof.

NYUGEN: And so this Mr. Duncan, this Joseph Edward Duncan, this 42-year-old man who was found with Shasta this morning, did he provide you with any information? Was he able to tell you anything, give you any clues as to what has happened, what has transpired since May 16 when Shasta went missing?

WOLFINGER: Like I said a little bit ago, the investigators are getting ready to visit with Mr. Duncan and we'll know more as their investigation continues today.

NYUGEN: Was it just the two of them or were they were with someone else there at the restaurant?

WOLFINGER: It was just the two of them at the restaurant.

NYUGEN: OK. All right, Captain Ben Wolfinger with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department, we appreciate your time and your insight on this. Of course, we will be checking back in throughout the day to find out what you have discovered through the investigation.

But just to recap now for our viewers. We have learned today that 8-year-old Shasta Groene who has been missing since May 16, about six weeks ago, when her mother, her brother and her mother's boyfriend were found murdered in their home, she has been found alive today at a Denny's restaurant of all places near her home. We have learned that employees there at the Denny's restaurant saw her come in around 2:00 a.m. this morning and thought she looked familiar. And with that, they notified police and tried to stall them so they could get police there to determine if indeed this is 8-year-old Shasta Groene. That was the case. So 8-year-old Shasta Groene has been found alive today. But there are so many questions right now. One, where is her brother, 9- year-old Dylan Groene? He also went missing on May 16 when Shasta did after the murders were found in their home. We also don't know much about this Joseph Edward Duncan, who is the 42-year-old man who was found with Shasta at this Denny's restaurant.

We have learned from law enforcement, Captain Ben Wolfinger with Kootenai County, that he is being questioned at this moment, to try to determine exactly his role in this, if indeed he is linked at all to the murders of Shasta's mom. We have learned though through Melissa Luck of an affiliate there, KXLY, that Mr. Duncan does have a warrant out for his arrest, so he may have a criminal history. But the details should be coming shortly, I understand, at noon Eastern. We should be hearing more in a news conference there so you'll want to stay tuned for that.

But right now, we want to give you some background information. As all of this is coming in to you, let's stop for a moment and give you a recap of what exactly what happened. Take a listen.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is not a cold case. This is a very active case.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Sheriff Rocky Watson says that the triple homicide and missing children case are still a top priority at the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It seems like a lull. It's the dogmatic portion.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's been a month since Shasta and Dylan vanished without a trace from a grizzly triple homicide scene where deputies discovered their mother, brother and stepfather dead inside the home. A motive for this crime has yet to be revealed.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Typically driven, typically things like this are driven either by love, money or drugs and we just seem to have a little dabble into everything going on here but no one strong, single avenue yet.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Local and federal investigators have interviewed 700 people.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's (UNINTELLIGIBLE) and however, they pick up one thread that leads to DNA that runs to a national data. And none of that stuff exists. It's not there.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Though Watson says that detectives are following a lot of credible leads, little information has been released.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We need to keep that back so people aren't building alibis and throwing away evidence.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And investigators are no closer now than they were a month ago to a suspect or locating the two missing children. Watson still remains hopeful the children will home safe.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I need to believe those children are still alive today. You know why would I kill a family of five to carry away two bodies?

(END VIDEOTAPE)

NYUGEN: And that background piece is from our affiliate, KREM.

We want to go now to CNN's Alina Cho, who has been covering this story since the beginning when Shasta Groene's mother, brother and her mother's boyfriend were found dead in their home in Coeur D'Alene. We'll be chatting with her in just a moment. But we do want to emphasize the fact that 8-year-old Shasta Groene, missing since May 16, for almost six weeks now, has been found alive today. She was found at a Denny's restaurant near her home in Idaho. A lot of information is still coming in. But I think, as we heard from family members, we talked to her great aunt just a little bit ago, Sue Torres, she is elated and very emotional over the fact that Shasta has not only been found but she has been found alive. And we understand from all the people that we have spoken with today that she appears to be in good condition. So that is some good news today.

We want to go now to CNN's Alina Cho, as I mentioned, has been following this case since the very beginning.

Alina, can you believe it? Six weeks after she went missing, she was found alive today. And I think the thing that's most surprising to me was she was found so close to home.

ALINA CHO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It really is unbelievable, Betty. I'm not sure if you remember way back when. It has been several weeks. When I was covering this in Idaho, Captain Ben Wolfinger, who I know you just spoke to just moments ago, had sort of echoed what local officials had been saying all along, which was that they were confident that the kids would be found alive. Now, I know we're not sure yet of the fate of Shasta's brother Dylan. But it is encouraging because the local officials, including Captain Wolfinger and the sheriff Rocky Watson, I believe is his name, continued to say that they were holding out hope because essentially, when they went into the home and they did a thorough search of the home, they said it would be almost impossible to imagine that these killers would come in, kill three people, the mother, brother and the mother's boyfriend, and leave two kids alive. So they thought they would have taken them alive and they were confident that these kids would be found alive.

Now, there was a search that was centered about 50 miles north of area of Coeur D'Alene and they had centered on a van, I believe, at the time that turned out to be nothing. So it is quite encouraging news and hopefully the brother, Dylan, will be found alive.

NYUGEN: Yes, that's what we're hoping to hear. We're also hoping to hear exactly where Shasta has been these past six weeks when she was missing. But as you mentioned though, throughout all of this, investigators were pretty confident that they would find these children and they would find them alive.

CHO: It is incredible, really, as you mentioned Betty that Shasta was found so close. And I think you bring up an important point. I think the key to all of this is who was Shasta found with. It seems as though and I haven't heard all of the coverage, I'll be honest with you, but I did hear that she was sent to the hospital sort of as a precautionary measure but she seems to be OK. But the key really here is now is who was she found with and how does this move the investigation forward in terms of who killed her mother, her brother and her mother's boyfriend. So those are the big questions as we move forward now, Betty.

NYUGEN: Yes, those are the big questions. What we know so far, Alina, just to give a recap, she was found at that Denny's restaurant near her home in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho this morning, early this morning around 2:00. That's why the employees really caught on to looking into who is this girl that they thought was familiar over the simple fact that she came in so late at night. But she was with a man named Joseph Edward Duncan. He's a 42-year-old man out of Fargo, North Dakota. That's pretty much all we know about him except for the fact that he does have a warrant out for his arrest. So as you mentioned, the question right now is how is he related to this case, meaning, was he involved in the murders and what is he doing with Shasta Groene?

CHO: I think it's extraordinary too that when you consider this story really has largely been out of spotlight for the past month or so. Of course, I was there personally for a little more than a week. But after about a week, week and a half, I know that the national media, certainly, in a sense, dropped out of this story. And so, it is extraordinary that she was found alive, first of all, but that in some sense, I suppose the local media must have kept this story alive because I know that at the time, her pictures were up everywhere, including her brother's, of course, all over the place. There was an A.M.B.E.R Alert for quite some time as you know, but all the local businesses, homes even had posted pictures of Dylan and Shasta. And so, perhaps that helped in the search because clearly it was someone who recognized her in that Denny's, so again, just extraordinary that they found this little girl alive six, seven weeks after she disappeared.

NYUGEN: It absolutely is. And let me ask you, since you have covered this story and you spent some time there, what do you know about Shasta Groene and her brother Dylan? What do you know about them? Are they the type of children who would run for help or children? Are they children who would try to pick up the phone and call? Or are these quiet and reserved children?

CHO: Well, I understand that these two children lived in wooded area. And they -- their family members believed for a very long time that they may have just run away together. They were very, very close, according to relatives. These were two kids who their relatives said would, if one wanted a drink, they would say can we get one for the other. They were constantly around each other holding hands, constantly hugging. They were described as very loving kids. And so, these were two kids who -- and to be honest with you, I'm a little surprised that one was found without the other because these two kids were so very close. And so again, that is another big question as we move forward in this investigation, Betty.

NYUGEN: Yes, I think you bring up a very interesting point because from the beginning we have placed their pictures up side by side and mentioned both of them missing, 8-year-old Shasta and 9-year- old Dylan Groene, and when we heard news this morning that Shasta was found and indeed she was found alive, the next question is where is her brother? So I mean, of course, you don't have the information as to where he might be but I think the point needs to be made that these two, I guess you would say, were inseparable.

CHO: Yes, they were. I mean, as I mentioned, very, very close siblings. And again, I think important to note that part of the reason why the family held out hope is because these two children lived in -- you have to understand, this home was essentially the only home in the area on the block. And a block, I say, in a very general sense because it was a wooded area. You're talking about Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, which is some of the most beautiful country -- beautiful area in the country. And it was surrounded by forest and woods and -- which is part of the reason why local officials spent so much time on the search. They searched the perimeter of Lake Coeur D'Alene. They searched the wooded area several times by foot. They searched all of the streams and lakes and ponds in the area. And so, they thought that these kids might be together, maybe hiding. Maybe they thought that they were in trouble for whatever happened in that home and so they ran away. And that's why, largely why, the family kept up hope.

Now, again, to remind you, officials said that it is nearly impossible to believe that someone or the killers would come into a home and kill three people and leave two children alive. And you know this is one of those rare stories that has somewhat of a happy ending though we're still waiting to know the news about Dylan. But I think the family is certainly hoping now that Dylan won't be far behind. NYUGEN: And they are no doubt thrilled that 8-year-old Shasta Groene was found alive today. And we've learned too, Alina, that when the officers made it to the Denny's restaurant and they were able to pick up Shasta, one of first things she said was "I want to see my father." So tell us a little bit about the family members that she has there in Idaho. Of course, we know her mother and brother were murdered. What do we know about family that's left there in Idaho?

CHO: Well, her father -- if my memory serves me right, I believe his name is Steven Groene. He made several pleas to the media during that week that I was there, tearful please, as you might imagine. And remember, this was a family under scrutiny. Local police officials, the FBI even conducted lie detector tests on at least one if not several of the family members. And many of the family members, I know, willingly sort of came forward and said, listen, anything to help the search in terms of finding these children we will do. And so I believe the father did take a lie detector test. I believe other members of the family did as well or certainly they offered to. And they wanted to make sure that all of the information was out there so that these kids could be found alive.

Now whether that had anything to do with ultimately finding Shasta, it doesn't appear so since she was found at 2:00 in the morning in a Denny's. But this was a close knit family as far as I could tell. We didn't have too much access to them. I did spend some time talking to one of the -- one of the aunts, Steven Groene's brother, whose name is Wendy Price. And she made several tearful please. She came from Spokane, Washington, which is not too far, or maybe it was the Seattle area. Nonetheless, she came from Washington State and stayed there with her brother, Steven Groene, the father, throughout this whole ordeal, Betty.

NYUGEN: Alina, I'm going to ask you stand by for just a moment because we want to put up a live picture up of the area where we understand we'll be learning a lot more in about 20 minutes. At noon Eastern, a press conference will take place in this area, as you see right here. Folks are still beginning to set up. And there, we hope to learn more about this Joseph Edward Duncan, the 42-year-old man who was found with Shasta Groene.

But in the meantime, Alina, I think, you know, we've all covered these stories for months on end. And this one, six weeks into it, it is often very surprising that these children who have been missing especially for that long are found alive. It's definitely good news.

CHO: Oh, of course it is. I mean there's no question. I think that I'll be honest with you, I mean the -- sort of the chatter among reporters who were covering the story was that yes, there was sort of one camp, if you will, who said, listen, it really doesn't make sense for the killers to come in and kill three people and leave two -- and leave two children. These children must be alive. And then there was also the thought that perhaps that was what happened, that maybe someone came in, killed the mother, the brother, and the boyfriend, and then took the two children. But then what was the question. And some people in the media at least had speculated that perhaps they would eventually -- the killer or killers or whoever took these people, took these two children would have to kill the children because they would be possible witnesses. And so, certainly, as time passed, there was less hope that these children would be found alive. But it is such heartwarming news that this little girl was alive.

I'm not sure if you remember, Betty, but there was actually some home video. I'm not sure if we have it handy but...

NYUGEN: Yes, of her at school.

CHO: ...there is home video -- there was some home video of Shasta that was taken while I was there -- actually, I'm sorry, not while I was there but we obtained it while I was there in Idaho.

NYUGEN: Right.

CHO: Yes, and it was of her at school essentially presenting a science project, I believe. And it was -- it really put -- gave a sense of what this little girl was like to see moving pictures of her and -- versus just a still picture of her and her brother.

I apologize for the noise, I'm actually here in Philadelphia on another story, which is the Live 8 concert and it's getting quite loud. I'm not sure how much longer I'll be able to hear you but nonetheless, extraordinary and it's heartwarming news that this little girl was found alive.

Betty, I'm going to send it back to you.

NYUGEN: All right, CNN's Alina Cho. Alina, we thank you for your insight on this because of course, you had covered this from the beginning. That was Alina Cho in Philadelphia at the Live 8 concert there.

But back to our breaking news today, 8-year-old Shasta Groene who has been missing for six weeks, since May 16 when it was discovered that her mother, her brother and her mother's boyfriend were found murdered in their home in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho. She went missing with her 9-year-old brother Dylan Groene. But this morning, we have learned that 8-year-old Shasta Groene was found alive at a Denny's restaurant around 2:00 in the morning. She was with a gentleman named Joseph Edward Duncan, a 42-year-old man from Fargo, North Dakota. We're hoping to learn a lot more about this man and his connection to those murders, if there indeed is a connection. That should take place in about 16 minutes. A news conference will be taking place there in Idaho. We will take that live when it happens.

But right now, I want to you take you back to a conversation I had oh, about 20 minutes or 30 minutes ago that we had with Shasta Groene's aunt -- her great aunt, Sue Torres. This is what he had to say after learning about Shasta being found alive today.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

TORRES: The only thing that I really know is that a waitress at a Denny's restaurant in Coeur D'Alene recognized her.

NYUGEN: And she's well? She's OK?

TORRES: She's well. She's in the hospital. She's talking. She wants her daddy. That's just what I heard from the little gal at the Denny's restaurant that spotted her.

NYUGEN: What about her 9-year-old brother Dylan Groene who has also been missing since May 16? Have you heard about his whereabouts?

TORRES: No, I think Shasta is probably going to take us to him.

NYUGEN: Was Shasta with anyone at this Denny's restaurant? What do you know about that?

TORRES: Yes, and that's -- there's a press conference in Coeur D'Alene right now and they're releasing the name. I hate to same the name without...

NYUGEN: That's OK. Do you know who this person is though? If you don't want to release the name. Who is this person? Is it a male or a female?

TORRES: I've never heard -- it's a male and I've never heard the name before.

NYUGEN: So it's not a relative or a friend or anything like that?

TORRES: I have never heard this name. All I know is he's supposedly from North Dakota.

NYUGEN: A man from North Dakota. Do you know how she was spotted at this Denny's restaurant?

TORRES: In the restaurant. She was in the restaurant with him.

NYUGEN: And one of the workers there recognized her face?

TORRES: Yes, one of the waitresses.

NYUGEN: OK. And just to recap for our viewers, we are learning today that 8-year-old Shasta Groene has been found alive. We are talking on the phone with her great aunt, Sue Torres, who lives in Wyoming. She's giving us the details about this information that we are just learning here at CNN.

So Sue, you told us that she was found at a Denny's restaurant. Any indication where she's been since May 16th?

TORRES: No. And she's -- you know she's at the hospital now and they're going to probably do all their checks that they need. And there will be more as the day goes on.

NYUGEN: And I also want to know the latest, if you can update us, on the investigation into the death of Shasta's mother, brother and her mother's boyfriend. Where is that at this point?

TORRES: It's ongoing. I know that there is more agents coming in. And this is going to help us a lot.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

NYUGEN: That's a conversation I had a little bit earlier with Shasta Groene's great Aunt Sue Torres.

Again, just to recap, Shasta Groene, 8 years old, missing since May 16, has been found alive today. This is something that you don't hear about too often, unfortunately, but there is good news to report that she is indeed alive. And we understand -- from all the people that we have spoken with, including Captain Ben Wolfinger with Kootenai County, the sheriff's department there, we understand that Shasta Groene is not only alive, but she is in good condition.

We want to go now to Pat Brown who is a criminal profiler to get some insight on what we may be able to take from what we know so far.

Pat, I guess first thing that I want to ask you is when it comes to this man, Joseph Edward Duncan, a 42-year-old man who brings 8- year-old Shasta Groene into a Denny's restaurant so close to home, does that surprise you?

PAT BROWN, CRIMINAL PROFILER: Well, all I can say is that we can be glad that whoever is involved in this crime whether it's one person or two, they have a combined IQ of about 70. So that's good because yes, it is -- it's astonishing. I mean, obviously you know you're wanted; obviously you know the kids are wanted. Who would think you could walk in a Denny's in the same town and not -- and have anybody recognize the kid, except for someone is either off his meds, doing too much drugs or just a few bolts short of a, you know, much of a very intelligent mind. Yes, it is -- it really is stunning. And this, of course, is a wonderful thing because it helps when criminals are stupid so that we can actually save lives.

NYUGEN: And it also helps to know today that Shasta Groene is indeed alive. This is something -- I mean you're a criminal profiler. We cover this all the time in the business being journalists with children missing, especially when you're missing for this amount of time, six weeks, since May 16, often it's not the case that they are found alive. But in this instance, I mean what kind of clue does this give you into where she's been or what she's undergone?

BROWN: Oh, well, I'm sure it hasn't been very pleasant. That's the unfortunate part because, you know, she's been by a sexual predator and so that can't be good news.

NYUGEN: Well, do we know if he's a sexual predator?

BROWN: Apparently, he -- well, it's according to what people are finding that -- the searches they've done on the net are coming with a guy with exactly his name and exactly his age and exactly that location he's from, who's a sexual predator. So my guess is probably. So we don't know yet but you know it just can't be good.

But one of curious things is why he took the kids to begin with. Someone asked me would a sexual predator go through all this work just to take a couple kids and why two? And the answer is usually that is not what they're going to. Why bother to kill a bunch of people just to get some kids and why take town instead of one? So it doesn't make a lot of sense. I don't necessarily believe that the purpose of this crime was a sexual one. You know when you're a sexual predator it doesn't mean you don't do other kinds of crimes as well. So the question is why were these kids taken? Was there a retaliation against the people that were killed and some kind of drug issue and that the kids were taken as hostages and time has just gone on? Or were they people killed because it was a family issue, someone was angry at the mother of these kids and then the kids were taken and somebody was hiding them for someone else? So there are two people involved. I mean there's all kinds of possibilities. We just don't know at this point about why the kids were kept and why they were kept alive and why they were kept in town. Why not just leave town if you have no connections to that town and no reason to have them there? Why not go away? That's the most curious part.

NYUGEN: Right. And hopefully we'll learn more about that at noon Eastern, we should be hearing a news conference out of Idaho on the circumstances surrounding the discovery of Shasta Groene. But the thing that also was striking to me, Pat, was that when she was found, my question to both Captain Ben Wolfinger and the reporter who was the scene with -- did she appear fearful of this man and they said, she didn't.

BROWN: Well, I'm not -- I would guess that she's got a bit of Stockholm syndrome there. I mean she's been kept by him. He's the one who's feeding her, taking care of her. He is her lifeline up to that point. She had to trust him in a strange sense and that's called Stockholm syndrome. So that could be why, you know, she wasn't particularly scared of him. It's also possible that he did not sexually assault her. And that would be odd if he is a sexual predator but -- that he was keeping them, as I said, for somebody and therefore, she didn't have any kind of -- I mean she thought she was being protected. Who knows? Maybe she thought, oh my God, somebody came and killed my family and this guy is protecting me. Who knows what is going through her mind? She's a child under a terrible stressful situation. We're probably going to find all those answers out now and it's going to be very interesting to see what the truth is behind all of this.

NYUGEN: Well, and another thing, too, is when she finely told the Denny's employees and the police officers her name, we understand that she broke down. So...

BROWN: Right.

NYUGEN: ...looking at this and your history as a criminal profiler, is that the moment when she feels safe and she can reach out for safety and say, "I am Shasta Groene" and that letting the people know...

BROWN: Right.

NYUGEN: ...the officers know and the Denny's employees know that I... BROWN: Exactly.

NYUGEN: ...need to reach out for help.

BROWN: Exactly, and now she's going to freed. I mean obviously, she was in captivity. She knows now she's going to be freed. She can return to somebody even though -- and unfortunately, it's not going to be to her mom, but she's going to be able to return to her relatives and she's going to turn to the life she knows and she's back to safety of some sort.

NYUGEN: All right. Pat Brown, criminal profiler, we appreciate your time and your insight on this breaking news that we are learning today. Thank you so much.

We also want to get some more insight from Don Clark. He is a former FBI special agent and he is on the phone with us.

Don, surprised at all of this? It's finally some good news, a happy ending, the fact that she was found alive because so many cases like this, we don't get this kind of an ending.

DON CLARK, FORMER FBI SPECIAL AGENT: You bet that it is a good thing, that she's found alive. And the good thing -- and the better thing, well, not the better thing but the equally as important aspect is that they have a body now that they can -- a person that they can start to talk to and hopefully, develop some information that goes back to the beginning of this ordeal.

NYUGEN: So what's going on right now with this Joseph Edward Duncan? He's 42 years old. He was found with Shasta Groene at this Denny's restaurant. Put us in the mind of the investigators right now? What is he undergoing and what are they hoping to learn?

CLARK: Well, you know, there's several things that's going on here, several dynamics. First of all, there's got to be some immediate interviewing of him to try to get the knowledge and information from him and whether he tells them the truth or not, it will work out in the end because they'll determine if it's lies and so forth. But also, what they are -- and they have to be doing is looking at this guy and trying to go back and get some background. And I'm telling you, Betty, I think getting that background information will be equally as important because they'll be able to trace this guy's tracks from wherever and determine who he really is and what he might be up to.

NYUGEN: And in your experience as a FBI special agent, what needs to be done at this point to find Shasta's brother, 9-year-old Dylan Groene?

CLARK: Well, clearly, that's got to be the top priority of their list, is trying to find out from this guy if he has any knowledge of the 9-year-old brother and try to get to him. He is their only avenue to that at this point. And he -- there may be others out there but that's the only one that they have. So they've got to focus on that. And I'm sure that the interrogation techniques will be trying to see if they can elicit any information about the brother. They can work on solving the crime a little bit later but right now the most important thing is try to develop information about the location of the other kid.

NYUGEN: And speaking of location, how surprised are you that she was found so close to home at this Denny's restaurant?

CLARK: You know that's happened before. And it's amazing when we talk about kids of varying ages, how they tend to, seem to trust people or seem to be compliant with people, particularly adults. And that's why we tell kids all the time, we said, look, you know you don't go with adults and yet they still will sometime. And I think that perhaps a little bit of -- that sometimes a little bit of that Stockholm syndrome does come in and particularly when these people pretending to very nice to them.

NYUGEN: So from your perspective, we have several investigations going on right now. We have one dealing with Shasta Groene, what happened to her, why was she found with this Joseph Edward Duncan. We also have an investigation into where is her brother. And then, of course, the third investigation dating back to May 16 when it was discovered that her mother, her brother and her mother's boyfriend were found dead in their home. So investigators have a lot on their hands at this point although there was is some good news, the fact that Shasta was found alive.

CLARK: OK. Well, yes, we do have several aspects of the investigation. The bottom line is is that it's still one investigation into this criminal activity. But it's still several aspects of what's going on here. So they've got to follow evidence in each one of these. And as they try to talk to people, they've got to find out what happened right from the beginning. They've got to find out during the course of what happened with this little girl and to locate the brother, so all aspects of this will be going along together. They can't really separate them because the leads that the information that they get may be the leads to the one piece that connects all of the activities together.

NYUGEN: And as an investigator, of course, they're going to want to talk to Shasta Groene. Is that something that they're going to tread lightly with or do they want to try to get her as soon as possible so it's all fresh on her mind?

CLARK: You know, I think they'll want to talk -- that they'll try to get to this young lady and talk to her for -- as quickly as they can. They have the experts to come in that know how to handle these situations and how to handle kids like her, that's been under such an ordeal. So they'll treat her with the proper protocol and get her to warm up to them so that hopefully she will be able to share with them what took place.

NYUGEN: OK, Don Clark, former FBI special agent, we always appreciate what you have to say, the insight that you have on this case and many others. Thank you for your time.

Again, a quick recap, 8-year-old Shasta Groene, who's been missing since May 16, about six weeks now, was found alive today at a Denny's restaurant near her home. It was at that home around May 16 where it was discovered that Shasta's mother, her brother and her mother's boyfriend were found dead. At the same, Shasta was missing along with her 9-year-old brother, Dylan Groene.

But today, we have learned that Shasta has been found alive. We understand that she is in good condition although she is at a local hospital there in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho being checked out to determine if she has any kind of injuries. But on the surface, from her appearance, we have learned from officers on the scene that she appears to be in good condition. So that is definitely some good news in this investigation although, there are still so many questions to be answered.

We want to give you a background piece right now to give you a better sense of exactly how all of this pulls together, what started it with. And what it started with was the murder of Shasta's mother, her brother and her mother's boyfriend. Here is CNN's Alina Cho to bring it all together for you.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

CHO (voice-over): The proud little girl in this video showing off a school science project is Shasta Groene. The 8-year-old and her 9-year-old brother, Dylan have now been missing for nearly a week. Wendy Price is their aunt.

WENDY PRICE, AUNT: You hang in there because we're going to find you and we're going to find -- we're going to find you soon.

CHO: The two children have not been seen since the bodies of her mother, 13-year-old brother and the mother's boyfriend were found at their home Monday night. Authorities discovered the bodies after a neighbor called 911.

BOB HOLLINGSWORTH, NEIGHBOR: I went to the door to pay the little kid $10 for mowing the lawn and there's a lot blood all over their door. No one comes to the door and their car is there. And I tried to call them today and I didn't get them.

CHO: Preliminary toxicology results show both the mother and boyfriend were using drugs at the time of their death. Investigators wrapped up their work at the home on Saturday but so far they have few clues and no suspects. The Coeur D'Alene community has only hope to go on, evidence near the children's' school, little consolation for the children's father.

PRICE: He hasn't been able to eat. He does not know if Shasta and Dylan are eating. He gets into bed and he can't get comfortable because he doesn't know where they're sleeping. And he can't drink water because he doesn't know if they've had any water. It's been a very difficult week for him. He wants his children back. He wants to -- he wants to put his other child to rest.

CHO (on camera): Dozens of investigators are following hundreds of tips but so far none of them have panned out. Authorities, however, remain hopeful they will find the children alive.

Alina Cho, CNN, Coeur D'Alene, Idaho.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

NYUGEN: And we have learned today that they have found one of the missing children alive, 8-year-old Shasta Groene. You are looking at a live shot right now in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho where a news conference will be happening shortly at the top of the hour. At that news conference, we should be learning more about how she was discovered, this Shasta Groene, also about the man she was discovered with, 42-year-old Joseph Edward Duncan. We understand that he does have a warrant out for his arrest. We want to learn more about his criminal history. And that will be taking place at noon and once that happens, we will be taking it live right here on CNN.

But let's bring in now CNN's Alina Cho who has been covering this from the very beginning.

Alina, there were some 1,500 tips that came into the FBI following the disappearance of Shasta...

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