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Possible Closure For Case Of Mysterious Disappearance Of Family

After a three long investigation, one family has received a small amount of closure in a horrific criminal case. In 2010, the entire McStay family of Fallbrook, California disappeared without a trace. They left no notes, no information and had not spoken to any family members or friends. They were reported missing by the patriarch's brother, Mike McStay. Over the course of the investigation, police continued to find chilling clues as to their whereabouts but never seemed to get close enough.

Mike McStay knew something was wrong when he was unable to get in contact with his brother, Joseph. He went to their house and forced his way through the door. What he found was chilling. There was a carton of eggs on the counter, a bowl of popcorn in the living room and the family dog playing in the backyard. It had seemed as if the entire family of Joseph, Summer, Gianni and Joseph Jr. had simply disappeared right from their spots on the couch.

Mike immediately contacted the police. They found out that no one had seen the family since February 4th but their car was spotted on February 8th at the Mexican border. Upon further investigation, the police found a clip of a group similar in appearance to the McStays crossing the border into Mexico. With this information, the missing persons cases died down a bit. Every once in a while the police got tips from Mexican locals saying that had seen the McStays in Mexico. The police concluded the McStays had simply left the United States for a new life in Mexico. However, no one in their extended family thought that was true.

It was not long until Joseph McStay's business partner, Chase Merritt came forward to tell the police that Summer McStay could have hd something to do with the family's disappearance. According to Merrit, McStay was in constant fear of his wife poisoning him. This theory was also thrown out by the extended McStay family.

It was not until 2013 when a motorcyclist found the shallow graves of the McStays that the police began to piece together what had happened. It appeared as if Chase Merritt had something to do with their deaths. He was the one that had tried to pin the blame on someone else. He had also taken out large sums of money from Joseph's bank account only days before the family's disappearance. Merritt is now awaiting trial. If convicted, he could be sentenced to death.

Source: AWM
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