By Miriam Raftery
November 14, 2013 (San Diego) – Four bodies have been found buried in shallow graves in the desert at Victorville ; Missing Persons of America reports that a family member has confirmed that two of the bodies have been confirmed to be Joey and Summer McStay. Two other bodies discovered have not yet been identified, but may be those of their young children, Joseph and Gianni.
The Fallbrook family vanished in February 2010, prompting an intensive search and national media coverage.
“The news has hit me hard. I wondered for three years where they went, but I never ever thought anything like this,” said Jerrie Dean, founder of Missing Persons of America and host of the “Missing” segment on East County Magazine’s radio show.
Dean spoke with Patrick McStay, father of Joey McStay, this evening. She said he informed her that the identities of the two McStay parents had been confirmed and said he felt “just numb” at the news.
Sheriff’s officials in San Bernadino and San Diego Counties have not yet confirmed the identities. The Victorville Daily Press confirms that bones of four bodies were found. A motorcyclist spotted bones above ground, some of which had been disturbed by animals.
The McStay family was last seen on February 4, 2010. Their SUV was found parked at the San Ysidro border crossing and a surveillance video showed four people resembling the McStays crossing into Mexico. Victorville is about 100 miles north of Fallbrook, in San Bernadino County.
Patrick McStay had always contended that he feared the family had met with foul play. They left behind the family dogs with no food or water, along with a bank account with over $100,000, telling no one that they were planning a trip. Patrick has indicated that there were unexplained withdrawals from the account not made by the McStays prior to their disappearance and that an unnamed individual had an obsession with Summer McStay. See details on other suspicious aspects of the case raised by Patrick McStay.
San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore had long stated that the family was believed to have disappeared voluntarily. The case was turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) earlier this year. According to a Sheriff's press release, this was because the McStays were believed to be out of the country.
The discovery turns the missing persons case into a homicide investigation. Cause of death has not yet been determined, however the San Bernadino Sheriff has announced a press conference at 11 a.m. on Friday.