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Thursday, May 19, 2011

McStay Mystery, Family Vanished leaving $100,000 in the bank untouched, Where are they? - 19th May 2011

It has been 15 months since the McStay family vanished without a trace.

A carton of eggs on the counter, two bowls of popcorn on the futon and two dogs in the backyard were all they left behind, clues that this was a family who left in a hurry.

Joseph and Summer McStay and their sons Gianni and Joseph Jnr were last seen on February 4, 2010.

Inside their two-story house detectives found no sign of foul play, just evidence of everyday life.

Detective duGal, who is leading the case, said at the time that he thought the way the family left their house was 'weird'.

He said: 'It was like two kids were sitting there eating popcorn and then they were just gone.'

More than a year later, he tells People magazine that he is still baffled and wonders how a seemingly normal healthy and happy family could vanish for no apparent reason.

When they went missing, they left their two beloved dogs Bear and Digger in the garden, and Joseph had $100,000 in his bank account, where it remains untouched.

After months of interviewing acquaintances and scouring records, there are still little clues as to where the family might be.

Lt Dennis Brugo from the San Diego Sheriff's Office told People: 'When you have people drop out of society, it is usually for a reason - they're having money or family problems. In this case, it looks like they were planning for the future.'

The only clue as to their whereabouts came four days after they disappeared when their white Isuzu trooper was found parked at a San Diego shopping mall not far from the U.S./Mexico border and 60 miles from their home.

Later, investigators said a forensic probe of the family's computer revealed that someone had conducted searches on January 28 regarding passport requirements for travel into Mexico.

Grainy surveillance footage from the evening their car was found shows two adults and two children walking across the border.

Detective duGal said there was a '75 per cent chance' it was them.

But Joseph's younger brother Michael said: 'It's just not like them to walk out on a business, a family, a home.' Read More