Remains found in Mojave Desert are bodies of Joseph McStay, wife Summer
11:43 AM, Nov 15, 2013
6:22 PM, Nov 15, 2013
San Bernardino investigators announced Friday that bodies found in desert graves are those of a Fallbrook family missing for three years.
San Bernardino County Sheriff McMahon confirmed that the bodies of 40-year-old Joseph McStay and his 43-year-old wife, Summer, were found in shallow graves near Victorville.
He says the manner of death appears to be homicide. The cause has not been determined.
Four bodies were discovered in the barren scrubland. McMahon says authorities believe the other remains belong to the McStay children, but they have more work to do to confirm it.
There were no signs of forced entry at the family's home in Fallbrook when they disappeared. Investigators had believed they voluntarily left for Mexico.
Father of Joseph McStay angry over handling of case
The father of Joseph McStay first confirmed with 10News Thursday that two of the bodies discovered in the Mojave desert was of the couple. Patrick McStay spoke again with 10News Friday morning from his home in Texas.
“I want whoever did this to know… I will not let up. I will find you,” Patrick McStay said. “I want you out there because I’m going to get you.”
Patrick McStay said he has no faith in law enforcement and believes the Sheriff’s Department missed important clues in the investigation. Patrick McStay said he told Sheriff’s investigators about three people that could be connected to the disappearance of his son’s family, but feels he was ignored.
“I have to hang on to the anger because the anger keeps me from cracking up," he said. "I think it hasn’t really sunk in."
The McStays went missing from their home in Fallbrook in February 2010. The family's 1996 Isuzu Trooper was found abandoned four days later in San Ysidro, near the U.S.-Mexico border.
The skeletal remains of four people were found in and near two shallow graves, in the Mojave Desert outside Victorville by a motorcyclist on Monday, according to the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department.
Sheriff's officials said a forensic anthropologist would assist in conducting the autopsies to determine the causes of death, ages and gender.