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Update #2: NBC is reporting that human remains found in California desert may belong to missing San Diego family


Update 3:32pm PT 11/24/2013

On Friday, investigators confirmed that the skeletal remains of two children found in a grave near Victorville, CA are those of Joseph and Gianni, sons of Joseph and Summer McStay who went missing in 2010. CBS

Update: 10:54am PT 11/15/2013

CNN International reports that authorities have told Patrick McStay, Joseph McStay’s father, that two of the bodies recovered belong to Joseph McStay and his wife, Summer.  Sheriff’s officials confirmed at least one of the exhumed bodies were bound with an electric cord.  The other two bodies are still being identified and it is not clear if they are those of the couple’s children, Joseph and Gianni.  Police are treating the deaths as homicides (obviously).

San Bernardino County Deputy Coroner’s Investigator Bob Hunter obtained dental records of the McStay family, and soon found that records were a match to the recovered remains, which had been buried in two graves that were one to two feet deep.


The local NBC station is Los Angeles is reporting that the remains of four people found near Victorville, CA this week may belong to a missing San Diego family, the McStays (right), who disappeared in February of 2010.  San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. PT this morning (Friday), when officials are expected to release new details about the investigation.

Joseph McStay and his wife Summer were last seen with their two children, 3 and 4, in February 2010.   A group resembling the family were spotted on surveillance footage walking into Mexico at the San Ysidro border crossing on Feb. 8, 2010.  The FBI investigators, who are handling the family’s case, said it’s believed the family entered Mexico of their own free will.

On Monday an off-road motorcyclist, who found human remains on the outskirts of an unincorporated area of Victorville, CA, reported the discovery to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.  When deputies returned on Tuesday they found the remains of more than one person. As they began excavating, forensic workers found another grave close by.  By Wednesday investigators has recovered the remains of four people.  San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller told The San Bernardino Sun, “It appears the remains have been there for an extended period of time.”

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