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The Mystery of The McStay Family Disappearance

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Last month marked the 3rd anniversary since a family of four mysteriously vanished from their Southern California home.

Joseph McStay; his wife, Summer; and their two children, Gianni and Joseph Mateo, have not been heard from since the night of Thursday, February 4, 2010. A neighbor’s security camera was triggered at 7:47PM when the McStays white 1996 Isuzu Trooper left the family’s home in a quiet cul-de-sac on Avocado Vista in Fallbrook, CA. The neighborhood is described as the “friendly village,” and is about 18 miles from the Pacific Coast and some 50 miles north of San Diego.

Loved ones contacted authorities less than 24 hours after failing to reach the family. When police entered their house they found eggs on the kitchen counter and bowls of popcorn in the living room. Their two dogs were also in the house but not a single trace of the McStays.

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The McStay family home

On February 8, 2010, four days after the family mysteriously disappeared police believed they found a reliable lead. The family’s locked and abandoned Isuzu Trooper was located in San Ysidro, just two blocks from the US / Mexico border. Surveillance video taken that night shows a family fitting the description of the McStays walking into Mexico although it hasn’t been confirmed if it was indeed them. Many don’t think it. I mean why would a successful couple with a nice house in a safe neighborhood leave suddenly without saying so much as a goodbye to their family and loved ones. It makes little sense.

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The McStays Trooper

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Still shot from the surveillance video showing four individuals who resemble the McStay family crossing the US Mexico Border. It has never been confirmed if it was indeed the missing family and nobody has come forward claiming to have been the family shown in the video.

Cell tower records reveal that the two mobile phones belonging to Joseph and Summer McStay last pinged a pair of T-Mobile towers along Highway 76 in Bonsall, at a point seven miles west of the family’s home in Fallbrook.

After the 7:47 p.m. departure that Thursday night, Joseph McStay’s mobile phone – a T-Mobile G1 Android – received no further incoming calls. It made only one outbound call.

At 8:28 p.m., Joseph McStay’s phone dialed his business partner Chase Merritt. Records indicate a call duration of one minute. No further calls or text were ever made or received.

It is now being reported that the call to Merritt was made from within a one-and-a-half mile radius of a cell tower that sits beside the old Bonsall bridge that spans the wide and densely overgrown bed of the San Luis Rey River.

The mobile phone belonging to Summer McStay registered its final call at 4:42 that same Thursday afternoon. Disconcertingly, though, her phone continued to receive text messages after the disappearance – eight, in total. Three texts sent by family friend McGyver McCargar arrived on Friday. The last four texts, including two messages from Dan Kavanaugh, an associate of Joseph McStay, arrived on Saturday. The final text message registered at 10:59 a.m., presumably just before the mobile phone’s battery was exhausted.

Some of these text messages to Summer McStay pinged the same T-Mobile tower as Joseph McStay’s phone call on the night of the disappearance. The other text messages pinged a companion tower on the opposite side of the river.

“Summer McStay’s phone was not buried, and wasn’t submerged. It was not broken. It was switched on, and for two days it was within reach of the T-Mobile tower by the old Bonsall bridge.”

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Joseph’s mother, Susan Blake, writes to her son Joseph all the time. “I send him e-mails,” she says, “keeping him updated on what’s going on.”

She hasn’t received any answers. All she can do is hope that she’ll see him and her grandchildren again one day.

Those closest to the missing family remain hopeful that they are still alive even though it’s been three years and not a single confirmed spotting.

“If you look at the clothing that they were wearing at the time, it coincides with when the vehicle was found; it leads you to believe that was them crossing the border,” Investigator Dennis Brugos said. “I can’t say definitively it’s them, but it’s a high probability.”

But Joseph’s mother isn’t convinced.
“My son’s meds were in that car,” she tells CNN. “My son has asthma and doesn’t go anywhere without the meds on him. And to have babies go without car seats. This is the stuff that doesn’t add up.”

Mike McStay says he is unsure if it was his brother and family in the video. “The best is that the children appear to be size appropriate, but I could never get an ID off the adult. Even if it were them crossing, we still don’t know to what intent. We don’t know if it was under duress or willingly.”

“My brother is out there. I want what everyone wants, a phone call, a letter, something. I don’t want to know why he left. We just have to know that they are OK.” says Mike.

Mike McStay is familiar with the theories speculating on what might have happened including one presented in the new book, “No Goodbyes: The Mysterious Disappearance of the McStay Family.”

Author Rick Baker says his own investigation including reviewing hundreds of personal e-mails, shows that Summer and Joseph were having problems and that their relationship was, in his words, about to “explode.” Baker speculates, among other things, that at least one of the family members may have met with foul play.

“I personally believe that Summer probably killed Joseph and we should be looking for Summer and the two kids, rather than a family of four that decided to just flee on their own,” Baker told 10 News.

He said personal emails from Summer indicated that she was a “very unhappy … conflicted woman” before the family vanished. Still, he admits that he doesn’t have all the answers in the bizarre case.

“If I should discover that you have ignored this message and keep digging around I will turn on you,” wrote Summer to Joseph in 2007. “I’m so sick of your nosy (expletive). You’d better stop or we’re over”

“I must say… this is one of the nastiest e-mails I (have) ever gotten…So foul, I can’t believe it came from you,” Joseph’s email reply said.

Mike McStay bristles when asked to comment on Baker’s suggestion. “I don’t know how he sleeps at night,” McStay says of the author. “I suspect he’s looking for money. He’s a good manipulator and knows how to twist things. He’s just trying to sell books.”
Blake, the mother, says there were many inaccuracies in the book. “It was very hard to read all this, very heartbreaking, the accusations.”

Baker says he is donating all of the book’s profits to a search and rescue organization in Houston. He is also offering $25,000 cash to anyone who can lead him to any of the four missing McStay family members.

Police dug into the family’s background. Summer McStay had stayed home to raise her children but planned to return to work prior to the family’s disappearance, her brother-in-law said.

Mike McStay calls sister-in-law Summer McStay an “incredible mom.”

Joseph McStay owned Earth Inspired Products, a company that built custom water features for high-end commercial businesses around the world, says Mike McStay, his younger brother.

Younger sibling Joseph McStay would have turned 6 on January 31, 2013 and Gianni McStay would be 7 now.

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Right; Gianni Left; Joseph

Thousands of tips and leads were followed, as well as searches and National media attention but police are nowhere closer to solving the mystery.

“This is definitely an unusual case,” says Lt. Glenn Giannantonio of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department’s homicide division “At this point we are no closer to finding them than on the day they disappeared. I know that sounds horrible, but we just don’t know what happened to them.”

Giannantonio cautions there is no evidence to indicate foul play. “Everything leads us to believe the disappearance is voluntary. It’s still categorized as a missing persons case,” he says.

“We have to rely on facts and evidence. We don’t want to publicize unsubstantiated theories. Everyone has theories, however we can’t come out and say this is what actually happened unless we have something to back that up. Other people can, but that’s not the business we are in.”

Mike and his mother get reported sightings of the McStays on a regular basis. They come from all over the country. Mike, who says he chases them all down, recently received a tip from Belize, where his brother owned property.

“Every time one comes your heart pumps and you hope to God that this is it,” Blake says, “and when it’s not you fall apart. It’s heartbreaking and very hard.”

Blake says the search for her family is the biggest fight of her life. “I refuse to give up. I hope to God, but at the same time it’s been three years.”

A website was set up to help find the family, McStayFamily.Org, which features a blog that is still updated.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re urged to please contact:

San Diego Sheriff’s Office 858-974-2321 or 858-565-5200 after-hours.
Tips can also be called in anonymously to CrimeStoppers at 888-580-TIPS(8477). A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered by CrimeStoppers for information leading to an arrest.

Irina and Oscar Vazquez Believed to Have Been Abducted By Their Mother (May be in Mexico)

IRINA-AZURA-VAZQUEZ• Victim #1
Case Type: Family Abduction
Full Name: Irina Azura Vazquez
Missing From: Cook County, IL
Date of Birth: June 14, 2006
Missing Date: Feb 22, 2013
Current Age: 6
Race: Hispanic Sex: Female
Height: 3’10” Weight: 45 pounds
Hair: Brown Eye: Brown

NCMEC Case#: NCMC1211577

 

 

 

Irina Vazquez was last seen on the night of February 22, 2013 in Berwyn in Cook County, Illinois. Irina’s younger sibling, Oscar Vazquez, was last seen on June 30, 2011. They’re believed to be in the company of their mother and she may have taken them to Mexico or may still be in the USA. She hs ties to San Antonio, TX.

Irina has a birthmark on her lower back. When Oscar was last seen he was missing is two front teeth. Both children may be going by the last name Carbajal, Vasques, or Carbajal-Vazquez.

OSCAR-CONRADO-VAZQUEZ• Victim #2
Full Name: Oscar Conrado Vazquez
Date of Birth Jun 30, 2009 Sex: Male
Missing Date: 02/22/13 Race: Hispanic
Current Age: 3
Race: Hispanic Sex: Male
Height: 3’2″ Weight: 30 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown

NCMEC Case#: NCMC1211577

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of either child are asked to please contact:
Berwyn Police Department 1-708-795-5600
And/Or
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

 

 

Tuesday will mark the fourth year anniversary since a Whitman County toddler disappeared from his Aunt’s front yard

avery-blakeleyClassified: Endangered Missing
Full Name: Avery Bryant Blakeley
Missing From: Malden, Whitman County, WA
Date of Birth: December 10, 2006
Date of Disappearance: March 26, 2009
Age Then: 2
Age Now: 6
Race: Biracial (White/Hispanic)
Sex: Male
Hair: Brown Eye: Brown
Weight: 2’8″ Height: 27 lbs
Clothing: Last seen wearing gray sweatpants and a blue sweatshirt with red sleeves.

Four years ago, during the afternoon of March 26, 2009, Avery Blakeley was playing in his aunt’s front yard trailer home in Malden, Washington. His aunt was planning to move so she along with Avery’s mother were bringing items outside and would check on him every several minutes. By 12:30PM Avery had vanished and after 20 minutes of searching in and around the trailer home they contacted the Police Department to file a missing persons report.

averyblakeleyDozens of volunteers immediately helped with local searches. Police couldn’t find any evidence to indicated a kidnapping or foul play however, that theory isn’t entirely ruled out. They believe it’s possible that the missing toddler drowned in Pine Creek, which runs by the aunt’s trailer. They found his slippers on the bank of the creek and at the time the creek was very high with debris filled muddy/murky water which made it extremely difficult to search for a body. However, dive teams went out and searched for Avery’s body again after the creek’s water level receded, and conditions improved, to no avail. One would think that if he had drowned she would have been found by now.

Both photos were taken less than a year before Avery went missing

Police assume Avery is no longer alive however, a body has never been located.

Avery turned 6 this past December. An age progressed photo hasn’t been created as of today.

NCMEC Case#: NCMC1133050

If you have any information regarding this case you’re urged to please contact:
Whitman County Sheriff’s Office 1-509-397-6266
The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children
1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

 

 

Sabrina Allen Kidnapped In Austin, TX (UPDATE: Found!)

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UPDATE – Sabrina Allen has been found and is back in the US. Her mother is currently being held in Travis County Jail.

Photo of Sabrina at age four, taken the year she was kidnapped
Victim’s Description
Full Name: Sabrina Fair Llorens-Allen
Known Alias: Sabrina Fair Llorens
Birthdate: May 30, 1997
Date of Disappearance: April 21, 2002
Missing From: Austin, Texas
Age Then: 4
Age Now: 15 (Will be turning 16 in May 2013)
Race: White Sex: Female
Hair: Naturally Blond however, her abductor has frequently changes her hair style and color threw out the years
Eyes: Dark Blue
Ht/Wt: 3’6″ / 35 lbs at time of abduction
Possible Location(s): New Mexico / Mexico / USA
Other: Sabrina has a fair complexion. She has a mole on her right knee and a small scar on the bridge of her nose. Sabrina has pierced ears and wears a silver cross necklace

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Age progressed photos showing what Sabrina may look like as a teenager. Her nickname as a child was Brina.

Dara Llorens is wanted by the FBI who has a felony warrant out for her arrest.

Dara kidnapped Sabrina Llorens-Allen in Austin, TX on April 21, 2002 when she was just 4-years-old. She fled to Mexico and were spotted a year later in June 2003 in Mexico City using the names Blanca Aurora Fabian Uribe and Adriana Fabian Uribe but managed eluded authorities.

Sabrina-Dark-Hair-Missing-ChildIn 2003, witnesses in Mexico, including teachers say little Sabrina’s hair was dark and was dyed so much that her hair was thinning and she was on the verge of going bald. Dara constantly changed Sabrina’s hair style and color to avoid detection, and although she is a natural blonde her color could be any shade, especially now as a teenager. The witnesses told police that Sabrina was thin and had lost weight and was reportedly suffering physically and psychologically. Sadly, she hasn’t been seen since 2003 and would be turning 16 years old this year. By now she may have vague memories of her father, who misses her very much. Many relatives are hoping to reunite with her again someday soon.

The still-shit photo shown to the left shows Sabrina with dark-colored hair. It was taken by a witness in New Mexico prior to Dara finding out that the police were on to her, prompting her to take Sabrina yet again, and flee to an unknown location.

Dara is the biological non-custodial mother of Sabrina. Prior to the abduction she had supervised visitation however, a court then overturned the ruling and she was not allowed unsupervised visitation due to being mentally unstable. She decided to break the law, take a child away from her family and loved ones, and avoid authorities for over one decade.

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Photo of Dara M. Llorens taken prior to 2002.

Full Name: Dara Marie Llorens
Known Aliases: Deena Marie Guerrero, Deena Marie Llorens, Deena Marie Lamont, Deena Marie Patel, Dara Marie Groves, Deena Marie Peterson, Deena Marie Green, Dara Marie Allen, Dara Marie Rose, Deena Aguilar.
DOB: January 19, 1970
Age Then: 32 Age Now: 43
Race: White / Hispanic
Sex: Female
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Height: 5’4″
Weight: 100 pounds
Marks/Scars: Has surgery scars on her legs, and walks with a mild limp.
Possible Location(s): She may have taken Sabrina to New Mexico or Mexico, but they could also be in your own home town. Please look for them.

 

America’s Most Wanted did a segment on Sabrina’s Case.

On the website, Find Sabrina, her father wrote a message for Sabrina;

A message from your daddy: Happy Birthday, punkin. I can’t believe you’re 15. For two years it was just you and I, and you were the center of my world. Now it’s a distant memory. I can only imagine how distant it is for you. But I’m still looking for you, and I’ll never stop. You’re old enough to start asking questions about how you got where you are, and to learn the truth. Please come home. I love you and I miss you.
Feliz cumple, mija. No puedo creer que ya tienes 15 años. Durante dos años estuvimos nada más tú y yo juntos, y tú eras el centro de mi mundo. Ahora es un recuerdo distante. No puedo ni imaginarme lo distante que es para ti. Pero sigo buscandote, y nunca lo dejaré. Tienes la edad suficiente para preguntarte cómo llegaste a donde estás, y para saber la verdad. Por favor regresa. Te quiero y te extraño.

A reward of $20,000 is being offered for those with information leading to the rescue of Sabrina Allen.

Klein Investigations and Consulting are making their number one goal to find Sabrina. Contact Mr. Klein at philipklein@gt.twcbc.com if you have any information regarding Sabrina’s and/or Dara’s whereabouts.
Austin Police Department (512) 974-5000
Texas Department of Public Safety (800)346-3243

Unidentified Adult Male Shot to Death In Louisville, KY in 2009 May Be From Outside The Country

kentucky-homicide-victimLocation of Discovery:
Louisville
Jefferson County
Kentucky
USA
Cause of Death: Homicide by gunshot
Estimated Age: 30-40 years old
Race: White and/or Hispanic
Gender: Male
Height: 5’3″ to 5’4″
Weight: 131 lbs.
Hair Color: Wavy Black
Eye Color: Brown
Marks/Scars: Bilateral lumbar scar on back. Multiple linear scars in various orientations, all 1/4″ to 2 1/2″ in length.
Dentals: Complete loss of crown #29. Small occlusal pit caries on #17. Teeth #7-#10 replaced with “flipper” with non-cast clasp.
Fingerprints: Available with Louisville Metro Police.
Clothing: The victim was wearing a gray long-sleeved Izod jacket, short-sleeved orange and white-stripped Izod shirt, blue jeans, blue briefs, red and black socks, and black Air Jordan athletic shoes.
Other: Victim may be from outside of the U.S. — Possibly from Mexico or Honduras

 

 

An unidentified male was found on December 3, 2009. He had been shot and killed in the Preston Oaks Apartment complex at 1205 Quest Drive in Louisville. Several suspects had been arrested in connection to the murder however, the Louisville police and the Jefferson County coroner’s office have been trying to identify the victim to no avail. The crime was random and the suspects do not know the victim and couldn’t provide a name.

A photo of the victim was found on a cell phone. He is believed to be either from Mexico or Honduras. He was discovered shortly after his death.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:
Louisville Metro Police Department
Detective Brenda Wescott (502) 574-7055
And/Or
Jefferson County Coroner’s Office (502) 574-6262
Agency Case Number: LE: 09-275; ME-09-1257
NamUs Case Number: UP #7293

 

NC; Felony Warrant Out For Oscar B. Rodriguez Who Kidnapped His Son, Oscar B. Cavallo, Over Eight Months Ago

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Classification: Family Abduction
Relation: Victim / Non-Custodial Child
Full Name: Oscar Bazan Cavallo
Missing From:
Wendell
Wake County
North Carolina
USA
Missing Date: June 20, 2012
Sex: Male
Race: Biracial
Birthdate: Mar 28, 2008
Age Now: 4 (will be turning 5 in less than 3 weeks)
Height: 3’0″
Weight: 35 lbs
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Blue
NCMEC Case #: 1197264

Oscar Cavallo was kidnapped over eight months ago by his biological non-custodial father Oscar Rodriguez on June 20, 2012. A felony warrant for False Imprisonment was issued for Rodriguez one week later on June 27, 2012. He may have taken Oscar to Mexico in a white 2001 Nissan Sentra with North Carolina plates VPF3939. Oscar and his father are both biracial; they are Hispanic and White.

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Relation: Abductor / Father
Full Name: Oscar Bazan Rodriguez
Case Type: Family Abduction
Missing From: WENDELL, NC US
Missing Date: June 20, 2012
Sex: Male
Race: Biracial (White/Hispanic)
Birthdate: December 23, 1981
Age Now: 31
Height: 5’5″
Weight: 160 lbs
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Brown
NCMEC Case #: 1197264

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:
Wake County Sheriff’s Office (North Carolina) 1-919-856-6911
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

 

Karla Campbell Wanted By The FBI for the 2011 Abduction Of Her Child – May Have Fled To Mexico

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Photo of Karla Campbell taken in 2010.

Relation: Non-custodial mother (abductor)
Full Name: Karla Alicia Campbell
Aliases: Karla Alicia Alvarez, Karla Alicia Alverez, Karla Campbell, Carla Alvarez Campbell, Karla A. Campbell, Karla Alvarez Campbell, Karla Alvarez De Campbell
Last Seen In:
Birthdate: January 24, 1982
Age Now: 31
Missing Date:
Place of Birth: Mexico
Height: 5’0″ to 5’6″
Weight: 145 to 165 pounds
Occupation: Unemployed at the time of the kidnapping
Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Sex: Female Race: White (Hispanic)
Nationality: Mexican
Possible Location(s): Juarez, Mexico – Texas, USA
Other: Campbell has Multiple Sclerosis and uses a four-wheeled walker for mobility. She does not drive, and is believed to rely upon others for transport. She also wears glasses, it is unknown if they’re prescription glasses or reading glasses.

Karla Campbell is wanted for parental kidnapping in Texas. On March 21, 2011, Campbell was awarded joint custody of her son after her divorce proceedings. An order within the decree of divorce stated that Campbell, her family members, agents, servants, employees and attorneys were prohibited from taking her son to Mexico for any reason.

On August 2, 2011, Campbell’s ex-husband had visitation rights for their son while Campbell was at work. He attempted to pick up their son at school, and at Campbell’s residence, but they were not at either location. A neighbor told Campbell’s ex-husband that he saw Campbell moving out, and the house appeared to be vacant.

Campbell was charged with family offense/interference with child custody and a state arrest warrant was issued by the 65th Judicial Court in El Paso, Texas, on September 19, 2011. A federal warrant was issued for Campbell’s arrest by the United States District Court, Western District of Texas, on August 9, 2012, after Campbell was charged federally with removing a child from the United States with intent to obstruct the lawful exercise of parental rights and international parental kidnapping.

Campbell is believed to be living in Juarez, Mexico.

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Photo of Steven Campbell which was taken in 2011.

Full Name: Steven Andrew Campbell
Birthdate: August 19, 2008
Age At Disappearance: 3
Age Now: 4
Place of Birth: El Paso, Texas
Height: 3’0″ (at time of disappearance)
Weight: 40 to 45 pounds (at time of disappearance)
Hair: Brown Eyes: Light brown/hazel
Gender: Male Race: White (Hispanic)
Remarks: Steven Andrew Campbell is believed to be with his mother in Mexico.

 

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact: Your local Police and/or FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. You can also submit an online tip at fbi.gov (El’Paso)

Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation Website