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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.

Chula Vista Teen Missing Since March 3rd (Endangered Runaway)

chula-vista-missing-teenCHULA VISTA, Calif,. — Chula Vista police are trying to locate 16-year-old Cassandra Garcia who is considered ‘at risk’.

Garcia left her Chula Vista residence on the afternoon of March 3, 2013 to visit a male friend in Los Angeles, CA, which is approximately a two-hour distance. She contacted her parents that evening and told them that she was at the Los Angeles bus stop.

She takes medications and has had suicidal thoughts, which concerns her family.

Garcia is described as a Hispanic female, 5’10”, 200 lbs, with long brown hair which is regularly worn in a braid, and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white dress, black and brown leopard print belt, black beanie hat and brown shoes.

The photo shown is a recent photo of the missing teen.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact:
Chula Vista Police Department (619) 691-5151.

An Oregon teenager attends a county fair and never returns home

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Pictured: Jeremy Doland Bright

On August 14, 1986 Jeremy Bright, then, 14, went to the Coos County Fair in Oregon, and vanished off the face of the earth.

Fast forward…

Jeremy grew up in Myrtle Point, OR and that’s where his family and friends lived, but when his parents separated he and his sister moved a hundred miles away to Grants Pass, where his mother worked and attended school.

Every Summer the Coos County Fair rolls into Myrtle Point, Oregon.  For many, it’s a weeklong celebration.  To 14-year-old Jeremy Bright and his 9-year-old sister S’te (pronounced “Ess-tee”),  it was one of the highlights of each year and they rarely missed it. Because distance would have been a problem, their stepfather, Orville “Ole” Gulseth of Myrtle Point, had offered to take them in for a week that summer but he would need to get approval from his mother, Diane Beatty, now 55.

Beatty said yes. Something she will regret for the next 25 years.

“He was here for a week during the fair,” said Beatty during a 2009 interview at her Eastside home as she pored over photos of her missing son from a time when Pac-Man and Van Halen were all the rage. “He was only here for a week. If I would have said, ‘No,’ about him coming up to the fair, I would still have him.”

“Instead of them veggin’ in Grants Pass for a week, while I worked and went to school, I thought that would be a great little trip for them,” “I have regretted it ever since.” said Beatty.

It was a Thursday on August 16, 1986 and Jeremy decided to bring his best friend, Johnny, with him to the fair. The two would go off while his little sister walked around the fair with their step-father.

Around 4:45pm., Jeremy made a long distance call to his mother to check in with her and to let her know that he was having a good time at the fair. She told Jeremy she’d be back in Myrtle Point in two days to pick him and his sister up.

Five hours later at 9:40 PM, Jeremy showed up at a local tavern owned by his grandmother.  There he met his stepfather and asked to borrow some money. It was the last time Jeremy was ever seen by his family.

Two days later, Diane arrived in Myrtle Point as planned.   She went to pick up Jeremy at his stepfather’s house, but her son never showed up:

“I went in and on the TV set was his house keys from our Grants Pass apartment and his wallet and his new watch that he told me he’d bought. I knew when I found those things that he was around somewhere because he wouldn’t leave without them.”

On Saturday night, Diane was worried enough to contact the police. At first, Sergeant Steve Dalton of the Coos County Sheriff’s Department believed Jeremy had simply run away:

“He did like the fair. There was the thought that perhaps he was hiding out, intending to leave with the fair people and I’ve explored that possibility in every way that I can think of. However in this particular case, I’ve talked to family members and friends of him that knew him well. And he was just not, from what I can learn, the type of kid who would have struck out on his own.”

On Sunday, August 17, 1986, the fair closed down. Myrtle Point was buzzing about Jeremy’s disappearance, and gradually, conflicting stories began to emerge. According to one rumor, Jeremy attended one of Myrtle Point’s many parties, and drank a beer laced with a powerful drug. Another story claimed that three older teenagers showed up at a local swimming hole and harassed Jeremy and his friends. According to Sergeant Dalton, this information came from a jailhouse informant:

“They subsequently took him to a cabin, maybe within ten miles of the Myrtle Point area, and attempted to nurse him back to health… he died as a result of that injury, either from loss of blood or from infection or what have you. That same source… indicated that his body would found within 200 feet of this cabin in a shallow grave.”

Police searched the area surrounding the cabin but found nothing. For Diane Bright, the rumors about her missing son were difficult to handle:

“All of them are hard to think about. Every time I’d hear a new one, I have nightmares for a week or so. The one that I hope is not what happened is one where he suffered for two weeks before he died and they buried his body, because the thought of him suffering for two weeks just makes me sick.”

Jeremy Bright has scars on his forehead and nose and a mole on his chin. The prime suspect in his disappearance recently died in prison, and there are no new leads. However the case is still open.

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Age progressed photo of what Jeremy Bright may look like at age 33. He would be turning 41 this year.

Case Type: Non Family Abduction
DOB: May 25, 1972 Sex: Male
Missing Date: Aug 14, 1986 Race: White
Age Now: 40 Height: 6’0″ (183 cm)
Missing City: MYRTLE POINT Weight: 140 lbs (64 kg)
Missing State : OR Hair Color: Brown
Missing Country: United States Eye Color: Green

Case #:
86-245
NCIC #:
M-229352950
NCMEC Case #:
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Anyone with any information regarding this cold case is urged to please contact:

Coos County Sheriff’s Office Missing Persons Unit: 1-541-396-3121
Or
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

You can also contact:

A Toll-Free Hotline: (1-800-282-7155) which is maintained by the Clearinghouse to receive any information on missing children. Clearinghouse business number 503-934-0188

Source:
Unsolved Mysteries (UM)
Victims Heartland
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Oregon State Police

The Mysterious Disappearance Of Selena Eden

The Mysterious Disappearance Of Selena Eden

Missing Since October, 1990 from San Francisco, California.

♦ Selena Edon was driving home from Union Hall in Downtown San Francisco, on November 29th, 1989, when she got into a serious car accident. A truck swerved and collided into her car. She was admitted to the hospital as an Unidentified ”Jane Doe” for 7-days due to her papers and I.D. disappearing in the aftermath of the car accident, she was left in a coma for six weeks and when she came out of the coma, she had brain damage, her left eye was permanently damaged, and she suffered painful migraines. According to a friend, Laurie Gallagher, Selena had lost a significant amount of her memory. She also had to relearn every and had the mind of a child, in a way.

Two month’s after the car-accident, Selena moved back to San Diego to live with her parents as she tried to recover but her migraines left her in periods of extreme confusion and frustration.

 

“Things like that would upset her. That’s when I noticed her frustration more and more. And she wanted to be on her own, but the more she pushed it, the more confused she was becoming.” Said Clarissa, Selena’s mother.

 

About one year after the car accident, Selena moved back to San Francisco. Her family was hesitating but eventually let her move back.

“She was very happy to be in San Francisco and to be around her friends, but she didn’t appear healthy enough to be on her own. She was very unaware of a lot of things. I think she definitely needed somebody to be with her you know, to help her.” Said Clarissa.

Clarissa also said: “She was evasive with me and that wasn’t like her. She would tell me everything you know. I said, Selena, what you need to do, you need to come back home. And she said well don’t worry if you don’t hear from me in a month or two. And then she said I’ll be calling you soon, and hung up and that’s the last I’ve heard from Selena.”

 

Selena would keep in touch with her family regularly, but, in October of 1990, her regular calls to her mother suddenly stopped and when her family couldn’t reach her, they hired a detective to look for her. The missing woman was spotted in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, despite her telling her parent’s she was leaving town. Detective’s followed all the leads, but Selena Edon was never found.

Her family believes she is alive somewhere, lost and confused, possibly living with amnesia. Other’s however, are unsure and suspect foul play.

As of 2012, Selena Edon’s disappearance is still unsolved.

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Selena Edon was born March 17th, 1962. She has black hair, brown eyes, standing 5’7”, weighing approximately 110-pounds in 1990. She also walks with a limp and wasn’t involved in a relationship in the months leading up to her disappearance.

On 02/09/94, ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ aired Selena’s disappearance. Call’s came in but nothing ever came out of it, they were either false tips, or mistaken identity.