Suspect in McStay family disappearance arrested

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    (CNN) -- [Breaking news update, posted at 12:17 p.m. ET]

    California authorities this week arrested Charles "Chase" Merritt in connection with the deaths of the McStay family -- a southern California family of four that vanished in 2010, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said Friday.

    The suspect, a business associate of Joseph McStay, was arrested Wednesday and charged with four counts of murder, officials said.

    [Original story, posted at 8:54 a.m. ET]

    California authorities to give update on McStay family disappearance

    Almost a year to the day after an off-road motorcyclist found the remains of a California family that had vanished from their home in 2010, authorities on Friday called a news conference to discuss developments in the case.

    Joseph and Summer McStay and their two children, 4-year-old Gianni and 3-year-old Joseph Jr., disappeared under mysterious circumstances from their Fallbrook, California, home in February 2010.



    Police who searched their home days after the family disappeared found eggs on the kitchen counter and bowls of popcorn in the living room, along with the family's two dogs. There were no signs of a struggle.

    Despite finding the family's SUV in San Ysidro, California -- where it had been towed from the Mexican border -- and video surveillance that showed a family matching the description of the McStays crossing the border, authorities had no clue what happened to them until the discovery of their bodies on November 11, 2013.

    A motorcyclist passing through the area found the remains in two shallow graves not far from Interstate 15 in San Bernadino County, more than 100 miles from the family's home north of San Diego.

    Authorities identified the remains using dental records. At the time, San Bernadino County Sheriff John McMahon said the killings appeared to be "extremely orchestrated" and carried out by more than one person.


    But authorities declined to explain how the family died or to detail evidence collected from the scene.

    At the time, Joseph McStay's brother emotionally promised justice for his brother and his family.

    "You guys are cowards," he said of those who killed the family. "And all of America is coming after you. And we're going to find you. And we're going to prosecute you."
     
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    That's great news. What a strange story. The family was taken like right in the middle of breakfast or something.
     
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    Who eats popcorn for breakfast?
     
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    Was it really? I thought they left in the middle of cereal. Maybe I saw the wrong investigative show.:bounce:
     
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    I actually read all of the OP. :facepalm:
     
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    The most suspicious thing here is indeed the egg/popcorn combo. :bigthink

    Maybe it's a clue.
     
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    Also, the name Gianni McStay is quite the incongruous juxtaposition.

    This story grows curiouser and curiouser.
     
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    Or they were having Thanksgiving with snoopy and Charlie Brown
     
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    Earlier CNN.com reported that there was going to be a update in the case later tonight, but I just figured we wouldn't hear much new. My jaw dropped when I saw the headline was changed to arrest.
     
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    With that arrest one would imagine that there is going to be a Hangout Thread in the Bar missing its OP for a while
     
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    How can you kill 2 little kids??
    At the end of the Omen, Gregory Peck almost couldn't do it and that kid was the devil!
     
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    (SB County Sheriff)

    Merritt was a former business associate of the McStay family patriarch, Joseph McStay. The arrest was announced by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s office on November 7 at a press conference. The Los Angeles Times reports that the two had a water features business together. The two had just bought waterfalls from Mexico together, just prior to the McStay’s disappearance. CNN reports that the last call made by Joseph McStay’s phone was to Chase Merritt around 8:30 p.m. on the night of February 4, 2010.
     
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    (San Bernardino County Sheriff’s office)

    The causes of death of the McStay family was “blunt force trauma,” according to the San Bernardino Sheriff’s office. The Los Angeles Times reports that Merritt is eligible for the death penalty. District Attorney Mike Ramos told the media:

    I don’t need to tell you this is a cold and callous murder on an entire family.
     
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    "Robin,who just disappears in the middle of the night without a trace? those people must have nothing going on in their lives"
    (long drawn out pauses)
    "Howard, i was just about to say that"
     
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    I wish this guy was a partner of the Stern - Ostroskey's.