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During the press conference, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon told the media that Joseph and Summer had been identified through dental records. The other remains they are not sure who they are, but it is safe to assume that they belong to Gianni and Little Joey.
Michael McStay, Joey's brother and the rest of the family, were sitting in chairs around a conference table while McMahan spoke. They were all visibly upset and if I didn't know any better I would have thought that I was watching a funeral, instead of a press conference.
Back in Texas, Patrick McStay, Joey's father, who I have become to know over the last couple of years, is alone, with his own grief.
I first met him when I linked him up with a Private Investigator that was willing to look into the case pro bono. The PI, which I will keep anonymous for now, didn't share too much info with me, out of professional courtesy for Patrick, but he did say that a search should be done near the area of the Old Bonsall Bridge, which is where the McStay's family's phone had pinged.
No searches, to my knowledge, were ever done where the phones last pinged. Det. Dugal sent a letter to the PI stating they had done a search of the immediate area in 2010 including business in the area, but nothing about the Old Bonsall Bridge. He also told the PI that he could search the area, but to keep in mind that he would need permission from landowners to search on their property. I believe the PI did do a cursory search of the area, but because of the terrain and legal issues of land ownership, he was limited, plus he was alone.
Through social media I learned there were several people during the course of the last two years that had tried to get a search together, but nothing ever came of it. During the latest attempt, the volunteers were denied access to the area in Bonsall they wanted to search. Eventually, I heard no more about it.
It would be my guess that somewhere in that area that has never been searched is the McStay's cell phone that was probably pitched off the Old Bonsall Bridge.
|Old Bonsall Bridge|
During the 3 years the McStay's were missing, part of me felt that the McStay's met with foul play, but the other part of me didn't. I think the latter may have been naive, and full of the childlike optimism and hope that tends to cloud my judgement. Although the surveillance video of the family crossing the border was impossible to see who it really was, I still wanted to believe it was them and they had decided, with reasons only known to them, to begin a new life elsewhere.
But, there was one part that couldn't be ignored, that I couldn't shake, that I became aware of regarding tranfers from Joey's bank account made through Paypal transactions. The tranfers were being done by one person, per Patrick and I thought it could be possible that person might have been sending it to the McStay's. We now know that probably never happened.
Here is the transactions with the important info X'd out as compiled by Patrick:
2/6/10 – Request initiated - money from bank account to paypal acct in amount of $2000.00 USD
2/9/10 - $2000 balance landed in paypal acct. bank transfer complete
2/18/10 – e-check payment to XXXXXXXXX@gmail.com $3000USD. Transaction ID SRW06714LNXXXXXXX
2/18/10 = Bank account transfer initiated 2/15/10 is now complete in amt of $2000USD
2/24/10 – Transfer initiated to XXXXXXXXX@gmail.com $2000USD. Transaction ID 97L9863056XXXXXXX
3/4/10 – funds request from bank initiated.
3/9/10 - $2900 available from bank transfer
3/11/10 - payment for $3,000.00 USD to XXXXXXXXXXXXX@gmail.com sent
3/25/10 - eCheck payment of $3,445.00 USD to XXXXXXXXXXXX - Transaction ID: 4P167088KMXXXXXXX
3/25/10 - eCheck payment of $5,000.00 USD to XXXXXXXXXXXX (XXXXXXXXXXXXXX). Transaction ID: 7AG806806B4XXXXXX
3/30/10 – attempted to withdraw $2000 from UBOC. Declined.
3/30/10 – tried again. Denied.
5/5/10 – tried again. Declined.
5/21/10 – tried again. declined
6/1/10 – attempted to transfer $1,000.00 USD from bank account, ending in 1738. This transfer was returned by bank on Jun. 7, 2010 for the reason - The bank account is closed.
6/1/10 - attempted to transfer $1,000.00 USD from alternate bank account, twice. This transfer was returned by bank on 6/7/10 for the reason - There was a bank processing error.
6/1/10 - attempted to transfer $1,000.00 USD from your bank account, ending in 2784. This transfer was returned by bank on Jun. 7, 2010 for the reason - This is an invalid bank account number.
6/2/10 – changed password
Patrick stated that Dugal who said that he knew the McStay's "financials and their friends better than I know my own financials and my wife's," told Patrick:
"Doesn't matter if someone isn't on the account as long as they have the passwords and the account ID there is no crime! I [Patrick] asked what if they hacked your account and Det. Dugal said again if they have your account ID and password there is not a crime."
The account was finally frozen in March by the bank and not by SDSD.
The withdrawal's began on Feb 6, the McStay's went missing on the 4th and by the time the account was closed over a month and a half later, over $24,000 was missing.
Patrick stated that there is no one that had the Paypal password except for Joey. I suppose the password could have been saved on Joey's computer and someone accessed it that way, but if not did someone hack into the account two days after the family disappeared or did they force Joey to tell them the password?
Patrick believes that if the SDSD had taken action earlier regarding the transactions that legal action could have been taken. I believe that legal action over that missing money can still be taken and should be. No one had the right to steal over $24,000 from Joey, and the fact that no one is answering for it is something the SDSD needs to explain. Why have they NOT held anyone accountable for the missing money when it is known exactly who took it?
Patrick posted the following last summer and something I repeated during several interviews today:
"Remember it always comes down to "follow the money".
Patrick also asks,
"So where is the money leading too? Who got or had access to Joey's accounts and what have we seen happening, like the sale of EIP, the money taken from accounts before they were even known to be missing. The company business records attempted to be gained. We also have some one recently buying a boat that as we know hasn't or doesn't show any means of income. So where did the money come from."
So, what is the answer to the Patrick's question. I will tell you tomorrow.
Go here for part two.
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