UPDATE 11/7/14 – Chase has been arrested for the murder of the McStay family.
I have written many articles on the McStay case. Please follow the links in the article below or put McStay in the search box above to see them all.
It seems, despite all the evidence that Patrick McStay, Joseph’s father gave to the police that showed that his family did NOT voluntarily leave, the more the police dug in their heels and clung to their theory that they did leave voluntarily.
It’s as thought the police concluded a grainy video, a computer search and the purchase of a Spanish speaking software product confirmed the McStay’s went to Mexico for good. The hundreds of other facts, like they left their dog behind, left at night, left behind a substantial amount of money in the bank, text messages, and a million other clues was disregarded. Even a PI who investigated the case, told them there was foul play and he felt the family was dead. There was more evidence that the family disappeared INvoluntarily than voluntarily, but the police decided the latter was what happened. And you couldn’t shake them from that thought no matter how much information Patrick threw at them.
Patrick worked the case over the years and gave the police bank statements showing someone transferring money from Joseph’s bank account via Paypal starting on Feb. 6, way before they were reported missing. Patrick even found an email from the same person sent from Joseph’s email account to Summer’s that was threatening in nature, stating he would shut down Joseph’s website if he did not pay him money. The person also used his own grandfather’s account to transfer money from Joseph’s account.
Per Patrick, instead of the police embracing the information, he was told that what the person did was not illegal, because he had the password, which Patrick told them they he was never given, and must have gotten by hacking into the account or some other way. The threatening email was ignored as well. That same person was arrested for battery, two years after the McStay’s went missing.
As many know over the course of the years, Patrick has come up with several suspects. Please note, that Patrick has had suspects in mind since his family first disappeared. The police never mention a person of interest they were looking at.
I am sure in order to protect himself, Patrick has referred to the people by their initials.
Although the above individual I spoke of before, who transferred money from Patrick’s account and eventually sold Joseph’s fountain website seems like a viable person of interest, it is not the only one, although after what I am about to tell you, you won’t be able to imagine there is anyone else.
The person that Patrick is the most interested in the police talking to is the man that Joseph asked the Child Protection Services to check on in regards to abuse in a home. (Please note that many people were talked to regarding this case via telephone and not in persons–kinda hard to tell if someone is lying when you are talking to them on the phone.) When the person found out what Joseph had done, he threatened him. Summer seemed to be the most worried about the incident and even talked to Little Joseph and Gianni about it and recorded a video of their answers. The person told Joseph, [approximately] he needed to shut her [Summer] up or he would do it. The case was dropped by CPS and found unfounded. This is the most recent event that happened to the family before they disappeared.
Another suspect, as far as social media is concerned is a partner of Joseph’s that he called the day he disappeared and in fact called many, many time over the course of the day.
According to T-Mobile G1 cell phone records for Joseph’s phone, at 7:47 p.m. on Thursday night, he made one outbound call., Then at 8:28 p.m., Joseph’s phone called Chase Merritt. Merritt has said publicly he didn’t answer the phone, and wished he had. There were no further calls or text from that phone. Mail Online did an interview with Chase after I wrote this article today. You can read it here.
And, while we are on the subject of cell phones, lets jump over to Summer’s cell phone. She received a call at 4:42 p.m. on Thursday, that pinged the same tower as Joseph’s on the night of the disappearance. Then on Friday, eight text messages were received on her phone, three from Joseph and Summer’s friend. On Saturday four texts. Those text messages pinged another tower on the opposed site of the San Luis Rey River per Patrick.
What many may not know is that Joseph did pay this individual a lot of money to leave his website alone. As per the deal he was to no longer bother him, his family or the website, but here he is calling Summer the day after she went missing. And he also was the one, according to the LA Times, that called the police on Feb. 10, and told them he was not able to reach the family. Four days later Joseph’s brother, Mike McStay, also called the sheriff’s office to report them missing.
Interestingly, somewhere along the line, a deputy, told the McStay family that “Something bad had happened.” The McStay family hoped that the statement would help reclassified the case, but the Citizen’s Law Enforcement review board said there was no evidence uncovered to show a crime had been committed to warrant another classification in 2012.
Lastly, there has been mention of a McGyver that may be involved but I have seen nothing but friendship and concern from him and he should not be considered. Even he has asked why law enforcement did not get his cell phone records in order to help find the McStay’s, and it was left to him to “battle trying to get this from my carrier.”
Tolls and subscriber information is a routine procedure that all law enforcement does and there is even a form used to get this information, that is filled-out and faxed to the cell phone company that has a department that specializes in honoring those requests. Why the police did not gather McGyver’s cell phone information is a mystery to me, other than they had all they needed from Summer’s records, and dismissed McGyver as involved early on.