50 people in 50 days: Family of four vanishes
The McStay family's vehicle was found near the Mexican border.
February 1st, 2011
02:18 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Family of four vanishes

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the 12th case, and it will air at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday on HLN.

How does a family of four simply vanish? Joseph McStay, his wife and two little boys have not been heard from since February 4, 2010.

On February 8, the family vehicle (a white Isuzu Trooper) was found in a parking lot in San Ysidro, California, on the Mexican border. The children's car seats were still in the car.

On February 15, McStay's brother asked police to conduct a welfare check at the family's home. When deputies entered the home they found two dogs home alone without care and it didn't appear as if the family left on a planned trip. Belongings that would have been essential for a vacation were left behind along with perishable items on the counter. It became clear to friends and family that something was amiss.

Almost a year later, the McStays are still missing.

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  1. Cesar


    February 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    Jim? Rebuttal.

    February 2, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Netwallwarrior

    Wow... Can you people have any less empathy? What about the children? Whether they're on this side or the other side of the border we should have some sense of compassion.

    February 2, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. glo

    It sounds like an abduction. However there is alot of information left out that is unclear to what may of happened. The probability there are alive is not good. Yes Mexico has got very dangerous. There is a drug and gang war going on, I have never heard of such evil in my life. If there was ever to be an arch built for a great flood now would be the time.

    February 2, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lisa @friendlyblogger

    Seriously, how do 4 people leave zero trace behind? Do you have any idea how difficult that is?! I just dont know if your average criminal can make that happen.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Skeptic

    Something smells very fishy about this story to me. It seems like they intended to vanish. Often when family members say, "He's just not like this. He wouldn't do something like this," they are usually naive and can't or won't believe the truth. You never really know people and even the most seemingly normal people are capable of terrible things.

    If it turns out they are found alive and it was a staged disappearance and they put their relatives through hell, wasted the time of law enforcement and callously left the dogs to starve and die a slow, painful death they should have the kids taken away, be charged with a felony and do jail time.

    February 6, 2011 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. Margroks

    I think their political leanings have nothing to do with this. Nor is it correct to think "liberals" never carry guns or can't defend themselves. For that matter, and this was pointed out by another poster on another article, the people who took down the gunman in Tuscon didn't use guns to do it; they defended themselves and others with determination and guts. So stop the prejudiced raving; it's embarrassing.

    February 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
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