Missing Fallbrook family is in Mexico, investigators say

SAN DIEGO — A family of four that disappeared mysteriously from their Fallbrook home three years ago most likely traveled to Mexico of their own free will, Sheriff’s investigators said Tuesday.

The case of the McStay family garnered national attention after it was profiled on “America’s Most Wanted” and Discovery Channel’s “Disappeared.”

Joseph McStay, his wife Summer, and their two sons Gianni, 5, and Joseph, 3, were last seen on Feb. 4, 2010. McStay’s brother, Mike, contacted the Sheriff’s Department because he hadn’t heard from them.Authorities found their white Isuzu Trooper in San Ysidro four days later.

Deputies have conducted an exhaustive missing person investigation over the past three years, authorities said. They have followed up hundreds of tips and worked closely with the FBI. Investibators said they believe that the family voluntarily traveled to Mexico. Detectives have examined border-crossing surveillance as well as checked hospitals, jails, and morgues in Mexico.

The McStays have not contacted friends or family since they disappeared, investigators said.

Because the family is believed to be out of the country, the Sheriff’s Department has transferred the case to the FBI, although Sheriff’s detectives will continue to be part of the investigation in a support role, department officials said.

Anyone with information about the family’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. The agency is offering up to $1,000 for Information leading to a resolution of the case.