Buried bodies of McStay children are identified

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Investigators on Friday positively identified the bodies of the children found buried in the desert near Victorville as those of the two McStay boys. The findings come about a week after authorities announced that the other remains found in the shallow graves were those of the children’s parents.


McStay family snapshot

San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials said that DNA tests had confirmed that the bodies were in fact those of Joseph and Gianni McStay. At the time the family went missing in 2010, Joseph was 3 and Gianni was 4.

Earlier this month, a motorcyclist riding through a remote area off the 15 Freeway outside Victorville discovered bones and called authorities. Sheriff’s investigators excavated the area, finding the remains of two adults and two children.

The adults were confirmed through dental records as Joseph and Summer McStay, members of a family from the San Diego-area community of Fallbrook whose disappearance had garnered widespread attention.

The family went missing nearly four years ago, in early 2010. When family and friends had not heard from them for several days, Joseph McStay’s brother, Michael McStay, called authorities.

Investigators entering the house found no sign of a struggle. Neighbors said they hadn’t seen them for days and started feeding the family’s dogs. Investigators said at the time that the family’s life appeared normal and, then, they simply vanished.

At the time the discovery was announced in San Bernardino last week, authorities said they believed that the two smaller bodies were those of the two boys, but further tests were needed to make a definitive conclusion.

“It’s not really the outcome we were looking for,” said Michael McStay, overcome with emotion during a news conference last week in San Bernardino. “But it gives us courage to know they’re together and they’re in a better place.”

Coroner’s officials have declared all four deaths to be homicides, but officials have declined to release the exact cause of death, citing the ongoing investigation.

The case was initially handled by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, but the investigation into their deaths is being led by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

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  • Wes baker

    Another nice white family killed by illegals and drug cartels. Obama wants you to focus on keeping these good people on our country. Like Nancy said we need to pass it to find out what is in it, so legalize everyone and then we find out the crime rate and child molestation rate afterwords. I hope your family does not get killed in process because the democrats don’t care.

    • <?>

      Hey guys, ever notice how some people assume they know the "facts" in crimes and spin it into a political statement with a wild guess of theirs? The comment above is a great example.
      This is a terrible crime that happened and the unfortunate family shouldn't be used as pawns for political leverage and messages. How sad to have stooped that low….

  • LoRock

    My heart just hurts when I think of what those children went through. I have 2 young children myself and I can't imagine how horrendous of a person you have to be to take the lives of innocent children. I hope they didn't suffer and I hope that their family finds some sort of comfort during this time. My most sincere condolences.

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