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Where did the McStays go?

On Feb. 4, 2010, Joseph and Summer McStay and their two young sons got into their Isuzu Trooper and drove away from their Fallbrook home. Then they vanished. Life had been normal up to that point.

May 30, 2011|By Scott Kraft, Los Angeles Times

Joseph's brother Mike maintains a website with photos and home videos of the family, and tips arrive in waves every time television programs featuring the case are rebroadcast. Last week, Dugal investigated a sighting in Indiana; a few weeks earlier it was Burbank. None panned out.

Last year, a waiter at a restaurant in Baja said he had served the family, whom he recognized from posters put up in the region. But the FBI investigated and could find no corroboration.

Family members can only speculate. Did someone force the family to go to Mexico? Did someone hurt Joseph and then abduct Summer and the kids? Were both parents attacked and the kids abducted?

Weeds grow knee-high in the frontyard of the McStays' home on Avocado Vista Lane.

On the welcome mat by the front door recently was a letter: a foreclosure specialist offering his services. When the bank learned the couple were missing, it froze their accounts, pushing the house into foreclosure. It's due to be auctioned off next month.

Photos: A Fallbrook family vanishes

scott.kraft@latimes.com

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