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EMMY award winning crime beat reporter Matt Johnson dusts off his reporter notebooks for this exciting podcast and gives you a first hand perspective on cold cases, homicides, mysteries & murders he has covered, followed and still haunt him today. Follow on social and


5 - MURDER: The McStay Family

The McStay family Murders

New information in this bone chilling murder case of a family who went missing from their home in Fallbrook CA in 2010.

Joseph and Summer McStay had just moved to their new home in Fallbrook with their two small boys Gianni (4) and Joseph Jr. (3).

Summer is a realtor and Joseph owns a construction company building fountains and water features.

On February 4, 2010 the families while SUV is caught on camera pulling from the driveway, but because of the angle of the camera you cannot see who is behind the wheel.

Joseph's business partner Charles "Chase" Merritt called the McStay's family members after he could not get ahold of the family.

On February 13, Joseph's brother Michael travels to San Diego and discovers the families dogs in the backyard and what appears to be a house left in a hurry. There were eggs on the counter, popcorn bowls on the couch and the stroller was still in the garage.

Days later the family car is located at a shopping center near the San Ysidro border crossing. That's when the San Diego County Sheriff's Office releases a grainy video that appears to be a family crossing the border.

In 2013 a off-road motor-cross rider discovered the shallow graves in Victorville CA. The McStay family was buried in carpet from the house and a sledge hammer believed to be used in the murders.

Shortly after the families business partner Merritt is arrested for the murders.
Evidence in trial shows Merritt's cell phone in the area of where the bodies were discovered.

Prosecutors say money was a motive for the murders. Merritt owed the McStays roughly $42,000.

Charles Merritt has been found guilty of murder in June 2019. He faces the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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