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Discovery Channel to tape episode focusing on the missing McStay family

SAN DIEGO - A crew with the Discovery Channel show ''Disappeared'' is in the San Diego area this week to tape an episode focusing on a Fallbrook family that vanished seven months ago, leaving behind few clues as to what became of them.

On Monday and Tuesday, the makers of the ''Disappeared'' interviewed sheriff's detectives and relatives of Joseph and Summer McStay, 40 and 43, respectively.

The couple and their sons, Gianni, 4, and Joseph Jr., 3, have not been seen since their Fallbrook home was found empty -- seemingly vacated in a hurry -- on Feb. 15.

McStay's younger brother, Mike, asked authorities to go to the home because he hadn't heard from them in more than 10 days.

Deputies found the family's two dogs at the house. Nothing inside the home suggested the family had gone on a trip. A carton of eggs was left on a kitchen counter.

The couple's white Isuzu Trooper had turned up near the San Ysidro border crossing a few days earlier. One of the boys' asthma medicine was inside it.

Among possible pieces of evidence in the case is a blurry Feb. 8 video showing four people resembling the family walking into Mexico.

Joseph McStay owns an decorative indoor fountain company.

Mike McStay, who lives in San Clemente, said he hoped the show would jog the memory of someone who has seen his 40-year-old brother.

''Somebody's got to know something at this point,'' he said.

Susan Blake, the missing man's mother, who was interviewed for the show at her Corona home, has been an emotional ''mess'' since the family went missing, her younger son said.

Mike McStay, 37, whose business installs fire sprinklers, said the past eight months had been hard on him, too.

''This whole thing is just a bad dream ... . It's like time stopped back then,'' he said.

Sheriff's investigators told him they will keep the case open until they get some answers.

''But there are no open leads,'' Mike McStay said.

The family's banks accounts have not been accessed since their disappearance, and they have had no known contacts with any friends or relatives.

Mike McStay said he had no idea what became of his brother, sister-in- law and nephews. He refuses to believe they moved to Mexico -- for any reason.

''I don't see Joe putting his family at risk like this,'' he said. ''That's just not Joe.''

He said he does not believe the surveillance video from the border shows his brother's family. It was unclear when the episode featuring the McStays would air.


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