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A book for $$$ with virtually nothing about the case, but the suggestion the wife murdered her husband.

So how do all four wind up dead and buried?

Nobody from his family would be interviewed for this story. He's cashing in on his former business partner's death.
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A book for $$$ with virtually nothing about the case, but the suggestion the wife murdered her husband.

So how do all four wind up dead and buried?

Nobody from his family would be interviewed for this story. He's cashing in on his former business partner's death.
Exactly. Why did all four end up dead and buried. It is all about the dollars for his new book.



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My money would be on Merritt having something to do with the murders...

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http://www.cbs8.com/story/24245580/mcstay-murder-mystery-who-is-chase-merritt


McStay murder mystery: Who is Chase Merritt?
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 4:22 PM Updated: Dec 20, 2013 1:43 PM
By David Gotfredson,


Chase Merritt, undated Dept. of Corrections mug shot (left); 2013 photo from Daily Mail online (right) Chase Merritt, undated Dept. of Corrections mug shot (left); 2013 photo from Daily Mail online (right)

   SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) -- When skeletal remains of the McStays were discovered last month near Victorville, detectives started taking a closer look at people associated with the Fallbrook family of four.

One of those individuals is Charles Ray Merritt, also known as Chase Merritt, a metal worker and former business partner of Joseph McStay.

Merritt, 56, is a hard man to find. CBS News 8 affiliates checked four different addresses and came up empty. We also left telephone messages and emails with Merritt and his associates, but received no response.

Merritt worked for Joseph McStay's fountain design and manufacturing company in February 2010, when Joseph, his wife Summer, and their two young sons mysteriously went missing from their Fallbrook home.

Days after the McStay bodies were discovered on November 11 by an off-road motorcycle rider in the desert near Victorville, Merritt was interviewed by the online tabloid, Daily Mail, which quoted Merritt as saying:

"I was the last person Joseph saw. He came to Rancho Cucamonga on February 4 to talk to me about a huge business deal we had going on in Saudi Arabia.

We met for an hour-and-a-half for lunch. He was so excited. We had the Saudi Arabian project and a few other things going on. The business had never been so good and we were looking forward to the future. He did nothing to suggest there was anything wrong or untoward.

We both left and went home and I spoke to him on the phone about two or three times on his drive back to Fallbrook, all standard business stuff. The last time I spoke to him was around 6 o'clock."

The last call from Joseph McStay's cell phone reportedly was placed to Chase Merritt's cell phone; a call Merritt claimed he did not answer.

For the past three decades, Merritt has lived in and around Los Angeles and Victorville.

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According to public records, Merritt once lived in Apple Valley, Calif., about 12 miles away from the site where the McStay family was found buried in shallow graves.

Merritt also used a mailing address in Oro Grande, Calif., according to a pair of 2011 traffic citations obtained by CBS News 8. The address listed on the traffic tickets is six miles away from the McStay grave sites.

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And 35 years ago, Merritt was convicted of burglarizing a house located at 15854 Kewanee in Apple Valley, Calif., just five miles away from the McStay grave sites.

Despite the Victorville connection, Joseph McStay's father, Patrick McStay, told CBS News 8 that he has a hard time believing Merritt had anything to do with the murders.

"What does Chase have to gain with Joey gone? Chase isn't going to get the company," said Patrick McStay. "If you recall, Chase took a lie detector test and he passed."

Merritt claimed in his interview with Daily Mail that he agreed to a polygraph examination at the request of San Diego County Sheriff's Department detectives. He said he had passed the test in the early stages of the 2010 investigation, despite "a couple of inconsistencies."

"Was I a suspect? Well, I don't know if I'm the only one they asked to do a lie detector test, but I am the only one who actually agreed. They were certainly on my case," Merritt said to Daily Mail.

Court records show Merritt is a two-time ex-con with a criminal history that includes burglary, grand theft, petty theft, receiving stolen property, criminal trespass, and several arrest warrants.

The following list of Merritt's criminal cases was contained in a 2001 probation report as well as other court records, obtained by CBS News 8.  The list does not include traffic infractions.
ADULT HISTORY DATE    CHARGE    DISPOSITION (MAX SENTENCE)
02-04-77    Burglary    66 days in jail
07-28-77    Petty theft    60 days in jail
10-24-78    Criminal trespass    30 days in jail
11-18-78    Burglary    2 years in prison
04-16-85    Receiving stolen property    365 days in jail
02-04-87    Receiving stolen property    16 months in prison
05-21-88    Receiving stolen property    14 days in jail
06-17-88    Parole violation    
04-02-01
   Burglary
Grand theft
   180 days in jail

Merritt's most recent felony conviction was in 2001, court records showed, when he admitted to stealing $32,000 worth of welding and drilling equipment from San Gabriel Valley Ornamental Iron Works in Monrovia, Calif.

He pleaded guilty to burglary and grand theft charges and was sentenced to 180 days in jail.

Merritt violated probation several times in subsequent years and failed to appear in court on numerous occasions, resulting in his probation period being extended and at least seven warrants being issued for his arrest between 2001 and 2010, the records showed.

His probation from the 2001 felony case ended on Sept. 14, 2010.

Merritt has also received several citations for driving on a suspended license, and appeared in Victorville traffic court as recently as July 2013.

None of Merritt's past crimes are violent in nature, as he pointed out in his interview with Daily Mail.

"Nine out of ten people on this planet have got some kind of criminal background," Merritt said to the tabloid.

"I am an old man. I got into trouble here and there when I was a kid, but I do not have some long criminal history, which is what people have tried to imply," he said.

Merritt has not been named by law enforcement as a suspect in the McStay murders, and Patrick McStay insisted his son trusted Merritt as a business partner.

"I have to have faith in Chase because I have to have faith in my son. I believe that (Joseph McStay) trusted Chase and believed in Chase," Patrick McStay said. "Do I think Chase is involved? I don't think so and I truly hope not."

(CORRECTION: The original version of this report included a drunk driving charge in the criminal history of Chase Merritt.  In fact, Merritt has no conviction for drunk driving.  CBS News 8 regrets the error.)




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Good grief....any one of these people could be suspects.


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Is this the same family that was last seen on video walking toward the Mexican border, and then simply vanished?   I remember seeing a "missing" TV special on a family like that a couple of years ago.   :shrug:

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Is this the same family that was last seen on video walking toward the Mexican border, and then simply vanished?   I remember seeing a "missing" TV special on a family like that a couple of years ago.   :shrug:

Yes, it is them.  They were found the middle of November buried in the desert outside Victorville.

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Fascinating case. Very tough one to solve. No mention of drugs, alcohol for any of those in the story.

I don't think they went to Mexico. The vehicle may have been dropped there, as a diversion, or by perps fleeing into Mexico.

I doubt the website guy did it. I doubt the business partner did it.  I doubt McFadden did it.

My money would be on Jahansen, or somebody else not mentioned.
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The partners history and proximity to Victorville interests me, but Jahansen peaked my interest the more I read about him and his history and since he had lived in Big Bear he would have been familiar with the Victorville/Apple Valley area as the easiest route up the mountain to Big Bear is through Apple Valley - not the front of the mountain.


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