Discovery Channel Airs Episode On Missing Local Family

Episode On McStay Family -- Missing Since Feb. 2010 -- Aired Monday Night

A Fallbrook family who disappeared in February 2010 was featured Monday night on an episode of the Discovery Channel program "Disappeared."

The episode was filmed in September, focusing on the mysterious disappearance of Joseph and Summer McStay, and their boys Gianni and Joey Jr., who were aged 4 and 3 when the family vanished.

The family's home was found empty -- seemingly vacated in a hurry -- on Feb. 15, 2010. 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.

The family's banks accounts have not been accessed since their disappearance, and they have had no known contacts with any friends or relatives. Detectives said there was no evidence that the family disappeared because of foul play.

"They are missing and there is no good reason to be missing," said detective Troy Dugal with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

A Feb. 8 surveillance video from the border showed a family resembling the McStays walking into Mexico. But Mike McStay has said he doesn't believe the video shows his brother and family.

"Whoever that is, they are walking across with a to-go bag and a purse," said Mike McStay.

In May, a waiter at a Baja restaurant told authorities he had seen the family and they left a map behind. However, authorities were not able to confirm that McStays were at the restaurant.

The most recent lead came in October with a possible sighting of the family in Ensenada, but it turned out to be a false alarm.

After months without any new leads, Mike McStay and his mother Susan Blake hope the TV show will help bring their family home.

"It's a roller coaster. Holidays are tough; birthdays are tough," Blake told 10News.

The show, which featured interviews with detectives and friends and relatives of the family, aired at 7 and 10 p.m. on Monday and 1 a.m. Tuesday. The show will air on Cox cable channel 104, DirecTV channel 285, Time Warner Cable channel 214 and Dish Network channel 192.