FALLBROOK, Calif. -- A nationally known search-and-rescue team is joining the hunt for a missing Fallbrook family and bringing some high-tech equipment with them.
Over the next several days, Texas Equusearch will use an unmanned drone to search for the McStay family, who have been missing for 3 weeks.
The radio-controlled drone aircraft are based out of San Diego State University. When they are launched, they can search every inch of a 15-mile area in a matter of minutes.
The drones feed high-resolution digital images and GPS locations back to the search team.
Joseph McStay, his wife Summer, five year old son Gianni and three year old son Joseph were last heard from on February 4th. Since then, the only sign of the family has been the discovery of the McStay's white 1996 Izuzu Trooper which was found abandoned February 8th in San Ysidro.
The search was prompted by a request for a welfare check on the family by McStay's brother.
"Evidence at the family home suggested that the family had not left on a planned vacation and that the totality of the circumstances surrounding their disappearance was quite out of character for this family," sheriff's Lt. Dennis Brugos said. The family dogs had been left without food or water.
"Certainly it's not against the law to be missing voluntarily but we are checking some things preliminarily such as their banking, cell phone use, to try to make a determination on what happened," said Lt. Dennis Brugos.
Relatives are hoping a new website will help in the search.
Photos, home videos and information about the McStays can be found at http://www.McStayFamily.com.
McStay worked from home and ran an online business selling indoor fountain waterfalls called Earth Inspired Products since 1996. The McStay moved into their home on Avocado Vista Lane for a few months but neighbors describe them as friendly.
"I saw the kids always running around and everything and he's watching them," said neighbor Zubair Hasib of his frequent encounters with Joseph.
Anyone with any information on this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at
(888) 580-TIPS (888) 580-TIPS (8477) or 580-TIPS(8477).
McStay Family Web Site
Tags: Missing Family, Family of Four, The McStays, Joseph McStay, Summer McStay, Gianni McStay, Joseph Mateo McStay
Location: San Clemente, California, United States (load item map)
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