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Other Alberta Locations / Re: Lyle and Marie McCann part 2
« Last post by capeheart on February 16, 2015, 11:14:09 AM »
Out on bail for $2000.00, wow, that is unreal. He is a suspect in a double homicide all of this time and this is a very low bail in this case. There is so much time gone by on this case, no slam dunk case like you say. I wonder if he will be convicted, if there is no DNA and no fingerprints, no visible sighting of he in their company on any video. It is all circumstantial and he could walk. Hopefully justice will prevail and the right person will be behind bars in this horrible case of two elderly people who went for a holiday and never came home. :o :o :o :o :o :o
USA & Other / Re: McStay Family, Sandiago California, Missing since February, 2010.
« Last post by capeheart on February 16, 2015, 11:10:20 AM »
SAP, thanks for putting all the information here, which is a great help. I was totally blown away by the whole thing. I wasn't aware about the book that was being written.  But I do wonder how one person could commit these murders, especially where it was by physically killing them, which would be four people he would have to kill. The trial is to begin late this year. Hopefully there will be justice for the McStay family.
Other Alberta Locations / Re: Lyle and Marie McCann part 2
« Last post by jellybean on February 15, 2015, 04:55:06 PM »
Looks like Travis will be out on bail again, this time for $2,000.  He is still in custody until an approved home is found for him to stay in.

Note:  His mother lives in St. Albert.  The McCann's left St. Albert to go on their vacation. So Vader does have a St. Albert connection.

General Discussion / Re: Young Winnipeg Woman Murdered While Brushing Snow Off Car
« Last post by SAP on February 15, 2015, 12:26:17 PM »
You are welcome. :) Angela is also a member here, if you want to message her.
Barrie / Re: Child's Skeletal remains found in Barrie, Ontario 1974
« Last post by POOKIE1976 on February 15, 2015, 11:42:37 AM »
This seems pretty close....I noticed your reference to Bloomington...

General Discussion / Re: Young Winnipeg Woman Murdered While Brushing Snow Off Car
« Last post by Rancher4444 on February 15, 2015, 04:39:25 AM »
Yes it does ... thank you.
General Discussion / Re: Young Winnipeg Woman Murdered While Brushing Snow Off Car
« Last post by SAP on February 15, 2015, 04:31:43 AM »
You might try contacting Angela Ellis of North American Missing Persons Network. She seems to have access to archives that most of us don't. She doesn't just  deal with missing persons ... murdered as well. I hope that helps. 


There's a 'contact' box to click on on the left side of the page.
USA & Other / Re: McStay Family, Sandiago California, Missing since February, 2010.
« Last post by SAP on February 15, 2015, 04:25:13 AM »

Chase Merritt, the man recently charged with murdering the McStays, a family of four who disappeared in 2010 and whose remains were found last year in the California desert, was writing a book about the crime he's now accused of committing.

The 57-year-old Merritt planned to release a book later this year titled, "Afraid of the Light," in which he claimed Joseph McStay had been concerned his wife may have been poisoning him in the days prior to the McStay family's disappearance.

McStay, 40, vanished along with his wife, Summer, 43, and their two sons, Gianni, 4, and Joey, 3, from their Fallbrook, Calif. home in February 2010, launching what San Diego sheriff's investigators called their most extensive missing-persons search ever.

At one point, investigators said they believed the family left voluntarily for Mexico. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said they were convinced people seen on a dimly lit surveillance video walking into Tijuana, Mexico were the McStays. That theory was shattered when the family's remains were found last November in shallow graves in the Mojave Desert, about 100 miles north of where they lived. The case was transferred to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department and an arrest was made last week.

Arrest in slaying of McStay family
Authorities announced Friday that Merritt, of Homeland, Calif., a sub-contractor who did business with Joseph McStay, was arrested and charged with four counts of murder.
Patrick McStay, Joseph's father, told 48 Hours' Crimesider Monday that he had many phone conversations with Merritt over the years regarding his son's disappearance. Patrick McStay says the last time he spoke with Merritt was in January or February of this year when he called Merritt after reading in the media that Merritt was writing a book.

Patrick McStay says it was in that phone conversation that Merritt asked him to review his book.

"He wanted me to read what he was writing. He proceeded to start reading it to me. He said, 'Why don't we collaborate together and write a book?,'" Patrick McStay said.

According to Patrick McStay, the book put Merritt high on his radar. Patrick McStay says he "played along" in hopes of gathering information on what happened to his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren.

Merritt's name has long been associated with the McStay case. He has publicly claimed to be the last person to see Joseph McStay alive, and has said he was first to notice the family was missing.

Merritt has a criminal history. He was sentenced to a total of more than two years in prison in the 1970s and 1980s for convictions on burglary, receiving stolen property and violating parole, a prison spokesman told the Associated Press.

Court records in Los Angeles County show he was also sentenced for grand theft and burglary in 2001.

When speaking to the Daily Mail in January about the book he was writing, Merritt said he was "extremely close" to Joseph McStay.

Joseph McStay owned a fountain manufacturing business, Earth Inspired Products, and hired Merritt as a sub-contractor.

"I was not his best friend, but he was mine and I believe he opened up to me about things he would not tell anyone else," Merritt is quoted by the paper as saying.

Suspect accused of murdering California family arrested
Merritt also spoke to the Daily Mail in November 2013, shortly after authorities found the remains of the McStay family. In that interview, Merritt reportedly said he submitted to a lie detector test not long after the disappearance and that he passed, despite "a couple of inconsistencies."
Authorities said they could not confirm whether or not he did in fact take a polygraph test.

Patrick McStay says he didn't suspect Merritt at first, but a year or so ago, he says the puzzle pieces started falling into place and Merritt began looking like a more and more viable suspect.

Patrick McStay says it's hard to put into words how he felt when he heard of Merritt's arrest last week.

"I don't know how to describe it. It was shock, but not shock," he told Crimesider.

In announcing the arrest, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said authorities believe the McStays were bludgeoned to death in their home on February 4, 2010.

San Bernardino County sheriff's Sgt. Chris Fisher said there was no "smoking gun" that helped solve the case after so many years. He told the Associated Press the agency re-examined 4,500 pages of evidence handed over by authorities in San Diego County, served 60 search warrants and did 200 interviews. Evidence found at the gravesite also helped, Fisher reportedly said.

Patrick McStay says he's thankful that the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department investigated the case, something he says the San Diego County Sheriff's Department failed to do.

"How many more families like ours are going to have to put up with this; waiting for years because these guys don't do their job?," Patrick McStay says. "It's a rogue sheriff's department in San Diego."

"San Bernardino says that they believe that it all happened in the home. You mean to tell me that they can figure that out and San Diego can't?," he added.

Jan Caldwell, a spokesperson for the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, told Crimesider Monday "there was no indication of any sort of foul play" when they took on the case back in 2010. For that reason, she says, it was handled by the department as a missing persons case.

At the time of the family's disappearance, San Diego County sheriff's detectives said it appeared the family had fled at a moment's notice.

Investigators found their dogs with no food or water, eggs rotting on a counter, and bowls full of popcorn in the house. Authorities said there were no signs of forced entry and nothing was missing from the home.

Four days after the family vanished, their white Isuzu Trooper was found at a San Diego shopping mall, just steps from Tijuana, Mexico. A dark surveillance video shows four people walking across the border, supporting the initial belief that the family had gone to Mexico voluntarily.

Jodi Miller, a spokesperson for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, would not comment specifically on what led to the conclusion the McStays were killed in their home.

There was "no obvious crime scene," Miller noted, adding that "the investigation in its entirety" led to the conclusion that the family was killed at home.

Miller says the investigation into the case is still open, but they do not anticipate any other arrests.

Officials have not commented on a motive, but Patrick McStay speculates that it must have been money. He says there are still a lot of questions that remain unanswered.

He wonders if other people were involved and perhaps most importantly, he wonders; why the children?

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General Discussion / Young Winnipeg Woman Murdered While Brushing Snow Off Car
« Last post by Rancher4444 on February 14, 2015, 08:17:48 PM »
Does anyone remember the murder of a young woman in Winnipeg over a decade ago. She was brushing snow off her car and a neighbour walked up to her and shot her. I believe it was in the head with a handgun. I've searched and searched and I can't find anything. It could be 2 decades or more ago ... I don't remember. It was covered by the Winnipeg media. I think of her sometimes, because, if I remember correctly, the only person the media interviewed was one woman who knew her ... her family was not mentioned. That's if I remember correctly. It was like, her life was snuffed out and nobody cared.
USA & Other / Re: McStay Family, Sandiago California, Missing since February, 2010.
« Last post by capeheart on February 14, 2015, 02:20:10 PM »
I was totally taken by surprise this past week when I had CNN on and there was a special on the McStay family. There was a whole hour. I hope you can see this program, don't know how to put any link here, but maybe you can see it on a link, don't know about that. However, I will try and fill you in. Joe had a business friend that he used to help him with welding in making his waterfalls, which was a very lucrative business. The whole family knew this man and he was in their home many times. On the day they went missing, it looked like they were making breakfast, all items were on the cupboard and it looked like they walked away. The person who was involved with Joe, did have a criminal past and had spent time in prison, (maybe this was not known to Joe). However, the family was not reported officially missing until eight days after. The home was not marked off as a crime scene and people were walking in and out of the home, because there was no tape up. The male who was his business associate had been borrowing money off of Joe, so this was a clue. I forget his name, sorry, he has been charged with First Degree Murder in the McStay family. All bodies were recovered buried in the desert. They were all murdered with great trauma and the forensic people said that they suffered. They were all beaten to death, according to the reports. The accused is arrested, in chains and in jail. His trial is going to be later this year. All of this happened just in November 2014. I am worried about this guy being convicted, because of it is mostly a circumstantial case. And the home was not kept as a crime scene. This SOB could walk.  Now if any of you can find a link that could provide the whole story, it would be great. This program could possibly on again, because I was lucky to see it on it's second show in a week, that was a couple of days ago. :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o
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