We are learning more about the case against Chase Merritt, the main suspect in the McStay case. Merrit pleaded not guilty at his arraignment today in a Victorville, California courtroom. District Attorney Michael Ramos told Randi Kaye that they only started "putting pieces of the puzzle together" about six months ago.
For nearly five years, Patrick McStay has been living through an unimaginable nightmare. His son Joseph McStay, daughter-in-law and two young grandchildren disappeared. Just last year, their bodies were found in shallow graves in the Mojave Desert. There were few clues about what happened to the McStays and until last week, there were no arrests.
Now, Joseph's business partner Chase Merritt is charged with the murders. Patrick McStay spoke exclusively with Randi Kaye and said the moment he learned that a family friend is the main suspect felt "like a boulder falling on me."
Police confirm they found the remains of a California couple and their two children. The McStays disappeared nearly four years ago under very puzzling circumstances. Police don't know why they left their home or what happened to them after that. Randi Kaye has the latest on the murder investigation.
Tonight on AC360°, Randi Kaye has the latest on the mystery surrounding the deaths of the McStay family.
The remains of Joseph and Summer McStay, along with their sons Gianni and Joseph Jr., were discovered last week near Victorville, California. They disappeared from their home outside of San Diego in February 2010. Days later they were caught on surveillance video walking across the border into Mexico and their car was found nearby.
Randi travelled to Victorville and to the U.S. / Mexico border for tonight's report.
She sent back these photos:
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