On February 4 (or 5th), 2010, the McStay family of four, Joseph Sr., Summer, Gianni and Joseph Jr vanish from their newly purchased home in Fallbrook, California.

November 11, 2013, the bodies of all four McStay family members are discovered buried in two shallow graves in the desert in Victorville, California.

November 7, 2014, a family friend and business associate Charles Ray Merritt is charged with their murders.

Thirty-six search warrants issued on this case, by two different law enforcement agencies, are now available to the public.

The preliminary hearing for People v Merritt took place June 15, 2015, at the San Bernardino Superior Court House. Much of this hearing is known to the public as well.

THE PUBLISHED San Bernardino County Search Warrants previously available on-line no longer appear to be there.  You can still find them here: SBC Search Warrants:



Individual Search Warrants

StatevMerritt blog features the preliminary transcripts:


Warrants released by the early investigators on this case:

San Diego Unsealed Search Warrants (4)

Court updates and future hearings:

Court Schedule


This blog is designed to facilitate discussion on the evidence and to encourage one of the most crucial tenets of our justice system: The Presumption of Innocence.  

(A jury has found Chase Merritt guilty, but I have a feeling this story is far from over.)

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