This post linked to below is from another blog.  It’s one of the first published accounts (at least that I’ve seen) of the trail of financial issues between Chase Merritt and Joseph McStay.  I can’t personally vouch for its authenticity, but it appears reliable.


Provecho Water Feature Evidence
Provecho: Part 2


This next is a breakdown of the report on “Chase Merritt and The McStay Family murders blog“. For full report click link Blog.

The communications below all take place in 2008. This is way before the McStays go missing, however the issues with receiving payment from this particular vendor are apparently still relevant at the time of the disappearance.  What relevance, if any, to the McStay murders, remains to be seen. It appears from Yelp reviews that this specific Provecho restaurant may have closed down around 2010.




April Pro

May Pro

June:July Pro

July:August Pro

November Pro

What the above email thread lays out are difficulties in receiving payment from Provecho, as agreed upon in the contract between EIP and Provecho (see Blog)

It is unclear what part Chase’s work played in this dispute.  Or if the water feature was ever fully installed by Chase.  From the pictures on Yelp it seems that the water feature was installed.  But the emails are unclear.

Though interesting, I’m not sure how this relates to the McStay family disappearing.

16 months following the email-thread represented above (almost a year and a half later) Joseph is still working with Chase. And no welders have come forward stating that Joseph had approached them to replace Chase. If Joseph was looking to either add welders or replace Chase, he was in the very early stages of this.  But there is very little to corroborate this idea, absent Dan Kavanaugh taking the stand.

Up until the McStays go missing Joseph and Chase are on the phone more than ever, and Chase assists, in Joseph and Summer’s move from their San Clemente home, to the Fallbrook residence.  Chase also puts up their shed the week prior to the family vanishing.

When faced with Joseph’s disappointment in the Pacheco deal Chase doesn’t threaten Joseph, as Dan K. did, Chase offers to do what he can to get Joseph his money back.

Basically, on this specific deal, Joseph is out of pocket the 19K he paid Chase.  Which had the project worked out, would have been Chase’s percentage.  Why Joseph paid Chase in full, rather than in installments is uncertain.

But here’s the thing, Joseph’s job is to make sure payment is received from the client. He never should have accepted a credit card-PayPal payment. He should have required that it be paid by check. So some of this is on Joseph.


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