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Missing boys' remains found in California desert

on November 23, 2013 10:19 AM

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Bones found last week at a Southern California desert gravesite are those of two boys whose parents also were buried there, coroner’s officials confirmed Friday.

The remains are those of Gianni McStay, 4, and his brother, Joseph McStay, 3, the coroner’s division of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

A state DNA lab confirmed their identities, the department said.

Dental records earlier confirmed that other remains belonged to the boys’ parents, Joseph McStay, 40, and Summer McStay, 43.

Authorities haven’t said when or how they died.

The four vanished in February 2010 from their Fallbrook home in San Diego County, about 100 miles from the gravesite.

There were no signs of forced entry at the residence or in their SUV, which was found parked near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Neither Joseph nor Summer had told family or friends they were leaving. When they were reported missing, authorities went to the house and found eggs that had rotted on the kitchen counter and two pet dogs in the backyard, indicating the family hadn’t prepared for an extended leave.

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