On February 8, the family vehicle (a white Isuzu trooper) is found in a parking lot in a San Ysidro, CA town near the Mexican boarder. The children’s car seats were still in the car. On February 15 McStay’s brother asked police to conduct a welfare check at the family’s home. When deputies entered the home they found two dogs home alone without care and it didn’t appear as if the family left on a planned trip. Belongings that would have been essential for a vacation were left behind along with perishable items on the counter. At that time it becomes clear to friends and family that something is amiss. Almost a year later, the McStay’s are still missing.