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Authorities Investigating Disappearance Of North County Family

Authorities sought today to locate a North County couple and their two young children, who went missing nearly two weeks ago.

Friends, relatives and business associates of Bonsall residents Joseph and Summer McStay and their children, 4-year-old Gianni and 3-year-old Joseph Jr., have not seen them since Feb. 4, according to sheriff's Lt. Dennis Brugos.

The family's disappearance came to light Monday evening, after the brother of the elder Joseph McStay requested a welfare check at their Avocado Vista Lane residence.

"Evidence at the family home suggested that the family had not left on a planned vacation and that the totality of the circumstances surrounding their disappearance was quite out of character for this family," Brugos said.

Anyone with information on the McStays' whereabouts was asked to call the Sheriff's Department at (858) 974-2321.

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