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McStay murder case on magazine cover

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - People magazine's profile on the McStays, who disappeared from their Fallbrook home in 2010 and were recently found dead in the Mojave Desert, is already flying off newsstand shelves.

The newest issue of People magazine article quotes family friends, a private Texas investigator and an author who wrote a book about the McStay disappearance.

Copies of this week's People magazine hit Junior Najor's stand last Wednesday.

"There's definitely a lot of interest and everyone knows the story," Najor said. 

On the cover are pictures of Joseph and Summer McStay and their two boys -- pictures of what appeared to be a happy family. 

"People are surprised to see them on the cover of People," Najor said. 

When CBS News 8 spoke with Patrick McStay earlier this week he said he thought he would be in the article. 

"I talked to People magazine for about two and half hours last week," he said.  

Only a pull quote from Patrick McStay, Joseph's father, was mentioned in the People article, "'I'm not giving up trying to solve this until the day I die.'"

In February 2010, the McStays disappeared from their home in Fallbrook. 

Video surveillance released by the San Diego Sheriff's Department showed the family crossing the border, which is why investigators initially believed the McStays left on their own. 

But when the family's skeletal remains were found last month in two shallow graves in a desert by a motorcycle rider in Victorville -- the case turned to a murder investigation and more theories surfaced. 

"There are a lot of theories and each of them kind of make sense," Najor said. 

People quotes a family friend -- one who last saw the McStays -- a bridesmaid who believes they were a happy family but speculates the cartel theory. 

"Obviously the investigators will have to dissect this family and see what they were into and maybe that will lead to what happened," Najor said.

Rick Baker the author of 'No Goodbyes,' a book about the McStay disappearance, was featured in the People magazine article.

"I don't think it's going to help the case any at this point but I think it's always good to have the public know what's going on," he said.  

The San Bernardino Sheriff's Department has taken over the McStay murders since the remains were found in their jurisdiction. The autopsy results will not be released.
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