Scene: me, in a post-holiday coma in dark bedroom watching ID TV whilst the kids play their new Wii games down the hall.
The show spotlights the disappearance in SoCal of an entire family. Poof! Gone.
Dad, mom and two toddlers vanish in the night. The last anyone sees of them is Feb 4, 2010, nearly 2 yrs ago. Their white Isuzu
Trooper is seen leaving their house at night, and the truck is discovered 4 days later abandoned 80 miles from their home in a US strip mall near the Mexican border.
Feb 15, 2010 they are declared missing. That's 11 days from the time they are seen last.
According to the show, and reading online, there are many theories surrounding their vanishing. Perhaps mom had dad killed and fled the country with the kids and a beau, or the family was abducted or forced to leave, or they simply "dropped out" of society, etc.
Any one theory is plausible, and with the scant evidence a case can be made for any number of viable scenarios.
The thing that sticks with me is how can they be gone for 11 days before they are reported missing?
Sure, they live a carefree lifestyle and he owns his own biz and works from home, and I know those types. They're on their own schedule and live life according to different rules. But 11 days? That's a long time for most anyone to be completely missing, especially a couple with a thriving business, two small children, and family living nearby.
If my hubby, our kids and I went missing, I wonder how long it would be before someone noticed? How about you? How long would it take?
I would say probably 2 or 3 days. But different from the McStays, my hubby has a job and his boss would be concerned. He would start making calls, or have someone come by. The neighbors would just think we were out of town, so I doubt they'd notice we were unduly absent. If I would fail to show up for a meeting with a friend, that would send up a red flag. My absence on my social networks would be noticed. We home school, so the kids wouldn't be absent from school. I'm just thinking out loud here...
On further thought, maybe it would be more than a few days, maybe a week. I'd say about 7 days.
This is interesting to ponder. How long would it take for a person to be absent from life before anyone noticed? Before anyone came by the house or called the police...?
Here's the link to the tv site: http://investigation.discovery.com/tv/disappeared/the-missing/summer-joseph-mcstay.html
Here the link to a blogger who is also interested in the McStays: http://joebrainardspajamas.blogspot.com/2011/12/did-summer-mcstay-suffer-from-paranoid.html