Friday, February 24, 2017
The jaw bone was located up a trail near the top right corner of the picture. (Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)
The jaw bone was located up a trail near the top right corner of the picture. (Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)

Jaw Bone With Teeth Found in Apple Valley by Hikers

UPDATE: Jaw Bone Found in Apple Valley Identified

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) A possible human jaw bone was discovered in Apple Valley Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

Four hikers contacted sheriff’s dispatch at 3:50 p.m. when they located the bone while on a trail along Apple Valley Road north of Ohna Road.

“It appears to be a human bone, so we contacted the coroner’s office and are waiting for them to call us so we can get pictures to them,” said Deputy Tommy Dickey of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Apple Valley Station.

The jaw bone did contain teeth, which will hopefully expedite the process of identifying the person that died if it is indeed a human bone.

“If it turns out to be a human bone then the investigation will start,” stated Deputy Dickey.

The jawbone was found just 5 miles away from where a family of 4 were discovered buried in November of 2013.

Those remains were located by an off-road motorcyclist after heavy rainfall caused a bone to surface. That incident was tied to a crime that made national headlines.

The family of four were discovered less than 5 miles from where a jawbone was located today.
The family of four were discovered less than 5 miles from where a jawbone was located today.

The remains were determined to be those of Joseph McStay (age 40), his wife Summer (age 43), and their sons Gianni (age 4) and Joseph Jr. (age 3) who went missing three years earlier from their Fallbrook, California home.

Police arrested former Apple Valley resident Charles “Chase” Merritt, Joseph McStay’s business partner, and are charging him in the bludgeoning deaths of the McStay family.

Merritt remains in jail with no trial date set but is scheduled back in court on Tuesday for a hearing involving a “subpoena filed under seal” as well as a status conference, according to court records.

Mikey McStay, the brother of Joseph McStay, was present in the courtroom as charges were filed against Charles "Chase" Merritt in 2014 (Hugo C Valdez, Victor Valley News)
Mikey McStay, the brother of Joseph McStay, was present in the courtroom as charges were filed against Charles “Chase” Merritt in 2014 (Hugo C Valdez, Victor Valley News)

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By Gabriel D. Espinoza

Gabriel has lived in Victor Valley for nearly 15 years. He co-founded Victor Valley News, and has a background as a financial advisor and relationship banker. When he is not working the numbers, he enjoys getting out and meeting the community and delivering news worthy information.