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(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) — A business associate of a California family that mysteriously disappeared more than four years has been charged in the four murders — including two young boys, police said on Friday.

The remains of Joseph and Summer McStay and their sons were found in the desert near the U.S.-Mexico border last year, reinvigorating the investigation, and on Friday, San Bernardino County authorities announced that they made an arrest in the case.

Charles Merritt, who knew the family through business, was identified as the suspect.

Nov. 5th Investigators arrested Charles “Chase” Merritt for the murders of Joseph, Summer, Gianni & Joseph Jr. McStay pic.twitter.com/FCKwDAfg8W

— SB County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff) November 7, 2014

No cause of death has been released, but the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s office says that all the victims died of blunt force trauma.

The parents and their sons, ages 3 and 4, vanished from their San Diego home in February 2010, but there were no signs of forced entry. There were signs that the family left suddenly, and their car was found parked near the border off Interstate 15.

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