Connecticut police probe possible human remains for tie to missing couple

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Federal Prosecutor: Human Remains Found During Search For Connecticut Couple.

WESTON, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A federal prosecutor said human remains have been found during a search connected to the disappearance of a married couple who went missing in August. State Police were requested to assist Weston Police on Oct. 29 around 3 p.m. after Weston Police received information about possible human remains at 89 Norfield Rd. The remains were found at a vacant home in Weston on Thursday afternoon and taken to the medical examiner’s office for identification, authorities said. Kerrigan, the homeowner, called police to say he had found something behind his house while cleaning the backyard, according to a law enforcement source.

State court records show Jeffrey Navin was $2.2 million in debt as of December in connection with a mortgage on a Guilford home that has been in foreclosure since 2007. Their son, 27-year-old Kyle Navin, was named a person of interest in the disappearance last month but was arrested on an unrelated gun possession charge. They called the state police about 3 p.m. and the Western District Crime Squad took over the scene, closed the road, and brought flood lights, dogs and a helicopter to aid in the search of the woods behind the house, a police said. Weston Police Chief John Troxell said officers turned their attention to the abandoned property after getting a call from the owner, local businessman Thomas Kerrigan. ‘Kerrigan told police he was doing a clean up on the grounds that afternoon when he found ‘something’ he thought might be human remains,’ the Weston Forum reported. ‘He asked police to investigate.’ Last month, Daily Mail Online revealed that the couple’s son, Kyle, told a friend about their disappearance the day before they were allegedly discovered to be missing.

The couple was officially reported missing the following day, on August 7, after failing to turn up to work at the waste disposal company Jeffrey and his brother William ran together and with relatives unable to contact them on their cell phones. Authorities said they searched his Bridgeport home and found two firearms, ammunition and evidence he was using heroin, oxycodone and other controlled substances. Weston Volunteer EMS announced on their Facebook page Thursday evening that Norfield Road is “currently closed from Norfield Church to Old Hyde Road until further notice.” Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin have not been seen since Aug. 4, 2015. Jeffrey Navin texted his son shortly after 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 4, saying he wasn’t going home “til I know mom is okay,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit. On September 10, Kyle Navin, of Bridgeport, was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a drug user – a crime that can carry a sentence of 10 years.

According to the arrest affidavit, Jeffrey and Kyle Navin exchanged text messages the day the couple disappeared in which Jeffrey said he did not want to return home because he would be framed for murder. And the day after his parents vanished, Kyle Navin bought germicidal bleach, hair/grease drain opener, stain remover and contractor cleanup bags, police said. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. According to former neighbor Gail Berman, 60, who lived next to the family in Weston where both Kyle and brother Taylor, 23, attended Weston High School the family seemed ‘exceptionally close.’ Kyle Navin has not been charged over his parents’ disappearance, but documents show he changed his story over his last movements four times, while mysterous final text messages from his father accuse Kyle of trying to frame him for the murder of his mother Jeffrey is president of trash-hauling company J & J Refuse and for the past 18 years Jeanette has worked as a paraprofessional at the Weston Intermediary School Library. In the affidavit for Kyle’s arrest, police said they’d determined that Jeffrey didn’t show up for work on August 6 and 7, which his brother, who works with him, said was very unusual and that Jeffrey always made prior arrangements to cover his shift.

But since their disappearance a very different picture of the family’s situation has emerged with the revelation that the Navins were in debt to the tune of $2.23million on a foreclosed million-dollar home Jeffrey owned at 7 Hart Road in Guilford. Navin had been fighting the HSBC bank since 2007 when the bank filed the foreclosure claiming that he had failed to pay $1.3million in mortgage arrears. The couple sold their Weston home – which had been in Jeanette’s sole name since 1994 – on 1 June for $900,000 and moved to a rental home less than a half its size in Easton.

And the discovery of Jeffery’s Dodge pickup on August 9, two days after they were reported missing, cast a sinister light on what fate may have befallen the Navins. The vehicle was abandoned in a commuter lot off the Merritt Parkway, detectives have said that the passenger window was smashed in and ‘physiological fluid’ believed to be blood along with a bullet hole was discovered inside. Similarly Kyle’s rapidly changing version of his own movements and the last time he had any contact with his parents is difficult to reconcile with the innocent explanation that the couple abandoned their Connecticut lives of their own volition. Kyle claimed that he called his father who met them to pick up his mother and that he then went home where he remained until around 12. 30 when he drove to his parents’ house to pick up his paycheck that his father had left taped to the door.

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