Son, Girlfriend Arrested in Killings of Connecticut Couple

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Human remains found in search for Conn. couple; detained son named suspect by prosecutors, son’s girlfriend arrested.

The remains of a married couple missing since August were found in the back yard of a vacant Connecticut home — and police issued an arrest warrant charging their son with the murder.The search for a missing Connecticut couple has taken a gruesome turn with human remains found buried behind a home Thursday, nearly three months after they vanished, authorities said.

WESTON, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Sources on Friday said two sets of human remains are those of a Weston, Connecticut couple who went missing in August, and their son has been named as a suspect in their murder.(WESTON,Conn./CBS Connecticut) – The Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner has positively identified remains found at 89 Norfield Road in Weston as Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin of Easton,who disappeared August 4th. State Police have an active warrant for the arrest of the Navin’s son, Kyle on charges of Murder and Murder with Special Circumstances.The warrant sets bond at 2.5 million dollars. Assistant US Attorney Tracy Dayton made the comment this afternoon in federal court in Bridgeport, where 27-year-old Kyle Navin was brought in for a detention hearing in an unrelated federal weapons case.

At Friday’s hearing, Dayton told the court that cellphones belonging to the victims had “magically” stopped working near Kyle’s home in Bridgeport. The affluent president of J&J Refuse and his library staffer wife have been missing since Aug. 4, with their parked car found five days later in a Weston commuter lot. Late Friday, the State Police said he would also be charged with two counts of murder, after the authorities confirmed that remains found in Weston were those of his parents. Investigators responding to the scene — approximately five miles from the missing couple’s home — reported finding what appeared to be human remains. Navin was arrested Sept. 8 on a federal gun charge but at the time had not been charged in connection with his parents’ disappearance, CBS2’s Lou Young reported.

Authorities previously disclosed text messages in which Jeffrey Navin asked his son if he hurt his mother, and in which Jeffrey Navin expressed concern he was being framed for his wife’s murder. While the bodies’ identification remains unknown pending a medical examiner’s report, a police source, speaking to the Stamford Advocate, said they are most likely that of the missing couple. In legal documents seen by Daily Mail Online, FBI Special Agent Mike Zuk has testified that, according to one long term acquaintance he interviewed, Navin said, ‘he was dealing with a lot of family issues and that it looked like his parents were missing,’ on August 5.

And the day after his parents vanished, Kyle Navin bought germicidal bleach, hair/grease drain opener, stain remover and contractor cleanup bags, police said. 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.

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 warrant affidavit in the gun case, Jeffrey Navin texted his son on Aug. 4 saying he would not go home until his knew Jeannette Navin was OK. 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.’ 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. 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. In August, police released a statement from the Navin family which said the “financial issues recently reported by the media have not been proven to be a factor for our family members’ disappearance.” (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries.

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.

He claimed that the only communication between him and his father was work related – a claim subsequently blown out of the water by a series of chilling text messages revealed in the affidavit. They chronicle a bizarre exchange between father and son in which, at one point, Jeffrey asks his son ‘Did you hurt mom?’ and states ‘I’m not going home till I know mom is okay…I go home and get framed for murder.’ In another he bluntly states, ‘U R setting me up.’ Analysis of Jeanette and Jeffrey’s cell phone activity places both in the vicinity of their son’s Bridgeport home when their phones were last used before being switched off. And security camera footage has revealed images of Kyle driving Jeffrey’s truck to his parents’ home in Easton, followed closely behind by his girlfriend, Jennifer Valiant. Meanwhile searches of Kyle’s home have revealed that the once star athlete was in the grips of drug addiction uncovering drug paraphernalia, baggies containing Oxycodone and Xanax and numerous hypodermic needles containing residues of heroin.

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