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Son charged with murder as parents' remains found months after their disappearance

His girlfriend has also been arrested.

State Police search the area around a home in Weston reportedly belonging to a friend of Kyle Navin.
State Police search the area around a home in Weston reportedly belonging to a friend of Kyle Navin.
Image: Cathy Zuraw/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP

MONTHS AFTER A Connecticut couple disappeared, their adult son has been charged with murder following the discovery of their remains in the yard of a vacant home in a wealthy town near their home.

State police said an arrest warrant charges Kyle Navin, 27, with two counts of murder and murder with special circumstances. His girlfriend, 31-year-old Jennifer Valiante, has also been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and hindering prosecution.

The bodies of Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin, of Easton, were found on Thursday in the yard of a home in neighbouring Weston. The two towns are located near Bridgeport.

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 killing. The texts were sent the day the Navins vanished.

Navin’s lawyer Eugene Riccio said that he expects his client will be served with arrest papers by Connecticut State Police sometime this weekend. Navin could be arraigned as soon as Monday when Valiente, who was arrested yesterday, is also expected to be arraigned, he said.

Missing Couple-Son Arrested Source: Cathy Zuraw/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP

Navin is currently being held in a federal prison in Rhode Island on a weapons charge, Riccio said. He declined to comment on the murder charges.

Assistant US Attorney Tracy Dayton said there was evidence, including the discovery of the remains, that “very strongly suggests” that Navin killed his parents. Her comments came during a hearing in federal court in Bridgeport in the weapon case against Kyle Navin.

Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin hadn’t been seen since 4 August. Their pickup truck was found with a shattered window five days later in a commuter parking lot in Westport. Jeffrey Navin, 56, was president of J&J Refuse in Westport. Jeannette Navin, 55, was a school library aide in Weston.

In the warrant obtained by state police charging Valiante, investigators described DNA evidence found in Kyle Navin’s truck and his basement, the Hartford Courant reported.

Blood found along with a bullet hole on the front passenger seat of his truck tested positive for his mother’s blood, according to the warrant. In his basement, police found blood stains that tested positive for both his blood and his father’s blood.

Investigators reviewed text messages sent between Valiante and Kyle Navin before his parents vanished.

Missing Couple-Son Arrested Source: Cathy Zuraw/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP

In one July exchange, he mentioned a plan to “solve every single problem and give us a wealthy amazing life,” The New York Times reported, citing an affidavit used to obtain the arrest warrant.

She replied: “I hear ya. It sounds very good I just don’t know.”

After a few exchanges, he wrote, “Wipe out the infection and get $ for life. … It’s perfect plan.”

Kyle Navin was arrested on the federal weapon charge in September after authorities say they searched his Bridgeport home and found two firearms, ammunition and evidence he was using heroin, oxycodone and other controlled substances. He has pleaded not guilty to possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance.

During the court hearing, US Magistrate Judge William Garfinkel ordered Navin to remain detained without bail on the gun charge. Navin’s bond on the murder charges was set at $2.5 million, while Valiante was being held on $2 million bail. Valiante, of Westport, is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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The Navin family has asked for privacy, state police said.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit in the gun case, Jeffrey Navin texted his son on 4 August saying he would not go home until his knew Jeannette Navin was OK. The father also asked his son if he hurt his mother.

“No absolutely not. Why would you think,” Kyle Navin responded, according to the affidavit.

“I go home and get framed for murder,” Jeffrey Navin then texted.

“Oh stop,” Kyle Navin texted back.

A short time later, Jeffrey Navin texts his son with, “U R setting me up.”

“Dad really what are you talking about?” Kyle Navin replied.

Authorities said Kyle Navin told police conflicting versions of his actions on the day his parents disappeared. The day after his parents vanished, Kyle Navin bought germicidal bleach, drain opener, stain remover and contractor cleanup bags, police said.

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