Prosecutor: Son a suspect in killings of Connecticut couple
WESTON, Conn. (AP) -- Authorities searching for a Connecticut couple found the remains of two people, and a federal prosecutor said Friday that their 27-year-old son is a suspect in their presumed killings.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Dayton said there is evidence, including the discovery of the remains, that "very strongly suggests" that Kyle Navin killed his parents. Her comments came during a hearing in federal court in Bridgeport in a weapon case against Navin, who has not been charged in connection with his parents' disappearance.
Navin's lawyer, Eugene Riccio, declined to comment Friday on Dayton's statements, the discovery of the remains or the gun charge.
Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin, of Easton, haven't been seen since Aug. 4. Their pickup truck was found with a shattered window on Aug. 9 in a commuter parking lot in Westport. Jeffrey Navin, 56, is president of J&J Refuse in Westport. Jeannette Navin, 55, is a school library aide in Weston.
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. The texts were sent the day the Navins vanished.
On Thursday, authorities searched property that includes a vacant home in Weston. Investigators on Friday said they found the remains of two people, but the medical examiner's office had not confirmed their identities.
Easton and Weston are wealthy, neighboring towns near Bridgeport.
Kyle Navin was arrested on the federal weapon charge Sept. 8 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 Friday, U.S. Magistrate Judge William Garfinkel ordered Navin to remain detained without bail.
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. 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.