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2015 In Review: Case Of Missing Easton Couple Ends With Son's Arrest

Kyle Navin Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police
Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin of Easton. Photo Credit: File

EASTON, Conn. -- What started as a search for a missing Easton couple turned into a grisly crime story when their remains were found in Weston and their son was charged with their murder, as the story dominated headlines in Fairfield County this year.

The story began when Jeanette and Jeffrey Navin were reported missing on Aug. 4.

The remains of the couple, who had moved to Easton this spring after many years in the yard of an abandoned home in Weston, were found Oct. 30 after nearly three months of searches and investigation.

Their son, Kyle Navin, a 27-year-old Bridgeport resident, was a person of interest in case almost from the time they were reported missing by family members. He was initially picked up and held on a rarely used federal charge of possession of firearms by a drug-dependent person while the State Police gathered more evidence in the case.

But after his parents' bodies were discovered by crew raking leaves at a home on Norfield Road, Navin was charged with two counts of murder and one count of murder with special circumstances. His girlfriend, Jennifer Valiante, 31, of Westport, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and first-degree hindering prosecution.

Drugs, including heroin, and guns were found during a search of his Bridgeport home in connection with the disappearance of his parents.

During the lengthy investigation, State Police determined thatKyle Navin was in financial trouble. He owed $133,000 to his parents, who purchased his home for him in cash, and was spending upwards of $300 to $600 a day on heroin, according to the warrant.

In several text messages to Valiante, Navin expressed the need to come up with a plan to get money from his parents.

“We need to figure out what the best way to take them down,” he said in a text message to Valiante. “We got to figure out I’m got to be real smart and do it quick.”

“I really like that idea,” says another message from Navin to Valiante. “That’ll allow (us) to stay in our house pay for a full top line remodel and new garage.”

“And have hundreds of thousands to buy my cummins and you a new car and enjoy life taking vacations, having fun with friends no stress no contact ever again with the bad people,” he continued.

Jeffrey Navin, 56, was president of J&J Refuse in Westport, where Kyle Navin was operations manager. Jeanette Navin, 55, was a library paraprofessional at Weston Intermediate School.

State Police found traces of his mother's blood in Kyle Navin's truck and of his father's blood in Kyle Navin's home. Both had been shot. Her body was wrapped in a tarp, and his was in contractor bags when the remains were dumped at the Weston home, police said.

More information on the police warrant can be found here on the Daily Voice .

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