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'Did You Hurt Mom?': New Details in Case of Missing Couple

The son of a missing Easton couple changed his story twice when asked what happened the day his parents vanished, according to the warrant for his arrest on a federal weapons charge. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015)

The son of a missing southwestern Connecticut couple changed his story multiple times when asked what happened the day his parents vanished, according to the warrant for his arrest on a federal weapons charge.

Text messages reveal Kyle Navin's father, Jeffrey, suspected him of hurting his mother, Jeanette. Jeffrey also thought his son was framing him for Jeanette's murder, the affidavit states. Both parents are missing.

The details are the latest to surface in a bizarre and puzzling case.

Jeffrey, 56, and Jeanette Navin, 55, of Easton, Connecticut, have been missing for more than a month. Investigators believe Jeanette disappeared around 8:45 a.m. Aug. 4, while Jeffrey vanished several hours later.

About a week before the Navins vanished, a judge denied Jeffrey Navin's motion to reopen a case appealing more than $2.2 million in debt on a $900,000 Guilford home. Other relatives have said they don't believe the couple's finances factored into their disappearance.

Sources close to the investigation have said the couple's son, Kyle, 27, is a person of interest in their disappearance. A relative thinks he was the last person to see them.

Kyle Navin is now facing a federal gun charge. According to the warrant for his arrest, investigators found two guns, ammunition and a large amount of prescription drugs and heroin in his home on Aldine Avenue in Bridgeport.

They also found a receipt from Home Depot dated Aug. 5 -- the day after Jeffrey and Jeanette disappeared -- for germicidal bleach, "Goo Gone" stain remover, a chemical to unclog drains and contractor cleanup bags, according to the affidavit.

Investigators said Kyle sat down for three interviews with police on Aug. 9, 11 and 13 and provided three different accounts of what happened the day his parents disappeared.

He also allegedly lied to police about the kind of conversations he had with his parents that day.

During one interview, Kyle Navin told police he never discussed his mother's safety. But cellphone records show Kyle and Jeffrey texted about it on Aug. 4, after Jeanette had stopped answering her phone, according to the affidavit.

During the exchange, Jeffrey accused his son of harming Jeanette and framing him for her murder. The arrest warrant includes the following transcript of their conversation:

Jeffrey Navin: I’m not going home till I know mom is okay
Jeffrey Navin: Did you hurt mom?
Kyle Navin: No absolutely not. Why would you think
Jeffrey Navin: I go home and get framed for murder
Kyle Navin: Oh stop
Jeffrey Navin: I’m going to the police first

Jeffrey then allegedly wrote to his son, "U R setting me up."

Investigators said Jeffrey placed his last phone call less than 10 minutes later.

Jeffrey and Jeanette's phones have since been turned off. They were last used in the area of a cell tower at 2600 Park Avenue in Bridgeport, near Kyle's home, the affidavit reveals.

"The cell site activity and text messages exchanged between (Kyle) Navin and Jeffrey on Aug. 4, 2015, do not accord with (Kyle) Navin’s statements to law enforcement," authorities wrote in the affidavit.

Late last month, investigators scoured a 186-acre site used to dump ash from the state's waste-to-energy plants but did not uncover any human remains.

Kyle Navin has not been charged in connection with his parents' disappearance. It's not clear if he has an attorney.

Read the full arrest warrant here.

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