The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner positively identified the human remains found yesterday at 89 Norfield Road in Weston as that of Jeffrey Navin, 56, and Jeanette Navin, 55, the couple reported missing from Easton on Aug. 4, according to the state police.
Through the course of their investigation detectives from Western District Major Crime (WDMC) applied for, and were granted an arrest warrant by the Bridgeport Superior Court for Kyle Navin and Jennifer Valiante.
Jennifer Valiante, 31, of 4 Reichert Circle, Westport, was taken into custody today at approximately 8 p.m. at her residence and taken to Troop G-Bridgeport where she was processed. Upon completion of processing, Valiante was taken to New Haven detention where she was held on bond, pending her court date.
Valiante, Kyle Navin’s girlfriend, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and hindering prosecution in the first degree. Her bond was set at $2 million.
There is an active arrest for Kyle Navin, 27, 142 Aldine Ave., Bridgeport, who is currently being held in federal custody. He is charged with murder and murder with special circumstances. Bond: is $2.5 million
The Navin family has asked for privacy at this time.
The remains were discovered yesterday afternoon by the property’s owner, Thomas Kerrigan of Westport, while he was doing yard work and saw something out of place.The house on the property is in disrepair, and has a tarp over it. Kerrigan called police at about 3 p.m., and an intensive investigation began.
State police detectives from Western District Major Crime, along with assistance of the Weston and Easton police and fire departments, the chief medical examiner, Bridgeport State’s Attorney’s office, FBI, U.S. Marshal, and U.S. Attorney’s office actively investigated the discovery of the remains.
State police public information officer Kelly Grant said the names of the victims would be made public once they were positively identified and the next of kin was advised.
At noon today, Magistrate Judge William I. Garfinkel ordered Kyle Navin to remain in custody following a detention hearing in federal court in Bridgeport.
Navin’s attorney Eugene Riccio asked that he be released pending his trial on a federal gun charge. He has been held in federal custody since his arrest Sept. 8. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Dayton made the case that Navin should remain in custody
“Human remains of two people were found in Weston,” she said. “We believe from information in text messages that his father was fearful he was being set up for murder. The evidence strongly suggests the suspect killed his parents.”
Arguing for his release, Riccio said Navin was employed, had no criminal record, had local ties in the community, and was cooperative with police. Dayton disputed those charges and said he had given conflicting information to police, that he had lied.
“He is potentially facing murder charges,” Dayton said.
In making his decision, Garfinkel said, “Riccio presented an excellent case, but the government met the burden of proof that his release presented a flight risk.”
The Navins lived in Weston on Osborn Farm Road for 18 years before moving to a rental house on Staples Road in Easton in June. Relatives went to the Easton Police Department Aug.7 to report the couple was missing.