Jeanette and Jeffrey Navin died of gunshot wounds

Kyle Navin

Kyle Navin

The deaths of Jeffrey and Jeannette Navin  have been ruled homicides as a result of gunshot wounds, according Dr. James Gill, Connecticut’s chief medical examiner.

Jeannette Navin’s fatal wounds were to her “torso and her extremities.” Jeffrey Navin died of a gunshot wound to “the trunk area,” Gill said.

“We can only release what is on the death certificate,” Gill said in an email. “Autopsy reports are not public records and are exempt from FOIA.”

Jennifer Valiante — WFSB.com photo

Jennifer Valiante — WFSB.com photo

Jeanette and Jeffrey Navin’s son, Kyle Navin, 27, has been charged with their murders and his girlfriend, Jennifer Valiante, 31, has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Navin is being held on $2.5-million bond. Valiante is being held on $2-million bond.

The Navins lived in a home on Osborn Farm Road in Weston from 1994 until this June, when they sold their house and moved to a rental home on Staples Road in Easton.

Kyle Navin was the last person to see them, on Aug. 4, and their cell phones were turned off that day in the vicinity of their son’s home on Aldine Avenue in Bridgeport, according to the warrants for Kyle Navin’s  and Valiante’s arrests.

The remains of the couple were found recently under leaves outside a vacant home in Weston. They had last been seen Aug. 4, and were reported missing to the Easton Police Department Aug. 7 by relatives.

Easton police initiated the investigation and soon involved other state and federal law enforcement agencies in an intensive investigation that went unsolved until Oct. 29 with the discovery of human remains by a homeowner doing yard work at 89 Norfield Road in Weston.

The homeowner, Thomas Kerrigan, were cleaning up Kerrigan’s wooded property, which contains an abandoned residence that has been unoccupied for about 10 years, according to the arrest warrant affidavits.

While moving debris, Kerrigan disturbed a pile of brush and leaves, which he distributed over the property. The debris contained a blue tarp with silver duct tape. When the debris was moved, the contents of the tarp were revealed, and Kerrigan observed what appeared to be human bones.

Also on the property was an object consisting of plastic contractor bags taped together, which, too, had been disturbed by the machine. Kerrigan called the Weston Police Department around 3 p.m. and reported that he might have found human remains on his property. The Weston Police Department executed a consent-to-search on the property.

After an initial investigation of the property, Weston police called in the state police, suspecting the remains might be those of Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin.  That night, law enforcement officials closed Norfield Road and conducted an extensive search of the property.

State police detectives from Western District Major Crime, along with assistance of the Weston and Easton police and fire departments, the chief medical examiner, the Bridgeport state attorney’s office, the FBI, the U.S. marshal, and the U.S. attorney’s office, investigated the remains, and a positive identification for Jeanette and Jeffrey Navin was made Oct. 30.

Kyle Navin and Valiante are scheduled to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court Nov. 24.

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