A Connecticut man was concerned that his 27-year-old son was framing him for the murder of his wife on the day he disappeared last month, newly released court documents reveal.
Jeffrey Navin, 56, vanished along with his wife Jeanette, 55, on Aug. 4, CBS News reports. Their Dodge truck was located five days later.
Kyle Navin, 27, has not been arrested in connection with the disappearance, but was detained for unlawful use of a firearm by a user of controlled substances. The charge carries a possible 10-year prison term.
The exchange of text messages took place just after 12:30 p.m. Aug 4, according to a federal affadavit in support of Kyle's gun charge.
“I'm not going home till I know mom is okay,” Jeffrey wrote in the first message to Kyle, followed shortly afterwards by another reading, “Did you hurt mom?”
“No absolutely not. Why would you think?” Kyle replied, according to a court affidavit reported by Daily Mail.
“I go home and get framed for murder,” Jeffrey texted back.
After informing his son that he was going to the police, Jeffrey sent his last message which read, “You are setting me up.”
According to investigators, Jeffrey’s phone was turned on for the last time later that same afternoon at around 1:20 p.m.
This text conversation stands in contrast to Kyle's initial statement to investigators. He reportedly had told them that he and his father only discussed work on Aug. 4, and he denied talking about his mother or his mother's safety that day.
Jeffrey owned a trash collection business. Although he and his wife regularly took holidays and lived in a large house, the investigation has revealed that they were in extreme debt.
The couple was reported missing Aug. 7 by Jeffrey’s brother William, who co-owns the refuge collection company, according to CBS News.
Relatives deny that the disappearance of the couple has anything to do with their debt.
“We are shocked and saddened at the unexpected disappearance of Jeff and Jeanette Navin," a family statement said, according to the Daily Mail. "There are no words to describe the impact this has had on their parents, siblings, and children. We wish only for their safe return and we ask for anyone who has seen either of them since Tuesday, August 4th, to contact the Easton police."
Despite searching landfill sites around the state, police have not found a trace of the Navins. Their truck was located Aug. 9 and contained what was believed to be traces of blood and a bullet hole.
Kyle has been named a "person of interest" in connection to his parents' disappearance.
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