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Kerrigan Son: ‘No Connection to the Murder’

A son of the owner of the Weston property where the remains of a murdered couple were found said today his family has “no connection to the murder.”

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Thomas J. Kerrigan: “let authorities continue the investigation.” Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The father, Thomas F. Kerrigan, a businessman of Westport, is the owner of the property at 85-89 Norfield Road where the remains of Jeffrey W. Navin, 56, and wife Jeanette L. Navin, 55, were found Thursday.

“My family has already spoken to authorities, and we have no connection to the murder,” Thomas J. Kerrigan, also a Westport resident, said in a statement emailed to media.

“My father was also not a friend of Kyle’s,” he said, referring to the Navins’ 27-year-old son, who has been charged with his parents’ murder. “However, my brother and I were once acquainted to the Navin family a while ago when Kyle learned about the vacant property.”

Jeffrey Navin, president of J&J Refuse in Westport, and his wife, Jeanette, a Weston school paraprofessional, were reported missing Aug. 7 after not having been seen since Aug. 4.

Bail for Kyle Navin of Bridgeport, who has been held in a Rhode island prison on a gun charge, was set at $2.5 million.

In addition, police announced the arrest of Jennifer A. Valiante, 31, the Westport girlfriend of Kyle Navin, as part of the investigation.

She is being held on a $2 million bond pending a Nov. 2 Bridgeport Superior Court date.

“Whomever disposed of the remains trespassed and had no permission to be on the property by my father,” Kerrigan said.

“Once again, we ask the public to understand that we have no connection to the investigation and murder of Jeanette and Jeffrey Navin other than the evidence found on the property.

“It is just unfortunate to my family that the remains were found on our property but a milestone to the investigation,” he added.

“We ask that you stop bringing up my father’s name, business and property and let authorities continue the investigation.”

—James Lomuscio

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