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Police: Mother, son slain day after teen suspect's birthday

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A warrant declaration stated Adrian Navarro-Canales was anti-social and, at times, violent towards his mother. (Source: Henderson PD) A warrant declaration stated Adrian Navarro-Canales was anti-social and, at times, violent towards his mother. (Source: Henderson PD)

Detectives believe a Henderson teen had been staying inside the apartment where his family resided well after the slayings of his mother and younger brother took place there.

In a warrant declaration released Tuesday, Henderson police described the evidence linking Adrian Navarro-Canales, 16, to the slayings of his mother, Elvira Canales-Gomez, 40, and his brother, Cesar Navarro, 9.

According to police, the bodies of the mother and her younger son were found inside a bathroom in the family's apartment when officers made entry into the unit during a welfare check on Sept. 20. Police said, in the declaration, the teen, who also lived there, was not inside when police arrived.

Police initially considered Adrian Navarro-Canales as a missing person shortly after the bodies were found.

In the declaration, Elvira Canales-Gomez' niece and boyfriend requested welfare checks on the apartment in the two days before her and Cesar Navarro's bodies were found. Elvira's boyfriend, as described in the warrant, visited the apartment at least twice after not receiving a response to calls and texts to her on the evening of Sept. 17. He received no answer at the door when he visited that night as well, the warrant stated.

Detectives noted in the declaration that the lights inside the apartment were off in the first visitation by the boyfriend and were on in the next visit the following afternoon. After receiving no response in that visit, the boyfriend, as the warrant states, called police for a welfare check, which resulted in no answer from the apartment and no entry into the unit.

The warrant also stated the family celebrated Adrian Navarro-Canales' birthday four days before the bodies were discovered. Citing a neighbor, the teen's mother, as described in the declaration, was seen picking up her nine-year-old son from school the afternoon of Sept. 17. At about this time, the warrant stated, was when Elvira Canales-Gomez last made contact with her boyfriend.

Citing Elvira Canales-Gomez' niece, police stated in the warrant that Cesar Navarro had not been in class in the four days before his body was found.

Police also state in the warrant a text from Adrian sent to his father in California on Sept. 18, telling him everyone was fine and couldn't talk because they were asleep.

In the declaration, police described finding the bodies of the mother and the boy each in work clothing and school attire, respectively. In addition, a coroner's findings stated each victim suffered stab wounds, with Adrian Navarro-Canales' mother stabbed multiple times. Police also said, in the declaration, the weapon appeared to be a kitchen knife consistent with a cutting block in the residence.

Authorities believed the two died in the afternoon of Sept. 17, which was about the time the mother last contacted her boyfriend.

Citing evidence at the scene, detectives stated in the declaration that Adrian had been living inside the apartment following his mother and brother's deaths and before their bodies were discovered. They also determined, as described in the report, that he left the unit with his key to the apartment, later returning after the bodies were discovered and police released the scene to relatives.

The declaration further cited family members describing the teen as anti-social and without friends in the area. A family member also told police, in the declaration, he had, at times, been violent toward his mother.

Police wrote in the declaration that Adrian had not been enrolled in school since last November.

As of Tuesday, police still have not located the teen or had contact with him since the bodies were found. Police urged anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact Henderson Police Department at 702-367-4750 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

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