Nevada Teen Sought in Murder of Mother, Brother

Adrian Navarro-Canales is on the run, police say

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Sep 24, 2013 6:41 PM CDT

(Newser) – Police are searching nationwide and at the Mexican border for a southern Nevada teenager accused of killing his mother and younger brother. Police in Henderson think the killings happened last Tuesday, but the bodies weren't discovered until Friday—the fourth time a relative and the mother's boyfriend called to say they were worried about whether Elvira Canales-Gomez, Adrian Navarro-Canales, and Cesar Navarro were OK. A police officer fetched a key from property managers and discovered the two bodies.

The mom was found dead on the bathroom floor with multiple stab wounds and a butcher knife in her chest. Cesar, 9, was found in the bathtub. He had been stabbed once. Adrian Navarro-Canales—who celebrated his 16th birthday Sept. 16 with his mother, brother, and mother's boyfriend at the apartment—was nowhere to be found. The teen was initially named by police as a possible victim, then identified as the prime suspect in the slayings. An arrest warrant said he would be prosecuted as an adult.

This undated photo released by police shows suspect Adrian Navarro-Canales, now 16.
This undated photo released by police shows suspect Adrian Navarro-Canales, now 16.   (HOPD)
This undated photo released by police shows suspect Adrian Navarro-Canales, now 16.
This undated photo released by police shows suspect Adrian Navarro-Canales, now 16.   (HOPD)
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