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

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