Nevada teen named suspect in mom, brother slayings

Ken Ritter, Associated Press
Associated Press
Nevada teen named suspect in mom, brother slayings

This undated photo provided by the Henderson Police Department shows Adrian Navarro, 16, a southern Nevada teenager who has been missing since his mother and younger brother were found dead in their apartment on Friday, Sept. 20. (AP Photo/Henderson Police Department)

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) -- A Las Vegas-area teenager who had been sought as a missing person since his mother and 9-year-old brother were found stabbed to death last week was named Monday as the prime suspect in the killings.

Adrian Navarro-Canales, 16, was named as an adult in a warrant accusing him of killing his mother, Elvira Canales-Gomez, 40, and brother, Cesar Navarro, Henderson police spokesman Keith Paul said.

Navarro-Canales had been sought as a possible victim since the bodies were found Friday in an apartment where he lived with the two victims.

The Clark County coroner determined Canales-Gomez and Cesar Navarro both died of stab wounds to the chest.

Police were called to check the address because Canales-Gomez didn't make it to her job Wednesday as a chef at the Venetian resort and the younger boy hadn't been at school.

Police earlier said Adrian Navarro-Canales wasn't a suspect, but Paul said new information emerged during the investigation.

The police spokesman declined to specify a motive or say where police think Navarro-Canales went after the slayings.

"Detectives do not want to release any information that would hamper the capture," Paul said.

Paul said investigators think Navarro-Canales acted alone.

The teen's father, Adrian Navarro, lives in California. He issued a weekend plea in Henderson for his son to contact family members.