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.