Murdered woman's Fitbit data offers vital clue leading to arrest of her 90-year-old stepfather who allegedly slit her neck
90-year-old Anthony Aiello from San Jose was arrested on Tuesday as a suspect in the killing of his 67-year-old step-daughter Karen Navarra
A 90-year-old man from San Jose was arrested on Tuesday as a suspect in the killing of his 67-year-old step-daughter. The murder which took place on September 13 was reportedly discovered when police went to check on a woman who had visible injuries and was unresponsive in the 1000 block of Terra Noble Way.
The woman, named Karen Navarra, was pronounced dead when police arrived in the area at 5:17 p.m. Navarra's body was found dumped on the kitchen table, and police could spot wounds around her neck. However, the kitchen knife which was carefully placed in Navarra's hand led the police to believe that it was a staged crime scene depicting a staged suicide.
Anthony Aiello, 90, was identified as the suspect and arrested on Tuesday in San Jose by the San Jose Police Department’s Covert Response Unit. Aiello was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail without bail on suspicion of murder.
Since the crime scene indicated towards a staged murder, a concerned neighbor, Jarod Middleton, stated, "She had to know who it was because she was a very private person."
Investigators are also looking into the victim's Fitbit device in order to trace her heartbeat, and according to the device's reading Navarra's heart rate had spiked on the afternoon of her death, just at the time when Aiello had shown up at her doorstep.
Officer Gina Tepoorten told the Post that Nevarra’s death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy found she died from blunt force trauma. "Detectives are continuing to look into the motive surrounding this homicide."
In his statement, Aiello had told San Jose police that he had dropped by his stepdaughter's home on Saturday, September 8, to get her pizza. However, he further stated that he saw his stepdaughter drive by with someone on the passenger seat, a few hours later when he was at his own home. Contrary to what Aiello had stated, the police refuted his statement since it did not match with surveillance footage.