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Woman’s Fitbit Helped Solve Her Murder

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SAN JOSE — Karen Navarra’s body was discovered by detectives on Sept. 13 inside her San Jose home after responding to a welfare check. Navarra, 67, was found slouched on a wooden chair, a knife in her hand and a gaping laceration in her neck. But when the coroner’s office ruled the cause of death as homicide, detectives turned to technology to make an arrest.

Police noted that it appeared to be a staged suicide scene.

Her stepfather, Anthony Aiello, 90, of San Jose, was arrested in connection with her murder after police used security camera video from neighbor’s homes and the victim’s Fitbit fitness tracker to determine when her heart stopped beating.According to information obtained from the Fitbit, Navarra experienced a marked spike in heart rate on Sept. 8 at about 3:20 p.m., followed by a drastic drop before stopping at 3:28 p.m.Video from neighboring homes showed small gray compact car similar to a Toyota Corolla parked in Navarra’s driveway on the same day from 3:12 p.m. until at least 3:33 p.m., according to the police report. By 3:35 p.m., the car was gone.Aiello was arrested Tuesday, October 2, and denied the killing. When confronted with the Fitbit evidence he reportedly repeated, “I’m done, I’m done.”SOURCE: The Mercury News, Photo Courtesy of San Jose Police Department