Photo captures burned car of murdered PV couple

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by Marie Saavedra

azfamily.com

Posted on February 2, 2012 at 6:23 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 2 at 7:02 AM

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. -- A true murder mystery unfolded in a Paradise Valley home and police are asking for patience.

"This is going to be a prolonged, complex investigation and it's going to take probably quite a bit of time," said Chief John Bennett of the Paradise Valley Police Department.

They're searching for an arsonist and a killer who bound Glenna and Lawrence Shapiro, set them on fire and left them for dead. Today we learned he fire was set in two bedrooms on opposite sides of their home.

"The crime scene investigation revealed both victims were found on the master bedroom and had been bound. It appears the fire was started in two areas of the home, including the master bedroom," Bennett said.

Beyond that, investigators aren't sharing many details. Their focus is the home and a strip mall in north central Phoenix, where firefighters found the burning car that belonged to the Shapiros.

"Actually the other owner gave me call he thought that the Dollar Tree was on fire, but we found out once the fire trucks got here that it was a nice black convertible that was torched," said Dallas Miller, who works at a business around the corner from where someone dumped the Shapiro's car.

"It looked pretty bad, it didn't explode or anything but it was burnt out," he said.

Police say they don't have suspects or a motive, and won't say if the killer took any thing else from the couple. There's no clear sign if the horror they endured was a targeted attack or a random crime.

While the Shapiros' children have confirmed that it is their parents who died, police have not formally announced their identities. They're expected to do that and share the preliminary findings of the autopsy in the coming days.

The family has set up a blog in honor of Glenna and Lawrence Shapiro where there are all sorts of wonderful pictures and memories posted along with information on the family foundation.

Silent Witness is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case. If you know anything about what happened to the Shapiros, call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (948-6377), 1-800-343-TIPS (8477) or 480-TESTIGO (837-8446).

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