Death of Paradise Valley resident now considered homicide

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by The Associated Press and azfamily.com

Video reports by Jaime Cerreta and Jason Volentine

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Updated Thursday, May 1 at 6:32 PM

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PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. -- Investigators now say the death of a person in an exclusive private gated community is a homicide.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Paradise Valley Police Department received a 911 call from a personal assistant at the home in the 5400 block of E. Lincoln Drive. The personal assistant had arrived at the residence and believed the victim was deceased.

Paradise Valley Police Officers and the Phoenix Fire Department were dispatched, and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Paradise Valley Police Department is classifying this as a homicide investigation.

Detectives executed a search warrant and processed the crime scene early Wednesday morning.

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office also responded and is assisting with this investigation.

The Medical Examiner’s Office has the victim and will be conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

3TV has learned the name of the victim through assessor records and neighbors but has been asked by police to withhold it until the family is notified.

Neighbors said the victim was a developer of some kind and used to split time between Paradise Valley and the Los Angeles area, but he recently began living in Arizona full time.

They also said he was a private man and they never noticed any problems at the home.

Police have not released any suspect information but neighbors say the security guard keeps license plate records for all of the cars that enter the community.

"Our detectives are actively investigating all the leads in this but we're not releasing those case details at this point," Paradise Valley Police Lt. Michael Cole said.

Cole said the town of Paradise Valley has seen few homicides in the past decade.

"About two years ago, we had the Shapiro homicide. Prior to that, it was about eight years," he said. "When a violent crime like this happens, it just shakes the community and especially so becuase we have such a low violent crime rate."

Anyone with information regarding this case should call the Paradise Valley Police Department Crime Stopper number at 480-948-7410.

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Paradise Valley resident's death called suspicious

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities investigating a suspicious death in a Paradise Valley say the dead person lived at the home.

According to police, a caretaker arrived at the luxury house near 54th Street and Lincoln Drive and called authorities after finding the body about 4:40 p.m. Tuesday.

Lt. Michael Cole says the person was pronounced dead at the scene and the case is being treated as a suspicious death.

"We are treating this as a suspicious death," said Lt. Cole. "We will release further details as they become available."

The name of the person found dead hasn't been released and police won't comment yet on the manner of death.

Police were in the process of obtaining a search warrant for the home on Tuesday night.

"The officers will be securing the scene to make sure nobody comes in or out, preserve any evidence that may be in the residence," explained Lt. Cole.

While this death has not yet been determined to be a homicide it is rare for such incidents in Paradise Valley.

"Our last homicide was about two years ago and before that it was about eight years prior to that so it's very unusual. We have a very low crime rate and unusual calls of this nature are certainly few and far between," said Lt. Cole.

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Police conducting death investigation at Paradise Valley home

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities are investigating the discovery of a dead body inside a Paradise Valley home.

Paradise Valley police say a caretaker arrived at the luxury house near 54th Street and Lincoln Drive and called authorities after finding the body about 4:40 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say the person was pronounced dead at the scene and the case is being treated as a suspicious death.

The name of the person found dead hasn't been released and police won't comment yet on the manner of death.

Detectives remain at the scene and police say it's an ongoing investigation.

They're in the process of obtaining a search warrant for the home.

Video from Chopper 3 shows police cars parked outside the home with police tape blocking off the driveway.

Police say cases like this don't come often in Paradise Valley. "Our last homicide was about two years ago," says Lt. Mike Cole of the Paradise Valley Police Department. "And before that it was about eight years prior to that. So it's very unusual. We have a very low crime rate. And unusual calls of this nature are few and far in between."

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