Police release new information in Paradise Valley homicide

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. – Paradise Valley police detectives have released new information about the stabbing death of a 68-year-old man in the hopes that it will generate new leads in the investigation.

Michael Gilman was found stabbed to death at his home in a gated community near 54th Street and Lincoln Drive in April. An autopsy report revealed Gilman was stabbed approximately 50 times and died as a result of the inflicted wounds.

Detectives said the homicide occurred late in the evening of April 28. Gilman lived alone and a personal assistant called 911 after finding his body the next day.

Evidence shows there were at least two suspects who entered the home, according to police.

Detectives said the suspects stole the victim's vehicle after the homicide.

Video captured by speed enforcement cameras in Scottsdale showed Gilman's vehicle at Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard. A vehicle closely following the victim's vehicle is believed to contain the other suspect or suspects.

Gilman's vehicle was found fully engulfed in flames in the area of Mountain View Road and Via Linda about 20 minutes later.

Police have released photos of the two vehicles. They do not have any license plate information on the suspects' vehicle.

A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of the suspects. Call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS with any information about this case.

Statement from the family:

"We were shocked by the brutal murder of Michael in his home in Paradise Valley. Michael was both a father and friend, and he will be sorely missed by those that knew him. The past 6 months have been very difficult on the family. We have no answers as to why someone would commit such a heinous crime. We are grateful to the Paradise Valley Police Department for their efforts and we hope that by releasing this new information someone will come forward and we can get justice for Michael. Someone must have seen or knows something about this crime. We urge anyone with information regarding this crime to please step forward. Thank you."

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