Rumor Mill: Suspect Arrested in Murders of Paradise Valley Couple Found Bound in Burning Home

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The murders of Glenna and Lawrence Shapiro are the first murders in Paradise Valley since 2004.
Authorities have reportedly made an arrest in the murders of a Paradise Valley couple found bound in their burning home earlier this week.

The Paradise Valley Police Department did not immediately return our call for confirmation, and authorities have refused to confirm the rumor to other publications, but KPHO is reporting that Paradise Valley Vice-Mayor Mary Hamway says an arrest has been made in the murders of Lawrence and Glenna Shapiro.

Hamway was told of the arrest at about 11 a.m. today. The local TV news station provided no other information.

The couple was found dead in their home near 40th Street and Camelback Road on Monday morning. When police got to the Shapiro's house, it was on fire.

This is where the story gets even more bizarre: the only reason police went to the Shapiro's home is because they found a car registered to the Shapiros on fire near 7th Street and Union Hills Drive. After finding the car, Paradise Valley police went to the couple's home -- and that's when they discovered the house was on fire, and there were two bodies inside.

Authorities have not yet released the cause of death.

"We are working with the investigators to help facilitate a thorough investigation to apprehend and bring to justice those who were responsible," family members posted on a website yesterday.

Lawrence Shapiro, 79, a former gastroenterologist, co-founded the Phoenix-based Health Services Advisory Group.

The couple supports several local charities and civic organizations including the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona and the Phoenix Symphony.

The deaths of the Shapiro's are the first murders in Paradise Valley since 2004.

Check back for updates.

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16 comments
Mistalee
Mistalee

So headline notwithstanding, they did not find a murder suspect bound in a burning home.

Imagine my disappointment.

Gusto
Gusto

Well we now know for sure that MCSO monitors these kinds of stories. I went to the MCSO website earlier and there were mugshots for homicide arrests for 2/2/12 - just went there again and ALL the homicide arrest mugshots were gone.

Good catch, Kay!

Kay
Kay

Actually, 5 & 15 both confirm suspects (plural) booked on 2/2.  Go to MCSO mughsots / homicide and you will find that a man and woman with the same last name were booked on 2/2 for murder 1st during crime and burglary.  Wanna bet it's them?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

It's just a matter of time until the Flaccid Fool of MCSO figures out a way to get some media attention out of this tragedy.

Kay
Kay

Yah...I think they just expired...MCSO only keeps them up for 72 hours after booking.  More concerning to me is that I responded to "Oink" earlier with links to external mugshots for these 2 idiots and 5 minutes later the post was gone....hmmm.

Popzit
Popzit

It's not them.  I thought the same thing, but if you google their names, they are attached to a different crime.

Oink
Oink

They're gone. What were the names? c'mon, you want o tell us

Jwphx
Jwphx

Luckily, it appears PVPD has kept MCSO away from this for the most part and has intelligently brought in Phoenix PD to assist.   In normal parts of the world, local PD's usually rely on their County Sheriff's Office for assistance when needed (Like Coronado, CA PD did with the high profile death this past summer).  This speaks volumes to the reputation that MCSO has with the local PD's.

Gusto
Gusto

Interesting on that account as well. Sometimes PDs will ask newspapers to do that because it could infringe upon a very active investigation and also could endanger innocent people connected to the victims.

Kay
Kay

Oooh...you are so right!  I googled them with full names yesterday and came up with nothing but mughsots.  I didn't find the articles you're referring to until I removed the middles...good call!  My suspicion was furthered yesterday by the fact that they hadn't yet made either the Maricopa docket or AZ Supreme Court Portal...good thing I didn't actually bet anyone.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

 sounds more likely that you did it.. just saying.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

 Maybe out here. Back east it was more local PD doing most of the work. Sheriffs just transported and jailed prisoners .. something that MCSO can't figure out how to do.. let alone solve crimes...

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