Arizona Fire Deaths Ruled Arson-Homicide


0  Updated at 10:19 am, February 2nd, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) — The death of a married couple in their torched home in an upscale Arizona community is being investigated as an arson-homicide after the bodies were found tied to a bedpost in the house’s master bedroom.

The motive is unclear and there are no suspects, police said Wednesday of the deaths in the Paradise Valley community in Scottsdale. The bodies were found Monday after police arrived at the still-burning house.

Although the bodies have yet to be officially identified, the family of Lawrence and Glenna Shapiro, the owners of the home, has posted messages on a website in their memory and a statement thanking the public for their sympathy and asking for privacy.

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Paradise Valley police said they are waiting for the Medical Examiner’s Office to identify the badly burned victims before releasing the names. They are working with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Secret Service on the case.

The deaths are the first murder cases to be handled by Paradise Valley Police Department since 2004.

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