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Medical Examiner: PV fire victims are the Shapiros

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(Source: Linda Herold) Glenna and Lawrence Shapiro (Source: Linda Herold) Glenna and Lawrence Shapiro

The two bodies found in a burning Paradise Valley home Monday are prominent philanthropists Dr. Lawrence Shapiro, 79. and his wife, Glenna, 78, the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed.

Police are ruling the case a homicide.

Paradise Valley Police Chief John Bennett said the bodies were bound and burned beyond recognition. Positive identification was made Thursday through dental records.

"Both victims were found in the master bedroom and had been bound," Bennett told the media at a news conference Wednesday. "It appears the fire was started in two areas of the home, including the master bedroom." A second fire was started in a bedroom on the other side of the house.

Paradise Valley police were sent to the home about 10:40 a.m. Monday after Phoenix police found a burning vehicle in north Phoenix and matched the registration with the home.

When an officer arrived at the home, she saw smoke coming from inside. The fire, which police said started in multiple spots in their bedroom, was put out. Their bodies were found in the master bedroom, police said. Investigators determined it was an arson, according to police.

"We engage the U.S. Marshals Service, we engage the U.S. Secret Service, we engage the FBI," Bennett said, describing some of the federal agencies which will lend their resources to help solve the crime.

Police said they have not determined a motive and there are no suspects at this time.

"We still have to determine what, if anything, is missing from the home," Bennett said. "Obviously, the car was taken."

A $5,000 reward has been set up by Silent Witness for any information leading to an arrest in this crime.

It is the first homicide in Paradise Valley since 2004.

"People in Paradise Valley, I hope, understand it can happen even to them," Bennett said.

Stay with and CBS-5 for the latest on this developing story.


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