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Son pleads for public's help in parents' double murder

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The son of the elderly Phoenix couple found dead in their North Phoenix home on July 2 is asking for the public's help to find whoever is responsible.

Phoenix police say an 81-year-old William Singer and his 64-year-old wife Barbara died "violent" deaths in their west Phoenix home Wednesday. The medical examiner says the cause of death for both is "sharp force trauma to the neck."

The couple's son, William Singer Jr., and his wife Melissa flew into the valley from Indiana after Phoenix Police told them about the killings last week.

"There is just no reason for such a thing. They would have given anyone anything. So this doesn't make any sense," said Singer.

Singer described his father and stepmother as being madly in love, even after nearly 40 years of marriage. Though police do not have any named suspects, Singer says he knows whoever is responsible will face justice.

"What I believe is there are no circumstances where evil triumphs over good and however justice comes about good will always triumph over evil," said Singer.

During the initial investigation, Police Sgt. Steve Martos said investigators ruled out a murder/suicide after the bodies of William Singer and his unidentified wife were found in the home near 35th Avenue and Bell Road about 3 p.m. July 2.

"There was obvious trauma to both victims," Martos said. "It appears this was a violent encounter which resulted in both of their deaths."

Detectives said that based on trauma to the victims' bodies and other evidence, the case was being classified a double homicide.

Martos said police had no suspects.

Martos said the couple was last seen alive about a week before July 2.

Police were called to check on the welfare of the couple after a caretaker for one of the victims said there was no answer at the couple's door.

Officers found their bodies inside the house, Martos said.

The couple were married more than 30 years, but had no common children.

Martos said anyone with information that might lead to the suspects should call the Phoenix Police Department Homicide Unit or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (480-948-6377), or 480-TESTIGO (480-837-8446).

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