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GPD seeking more help to solve landlord murder


"Don't know why anyone would want to hurt that poor man. He was so nice," said Beatrice Sloane, neighbor.

It's been one year and six months since someone shot a landlord in his apartment complex.
Greenville Police are still investigating the case and they're asking for more help from the public.
64-year-old Michael Burgwardt was shot in summer place apartments.
Police think someone there knows more than they're letting on.

Burgwardt's family is now offering a reward in the hopes that someone will come forward and help break this case open.

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – It's been a year since someone killed a landlord at a Greenville apartment complex.

Still, police haven't made an arrest. November 19th marks the anniversary of 64-year-old Michael Burgwardt's death.

He died from a shotgun blast to the head sometime after 9:30pm in 2011, but little else has been revealed about his death.

"In any kind of homicide case you walk a thin line between releasing too much information and keeping too much information because certainly there are only a few people who know all the facts," said Sgt. Joe Friday, with the Greenville Police Department.

Burgwardt didn't live at 3212 Summer Place Drive. He was the property owner and used one of the apartments as an office. One of his tenants, Beatrice Sloane, went to check on him the morning of the 20th after she noticed the trunk of his car was open all night.

"The door was already cracked and I pushed the door open a little bit and I stepped up and I peaked around the corner and that's when I saw his legs and I immediately called 9-1-1," Sloane said in 2011.

At the time, neighbors said the strangest part of it all was that no one heard or saw a thing.  

"I don't understand why anyone would want to hurt that poor man, he was so nice," said Sloane.

A year later 9 on your side went back to the neighborhood but no one would talk and investigators say they're having the same problem. Now, they're hoping money will talk.

Police say the Burgwardt family has contributed a significant reward for information that leads to an arrest.

"We're at a point where we come again to ask the community for some help," said Sgt. Friday.

Although they have developed leads and interviewed suspects, detectives say they don't have a solid case just yet.

"Quite often in investigating cases we'll find that suspects, over time when their outside relationships change with different people, then for whatever reason we'll get people coming forward to provide information so we're hoping some of that has occurred," Friday said.

But detectives know someone out there knows more than they're leading on.

Anyone with information should call Detective Scott Stanton with the Greenville PD Major Crimes Unit: (252) 329-4809 or Pitt-Greenville Crimestoppers (252) 758-7777.


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