WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) The latest efforts by a Luzerne County family to get justice for a lost loved one. 51-year-old Laurie Merritt from Wilkes-Barre was killed in an arson four years ago.. But some of her family members insist that investigators are not doing enough to find her killer. Lead I-Team Reporter Andy Mehalshick has more on the big billboard that family members put up looking for answers.
It is hard to miss, a large billboard on the North Cross Valley Expressway.
It is located between the Kingston and Luzerne exits. The message doesn’t mince words…..”Why no Arrests? Why no investigation.”District Attorney and Wilkes-Barre Police, You did not do your job!” There is also a $10,000 Dollar reward being offered for information leading to an arrest and gives a phone number to call if anyone has information about the case.
Merritt died from carbon monoxide poisoning when someone torched her Wyoming Street Home..
.Since that time her family and friends have tried to keep a spotlight on the case. By holding awareness walks
Ann Sobeski was a close friend of Merritt..The two worked for 22 years together at the Wilkes-Barre Post Office.. She is hopeful this billboard will prompt someone with information to come forward..
“Somebody out there knows something and I hope that does bring closure for the family and for us.”
John Minarak lives next to the Merritt family for 20 years. He thinks the billboard asks the questions, he says, many of his neighbors here are asking and it captures the essence of Merritt. “You couldn’t get a better picture of a woman. The expression on her face shows happiness.”
The District Attorney’s Office responded to the billboard…First Assistant D.A. Sam Sanquedolce said ‘We have been working this case very hard since day one. We appreciate that some members of the Merritt family understand that fact. We simply cannot arrest innocent people. We are committed to getting to the truth of what happened.”