WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/YOU) — This Saturday marks three years since a mail carrier from Luzerne County died in a fire that investigators say was intentionally set.

Investigators say they’re one step closer to figuring out what happened to Laurie Merritt.

The fire at Merritt’s Wyoming Street home in Wilkes-Barre was ruled arson, but no one has been charged.

The Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office first told our Eyewitness News I-Team last year that detectives are trying to access Laurie’s iPhone, but Apple was not cooperating with law enforcement.

Now investigators have purchased new equipment that will hopefully give them the ability to retrieve that information, overcoming what they call a tremendous hurdle in the case.

“That is what we’ve all been waiting for,” said Merritt’s friend Ann Ralston.  “I do believe there’s some type of information on that phone.  Hopefully it will be solved once that phone is opened!”

Merritt’s loved ones told Eyewitness News that nothing official is planned on the anniversary of Merritt’s death because of the Easter holiday.

But the family is asking people to release a purple balloon in her memory on Saturday at 6 p.m.