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The Unsolved: Laurie Merritt's case gets fresh eyes

New investigators looking into "difficult" case.

Stacy Lange

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Published: 2:58 PM EST November 21, 2022
Updated: 3:18 PM EST November 21, 2022

Investigators from Luzerne County say a widely publicized case from 2014 is anything but cold. But unfortunately, it's not any more clear.

Police are taking a fresh look at the death of Laurie Merritt, who died in a fire that was ruled arson.

Laurie Merritt was a well-known and well-liked postal worker in Wilkes-Barre, where she also lived.

Merritt was found dead in the attic of her home on Wyoming Street in Wilkes-Barre following a fire on April 15, 2014.

"Every tax day that's coming again, it reminds all of us that we haven't solved what happened to Laurie Merritt," said Luzerne County District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce. 

Sanguedolce told Action 16 Investigates that Merritt's death was at first considered an accident, but that was before a fire marshal determined the fire in the attic was arson.

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