TERRYTOWN, LA (WVUE) - Two suspects have been identified in the death of a 56-year-old Terrytown woman who was found dead in her home.
Arrest warrants have been issued for the woman's daughter, Misty Eiermann, 34; and Eiermann's boyfriend, Bryan Anthony Schwartz, 26. Both live on South Niagara Circle in Terrytown.
The victim, Mary Ann Romano, was found bludgeoned to death in the living room of her Terry Parkway home on Sept. 10. Investigators said video surveillance from several nearby houses showed Eiermann and Schwartz walking toward the victim's home that day and into her backyard. When interviewed by detectives, the couple gave conflicting statements about where they were when Romano was killed, according to a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office news release.
Investigators said a search warrant executed at the couple's home turned up Xanax, morphine, a semiautomatic handgun and several coins taken from Romano. The couple, however, could not be found. Based on the items seized, investigators obtained arrest warrants for both for possession with intent to distribute narcotics and possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance. An additional warrant was issued for Schwartz for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
On Sept. 12, investigators learned that the couple had fled Louisiana. U.S. Marshalls located them at a train station in Richmond, Va., and took them into custody.
Jefferson Parish detectives traveled to Richmond to interview the suspects. They said Eiermann, who had a violent past with her mother, admitted to going into her mother's home, fighting with her and beating her in the head with a flashlight.
Eiermann said she and Schwartz then fled in her mother's SUV. Detectives said Eiermann also admitted to stealing her mother's narcotics and coins.
Detectives said Schwartz admitted that he and Eiermann went to her mother's home, but he said he stayed outside. He said Eiermann emerged from the home covered in blood, but he couldn't remember how they left because he was high at the time.
Arrest warrants were issued for both charging them with second-degree murder.
Efforts are underway to have the couple extradited to Jefferson Parish.