View Full Version : GUILTY AZ - Kelly Lynn Cooper, 16, & Ermelinda Iannuzzi, 14, Mesa, August 1984

04-05-2006, 03:19 PM
Kelly, 16, and her friend Ermelinda "Ermie," 14, were last seen leaving Ermie's home in Mesa, Arizona on August 24, 1984, to go to a party. Ermie's mother reported them missing two days later. The day after that, their bodies were found in a remote area off Beeline Highway, north of Mesa. They had been dead between one and two days. One body was nude and the other partially nude. Both Kelly and Ermie had been suffocated. Police also believe they were sexually molested but could not prove that due to the decomposition of their remains.

07-10-2011, 12:18 AM

Mother fights for justice 22 years after daughter's murder

With an arrest 22 years after daughter, friend were killed, she vows to fight for justice

Jim Walsh
The Arizona Republic
Aug. 31, 2006 12:00 AM

Merila was arraigned on two counts of first-degree murder Wednesday in the death of Kelly and her friend Ermelinda Iannuzzi, 14. He was arrested in the double homicide last week in San Diego.

Posted: Wednesday, August 9, 2006 11:00 pm | Updated: 10:44 am, Wed Mar 10, 2010

On Tuesday, a Maricopa County grand jury indicted 41-year-old Mark Stephen Merila, also known as Scott Junior Merila, on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Cooper and Ermalinda Ianuzzi, 14, both of Mesa.

Posted: Friday, December 5, 2008 12:00 am | Updated: 1:48 pm, Wed Mar 10, 2010.

Mark Stephen Merila, 44, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of kidnapping for the 1984 murders of Kelly Cooper, 16, and Ermelinda Iannuzzi, 14. Merila was sentenced to two lifetimes in prison