Thursday, September 18, 2014 04:06 PM
As the investigation into the death of 56 year-old Mary Romano continues, our homicide investigators have identified two suspect involved in the murder. You may recall, Romano was discovered by one of her daughters’ lying dead on the living floor of her Terry Parkway home on September 10, 2014.
During the course of their investigation, Detectives Donald Zanotelli and Rhonda Goff located home video surveillance from numerous residences adjacent to the victim’s home. One of the video’s depicted an unknown female with an unknown male walking east on Terry Parkway towards Romano’s residence. Both subjects stopped briefly behind a parked vehicle and continued walking towards Romano’s driveway. The second video depicted two unknown subjects in Romano’s backyard near the rear door. In another video, investigators were able to identify the two individuals seen in the videos. They are, Misty Eiermann, W/F, 34, of 674 South Niagara Circle in Terrytown (Eiermann is the biological daughter of the decedent, Mary Romano) and her boyfriend, Bryan Anthony Schwartz, W/M, 26, of 674 South Niagara Circle in Terrytown. Investigators also determined that Misty Eiermann and her mother had a documented violent past history. Upon learning the identity of Eiermann and Schwartz investigators questioned them regarding the death of Mary Romano. Both would provide conflicting statements to detectives as to their whereabouts during the time of the homicide.
Investigators returned to the residence of Eiermann and Schwartz in hopes of locating them, as well as to execute a search warrant at the 674 S. Niagara Circle Terrytown apartment. Both Eiermann and Schwartz could not be found. The search resulted in the seizure of various narcotics (Xanax and Morphine), a semiautomatic handgun and numerous coins. Based on the items seized, investigators obtained arrest warrants for Misty Eiermann and Bryan Schwartz for possession with intent to distribute illegal narcotics, possession with intent to distribute illegal narcotics and possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance. A warrant was also issued for Bryan Schwartz for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Continued attempts to locate and arrest Eiermann and Schwartz were unsuccessful. However, on September 12, 2014, investigators learned that Eiermann and Schwartz packed up all of their belongings and fled the area. Investigators sought the assistance of the Gulf Coast Regional U.S. Marshall’s Office Task Force in helping locate Eiermann and Schwartz. On September 16, 2014, investigators learned from the U.S. Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force, Richmond VA that Eiermann and Schwartz were taken into custody at a train station in Richmond.
Soon thereafter, Detectives Rhonda Goff and Travis Eserman traveled to Richmond Virginia for the purpose of interviewing both suspects. Eiermann admitted to going to her mother’s residence on the night of September 09, 2014 with her boyfriend Schwartz. Eiermann told investigators an altercation ensued between she and her mother at which time she began striking her mother repeatedly in the head with a flashlight. Eiermann went on to state she and Schwartz fled the residence in her mother’s vehicle. When questioned regarding the items seized from her Niagara Circle apartment, Eiermann admitted the narcotics and coins were taken from her mother’s residence during the incident. Schwartz admitted that he and Eiermann went to her mother’s residence, however he claimed he remained outside as Eiermann entered the residence. Schwartz stated a short time later Eiermann exited the residence covered with blood. Schwartz told investigators he looked into the residence and observed the victim to appear to be deceased. Schwartz couldn’t recall how he and Eiermann left the scene due to consuming illegal narcotics prior to the incident. On September 17, 2014, Detective Zanotelli authored arrest warrants for Misty Eiermann and Bryan Anthony Schwartz, charging them both with Second Degree Murder.
Efforts are underway to have both suspects extradited back to Jefferson Parish.
Colonel John N. Fortunato,Commander,Public Information OfficeJefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office1233 Westbank ExpresswayHarvey, LA 70058504-363-5521 Office