Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
William was last seen at his families home where an apparant "dispute" occured with his older brother Charles Curtis Merriman. William Merriman came to Charlevoix in June 2006 to handle the funeral of his mother and move the ailing father from an area nursing home into the family home on Phelps Road. But then William Merriman disappeared, and by September 2006, his family and friends had grown concerned and filed a missing person report with police.
During that time, authorities say Charles Merriman tried to get his name on financial accounts belonging to his father, and the father's guardian noted $25,000 in unauthorized credit card charges on the parents' account.
A search warrant led to William Merriman 's blood being discovered in his parents' home, where Charles Merriman, who was unemployed, had been living. Sections of carpet also were missing. Blood also was found on households items tracked to a landfill in Pinnconning, MI.
Charles was later convicted of William's murder and ordered to serve 20 to 40 years in prison. Williams' body has not been found.
Merriman, who lived alone, was reported missing in Ottawa County soon after his disappearance, then later reported missing in Charlevoix. He was a graphic artist, and for 10 years owned a silk-screen business. He had many friends and enjoyed being with family.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Charlevoix County Sheriff Department
Detective/Lt. Mike Wheat
Grand Rapids Press