(Bend, Oregon) - Oregon State Police and Bend Police Department assisted Lubbock, Texas police in the arrest Wednesday in Bend, Oregon of a murder suspect wanted in connection with the disappearance and murder of two women in 2006.
On September 23, 2009 at approximately 12 noon, detectives from the Oregon State Police and Bend Police Department arrested MICKEY WELDON PATTERSON, age 59, outside of the Bend-area residence located at 31 SE Benaiah Circle. Detectives established surveillance earlier this morning of the residence where PATTERSON has been living since moving from Texas. PATTERSON was taken into custody without incident as a Fugitive From Justice related to a State of Texas warrant for two counts of Murder in the First Degree.
Louetta Kay Harrelson, age unavailable, and Peggy Merimon, age 61, were missing from the Lubbock State School since August 9, 2006 where they worked. Harrelson's body was recovered northwest of Lubbock a few days after the women disappeared. Merimon's body has not been recovered.
Lubbock Police Department has some information and photographs regarding the investigation on their website at http://police.ci.lubbock.tx.us/MerrimonHarrellson.htm .
Questions should be directed to the Lubbock County District Attorney's Office at (806) 775-1100.
PATTERSON was lodged at the Deschutes County Jail pending an initial appearance and extradition proceedings back to Texas. Questions regarding future court appearances and extradition proceedings in Oregon should be directed to the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office at (541) 388-6520.
Anyone with information in Oregon regarding this case is asked to contact Oregon State Police Sergeant Mitch Meyer at (541) 388-6213 ext, 216.
Photo in front of Benaiah Circle residence after arrest - Oregon State Police
Patterson photograph - Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles