LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Mickey Patterson went before an Oregon judge and waived extradition. The 59 -year-old was arrested Wednesday. Last week, a Lubbock Grand Jury indicted him on two counts of murder in the deaths of Kay Harrelson and Peggy Merimon. Plans are underway to bring Mickey Patterson back to Lubbock. Patterson remains in the Deschutes County Jail on two $5-million bonds.
The Lubbock County Sheriff's office contracted with a jail transport company and says Patterson should be in the Lubbock County Jail sometime next week. Wednesday's arrests bring back memories for families who spent countless hours searching for both women in the days and months following their August 9th, 2006 disappearance.
"Chris and I are in uncharted waters and feel lost and helpless. We continue to do everything police ask us to do and everything we know to do," said Danny Harrelson six days after his wife Kay disappeared. "We don't have much means but we do want to offer a $25,000 reward for Kay's safe return and a conviction of a person or persons involved in her disappearance," added an emotional Harrelson.
Lubbock Police spearheaded the search for the two women. "That's what makes this so different and unique is that both ladies disappeared at the same time," said then LPD Sgt. Scott Hudgens.
Friends, family and police spent hours searching by foot, ATV and horseback. Thousands of dollars in rewards were offered, but still no answers. Kay Harrelson's body was found southwest of Shallowater 11 days after she and Peggy Merimon disappeared from the Lubbock State School.
Co-workers prayed for the best. "Kay is very quiet, and I didn't know here quite as well, but Peggy is very outgoing, very gregarious, just a really nice person," said Janice Robinson adding that everybody was very concerned for both Kay and Peggy. "There is a lot of worry going through our facility," said Lubbock State School Superintendent Nancy Condon. "Hoping for the best and praying that they come home and get to go back to their families," added Nancy.
In August of 2008, Geral Merimon said not a day goes by that he doesn't think of his wife Peggy. Considered legally blind, Merimon spent countless hours canvassing brush searching for his wife. "We know in the back of our mind that she's not coming back but we'd like to find her. It would give us peace and so we can bury her," adds Merimon. To this day, she is still missing.
The echoes from three years ago became a little louder Wednesday after Mickey Patterson was indicted and arrested for the murders of both Merimon and Harrelson.
Until both sides step into the courtroom it won't be entirely clear all the pieces that fell into place that led to Wednesday's arrest, an arrest investigators now say is a step in the right direction.
"It's literally a relief. To some point you have a ways to go before the end of the trial but it's good to know that you've got a guy you believe committed it and is where he belongs behind bars but he's innocent until proven guilty," says Chief Deputy Cody Scott with the Lubbock Sheriff's Office.
Patterson waives extradition, will return to Lubbock Mickey Patterson waived extradition in Oregon and will return to Lubbock within the next ten days. NewsChannel 11's
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