LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Mickey Patterson, 59, was arrested in Oregon last week. Patterson remains in an Oregon jail on a $10-million bond awaiting extradition back to Lubbock.
Earlier this month a Lubbock County grand jury indicted him on two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Kay Harrelson and Peggy Merimon. The three worked together at the Lubbock State School.
In August of 2006, Harrelson's body was found near Shallowater, but Merimon's remains missing.
It's been more than three years since Gearl Merimon last saw his wife.
But last week's arrest has Merimon thinking he is one day closer to getting some answers about where Peggy might be.
"It seems like it was just yesterday that it happened, it never goes away and she is always on my mind constantly," said Merimon.
Not a day goes by that Merimon doesn't wonder what happened to his wife Peggy.
"They didn't want me to be alone, so they got me a dog to have some sort of companion, so he's become my best buddy," says Merimon.
But he is certain that Mickey Patterson knows exactly what happened to his wife of more than 20 years. "There is not a doubt in my mind, that's it's him 100 percent," explained Merimon.
Merimon says Peggy worked with Patterson for five years at the Lubbock State School, and always offered to help him when he was down on his luck. "The guy was able to fool a lot of people for years and Peggy was the kind of person she thought maybe she could read people pretty good because of her profession, but you just can't know everybody," said Merimon.
Kay Harrelson also worked at the state school before she and Peggy disappeared, her body was found 11 days later near Shallowater. But the search for Peggy continues.
Last week Patterson was arrested in Bend, Oregon for the murders of both women.
And while Merimon no longer believes his wife is alive, he hopes Patterson will now take responsibility. "He needs to come forward and tell the truth, let us know where Peggy is. That's the most important thing to me and to the family," said Merimon.
They would like to lay Peggy to rest, and then the healing process can begin.
"I think I'll forgive him for what he's done because I'm just not a mean person but it's something that justice will take its course," said Merimon.
The Lubbock County Sheriff's Office tells us, Patterson is expected to return to Lubbock later this week.
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We have reaction from a family member after the news of Mickey Patterson's arrest. An arrest that they believe will put them one step closer to finding Peggy Merimon. NewsChannel 11's Katie Bauer has the story.