Family of missing Peggy Merimon is hopeful after remains found - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/10/10

Family of missing Peggy Merimon is hopeful after human remains found

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Peggy Merimon's family say they are hopeful after part of a human skull was found near the Lubbock Landfill over the weekend.

The Lubbock County Medical Examiner's Office is working to try to identify the human remains.

Since August of 2006, Peggy Merimon's family has held dozens of searches to try to find their loved one and bring her home. Nearly four years ago, Peggy Merimon and Kay Erelong disappeared from the Lubbock State School, where they were both employed.

Harrelson's body was found 11 days later, just off of County Road 1300 at the intersection of County Road 6000.

On Saturday, a man came across a human skull in north Lubbock County. The Sheriff's Office was called near the intersection of North Frankford and County Road 5200, southwest of Abernathy near the Lubbock Landfill. This is about 12 miles from where Harrelson's body was found.

This is an area the Merimon family tells KCBD NewsChannel 11 they have searched at least four or five times.

Eight months ago, Mickey Patterson, who also worked at the Lubbock State School was arrested and charged with both women's murders.

His trial is expected to start next month, and because of that, Merimon's family has decided not to do any on-camera interviews, until they know for sure if the remains are Peggy's.

Peggy's brother-in-law, Mike Bowles, tells us by phone that their feelings right now are bittersweet.

He says they hope this is Peggy, so the family can get some closure, but it would still be a sad time. He says that on Monday, Peggy's dental records were requested by the Medical Examiner's Office.

If it yields a positive match the answer could come within days.

DNA would be the next step to identify the bones.

A sample would be sent to the DPS Crime Lab in Lubbock, and at a minimum it would take several weeks to complete.

The Lubbock County Sheriff's Office says the remains could also belong to another missing Lubbock woman.

26-year-old Jennifer Wilkerson disappeared on July 13th, 2004. She was last seen leaving her boyfriend's house that morning. Detectives have followed hundreds of leads, but still have not found her body.

Authorities are hopeful the remains will close one of these ongoing missing persons cases, but there is always the possibility that they won't match either woman.

KCBD NewsChannel 11 is continuing to follow this story and will bring you the latest as it becomes available.

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