Remains identified as Peggy Merimon - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/12/10

Remains identified as Peggy Merimon

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Four years after she disappeared, Peggy Merimon's body has finally been found.

On Saturday, a man on an ATV found her remains in north Lubbock County on Saturday. Investigators have been searching the area for more evidence, but they have more than enough to say with certainty that the bones they found belong to Peggy Merimon.

When Peggy Merimon and Kay Harrelson disappeared from the Lubbock State School in 2006, searchers found Harrelson's body 11 days later, but they spent months looking for Merimon.

Harrelson's body was found about 12 miles from the area where Merimon's remains were found. Searchers say they had been near the area before. "Closer to the roadways were searched during those initial searches, and we're looking at an area that's probably beyond where the initial searches were at," says Chief Deputy Cody Scott with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators told KCBD NewsChannel 11 that they did find other evidence at the scene that led them to believe the remains belonged to Merimon on Saturday, but they would not tell us what that evidence is.

On Wednesday, the Medical Examiner confirmed what many already suspected. Merimon's dental records matched those of the remains found.

While this answer's a lot of questions in the investigation, it is far from over.

"I want to emphasize this is an ongoing investigation. It has never been closed or really been in an inactive status," says Captain Greg Stevens with the Lubbock Police Department.

The Medical Examiner has not determined a cause of death, but says he hopes he will be able to with more testing.

In September, police arrested Mickey Patterson, one of Harrelson and Merimon's co-workers, for both murders even though they only had one body at the time.

This new information will obviously chance that case.

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