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Peggy Merimon's husband speaks out after body is identified

By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Peggy Merimon's husband speaks out after the remains of his wife of more than 20 years are identified.

There wasn't a day that went by, Gearl Merimon didn't wonder what happened to his wife. Peggy's been missing for nearly 4 years, but now he'll go to sleep knowing she is home.

August 9, 2006, Peggy Merimon and Kay Harrelson go missing, both worked at the Lubbock State School. 11 days later Harrelson's body was found, but Peggy's husband Gearl Merimon never gave up.

"I just didn't want to have to leave her out there and have her waste away and that's why I worked so hard and searched for over 3 years and when I decided it was time for me to give it up, she was found," said Merimon.

On Saturday, nearly 4 years later, human remains were discovered , just about 12 miles from where Harrelson was left, and on Wednesday Merimon got the call, one he dreaded and hoped for.

"It kind of hits you in the heart," said Merimon.

Peggy was found near County Road 5200 and Frankford Avenue, a place the family searched nearby for years.

"If we would have just searched a little bit farther back, we probably would have found her, and we just missed her," said Merimon.

The man that was arrested and charged with both women's murders is Mickey Patterson, a fellow employee of the state school. A man Merimon says he has no doubt, took his wife's last breath.

"We knew it was him, too many things, but just as soon as his name was mentioned from the get go, I had a gut feeling it was him," said Merimon.

And now that Peggy's gone it's the little things her husband says he will miss the most.

"Just her laughter was the most wonderful thing, she had a wonderful laugh," said Merimon.

But for Merimon, it's a step towards closure as he will finally be able to put his beloved wife to rest.

"I mean I don't have to worry about it for the rest of my life where she is at, now I know where she is," said Merimon.

Peggy Merimon leaves behind a huge family that misses her dearly, 7 children and 25 grandchildren. The family says they are looking forward to giving her the proper memorial service and funeral she deserves.

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