LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The son of Peggy Merimon says finding her remains opened up old wounds and made the whole situation very real again. The past few Mother's Days have been tough for Sven Appleton after his mother went missing nearly four years ago, but he says this year was especially hard. Just before the day dedicated to moms, a man on an ATV found a human skull in a field in North Lubbock County.
That night Appleton learned police thought they may have found the remains of his mother. "The timing of the whole situation, finding out Saturday night and then Sunday being Mother's Day was kind of rough," he said.
Appleton didn't sleep at all that night. He stayed up wondering if after all this time and the hours and hours of searching could it really be her? "There's a part of you that you don't want it to be, and then the other part you want it to kind of come to an end," he said.
On Wednesday he learned what he already knew in his gut. The Medical Examiner matched the remains with his mother's dental records. "We are certain it is Peggy Merimon," said Lubbock County Medical Examiner Sridhar Natarajan.
While it does bring some closure, Appleton says his family's ordeal is far from over, "Changed gears if you will and went from thinking about where she was at to why. Why did this happen?"
The next step for the Merimon family is the trial of Mickey Patterson. Police arrested him for the murders of both Merimon and her co-worker Kay Harrelson. The trial for Harrelson's murder was scheduled for June 1st, but the discovery of this new evidence postponed it.
Merimon's family hopes that trial will give them what they've spent so long searching for. "I hope that we will find out some more answers, but I guess only time will tell," said Appleton.
The family has never held a funeral for Peggy Merimon. Appleton says they do plan to hold a service now that they've found the body, but they don't know when yet.
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