Family Holds Vigil For Missing Women - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/12/06

Family Holds Vigil For Missing Women

Saturday night marked almost four days since family members of two missing Lubbock women had seen or heard from their loved ones. 

61-year-old Peggy Merimon and 51-year-old Louetta Kay Harrelson were last seen at the Lubbock State School on Wednesday.  Witnesses say the women got into a car with an unidentified man, around lunch-time, and then never returned.

Saturday evening, family and friends held a prayer vigil to keep the spirit of hope alive.  "We all have a lot of faith that we're going to be able to bring her home," said Merimon's daughter-un-law Melissa Appleton.  Family of Peggy Merimon tell us they needed to do something, so they came together with friends, comforting each other with prayer, song, and love.  "Just kind of keeping hope alive," said Merimon's brother-in-law Gerald Billanueva. 

"The turnout is incredible. I'm so pleased with the turnout that we have here. It just moves me to know that people care and they're with us," said Merimon's son Sven Appleton.  Some could not fight back the tears as they held hands asking for the Lord's help.  "He's going to be the one who will give the detectives the wisdom to help bring my mother and Kay home," said Sven.

Lubbock police hope a sketch might help generate tips to crime line. The sketch is of the man the women were last seen with. He is described as a middle aged, white man with a gray beard. His car was a rusty gray or silver four door sedan.

Harrelson is 5-feet 7-inches tall, about 135 pounds.  She has blondish gray hair, and was last seen wearing a white blouse and blue jeans.

Merimon is 5-feet 6-inches tall, about 150 pounds, with dark hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a white collared shirt, with a pink bow and black pants.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.

8/11/06
Family Offers Reward For Missing Mother
A reward is now offered for the safe return of one of two Lubbock women missing since their lunch break on Wednesday.  Authorities have also released a sketch of the man 61-year-old Peggy Merimon and 51-year-old Louetta Kay Harrelson were last seen with when they left for lunch.  NewsChannel 11's Ben Lawson has the story.

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