NewsChannel 11 has a first look at the police search for Peggy Merimon. Thursday afternoon, investigators mounted up on horse back to search for clues in northwest Lubbock County. That's the area where Kay Harrelson's body was found Sunday. Both Harrelson and Merimon disappeared from the Lubbock State School August 9th.
Searchers hit the dirt roads north of Shallowater Thursday afternoon, looking in the fields and bar ditches. They concentrated on an area north of U.S. 84, and west of F.M. 179. Members of the Lubbock Police Department's Mounted Patrol Division, and members of the Lubbock County Sheriff's Department made up the search party.
Investigators began a generalized search on Tuesday. They're fanning out from the area where volunteer searchers found the body of Kay Harrelson. We asked if Thursday's search area had some significance to the investigation, but police tell us it's just part of the ongoing search.
The Department of Public Safety also covered the area by helicopter Thursday afternoon, but investigators say the horses give them a better point of view. "They have a better vantage point than a helicopter, because if there is something down on the ground that you need to check out, you just hop off your horse, where as a helicopter you would have to land," said Captain Wayne Bullock with the Lubbock Police Department.
Bullock tells us he does not know how long the police search will last, but hopes they'll find something to assist in the investigation.
Meanwhile, volunteer searchers organized by the Merimon family continued their search Thursday. They tell us they won't give up until their mother is found. They've organized another search for Saturday. If you can help, call 535-3586. Monetary donations can be made to People's Bank and Security Bank.
We're also told that the newest member of the Merimon family came home Thursday afternoon. Peggy's daughter Natosha delivered a baby boy Wednesday.
Bittersweet Day For Merimon Family
While family members of Peggy Merimon have no new news in the search for their missing mother, Wednesday they did have reason to celebrate. NewsChannel 11's Ben Lawson explains.