Crews Gear Up For Second Merimon Search - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/25/06

Crews Gear Up For Second Merimon Search

Saturday morning, volunteers will begin another large scale search for Peggy Merimon.  Merimon was last seen August 9th with Kay Harrelson at the Lubbock State School.  Volunteer searchers discovered Harrelson's body this past Sunday in a bar ditch near Shallowater.

Friday night, the search party met with United Response Search and Rescue out of Dallas.   It's the same group that assisted in the searches for Joanna Rogers two years ago.  Joanna's mother Kathy is now helping in the search for Merimon.  She will be part of almost 30 teams assigned to different areas in and around Lubbock. Those groups will start their day at Buddy Holly Park.

Teams met with United Response Search and Rescue to organize Saturday's operation.  They asked that only those searching be part of the meeting.  Kathy has become very close with the United Response Search and Rescue team.  She tells us they invited her to take part in Saturday's search.

Kathy met the Merimon family for the first time Friday night.  While they've only known one another for a short time, they share a common experience.  Saturday, the Lubbock County Sheriff's Department begins their search for Joanna at the Lubbock landfill.  Kathy knows she cannot help there, so she is happy to help the Merimon's.

"The waiting is very traumatic, you know. To be able to help with the Merimon case is very therapeutic in a lot of ways," said Kathy.

Kathy tells us United Response has helped her family a lot, and she hopes they can do the same for the Merimon family.  Volunteers will meet Saturday at 8:00 a.m.  Crews are setting up a command center at Buddy Holly Park at north University and Canyon Lake Road.  Donations to assist the family in their search can be made at any branch of People's Bank or Security Bank.

Preparations Underway For Weekend Search For Peggy Merimon
Preparations are underway for this weekend's massive volunteer search for Peggy Merimon. Hundreds of volunteers are expected to help with the effort. NewsChannel 11's Suleika Acosta explains how volunteers are getting organized for this weekend's search.

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