Family Struggles To Find Comfort After Seven Day Search - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/27/06

Family Struggles To Find Comfort After Seven Day Search

A seven day search ends without any new clues to solve the mystery of a missing Lubbock woman. After finding several items of interest yesterday, tonight, the Merimon family tells us all of those items have been ruled out as evidence in this case.   NewsChannel 11's Jennifer Vogel spoke with family members today about keeping hopes high as each day goes by.

The Merimon family has taken off their normal jobs to organize hundreds of volunteers to search for their mother that has now been missing for 18 days.

"This is 7 days of hard searching going out everyday until 7:30-9:00 at night riding on 4-wheelers or walking or riding and walking, you know, it gets tiresome on your body."  An exhausting seven day search ends with family members doing anything to keep hopes alive.  "By not finding something gives us a little bit of hope, maybe she is alive locked in a house and we can't find her."

Sven Appleton, Peggy's son, tells us their family has bonded together, and meets daily to talk about the good, and the bad. 

"We say things light hearted to get a little laughter going, build each other's spirits, poke fun at each other, then we talk about some serious things that rile our feathers," said Appleton.

Since Peggy went missing August 9th, the Merimon family has been very public about trying to get help bringing their mother home. And with a turn out of over 400 people searching, their hearts are filled with gratitude. "All I can say thank you to Lubbock and the surrounding areas, we will be continuing our efforts."

The family is not done. They are planning another search next weekend where they plan on moving South and North through Lubbock and Wolfforth. They are also asking hunters that will be out this Friday for the first day of dove season to watch out for anything that seems unusual.

Volunteer Searchers Find Items of Interest
Organizers say they've identified several items of interest from Saturday's search for Peggy Merimon, but right now nothing is concrete.  United Response Search and Rescue Team organized the operation.  NewsChannel 11's Ben Lawson was there and has more.

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