The search for missing Lubbock woman Peggy Merimon is receiving some national assistance. Merimon was last seen leaving the Lubbock State School with her co-worker Kay Harrelson August 9th, 2006. Harrelson's body was found days later, but almost a year after her disappearance, search crews are still looking for Merimon.
Saturday Texas EquuSearch came in from Houston to assist crews in searching near Shallowater.
Sadly, the search turned up nothing by late Saturday afternoon. However, with Texas EquuSearch volunteers leading the efforts, several areas were cleared and lessons learned. This group is known for its searching techniques of using horses, planes and ATV's. Texas EquuSearch has been involved with efforts in nearly every state in the union, including several overseas.
Nearly a year has gone by and thousands of hours spent searching, but once again volunteers like Sharon Cassel are back out looking for Peggy Merimon.
However, this time it's not on foot. Instead, she and others are on four wheelers taking direction from Texas EquuSearch team leaders.
"I just go real slow because I don't know what we're looking for, a purse or a cell phone," Cassel said.
Covering fields just outside Shallowwater four paws assist four wheelers, as two Panhandle Search and Rescue K-9 teams help search acres of high grass and hidden dips.
Texas EquuSearch's ATV Search Coordinator, Lee Robertson says, "This area pretty much has had a set of eyes put on every square foot. That was a primary piece of ground and we had eight other areas we targeted yesterday."
"We looked at the maps; we've looked at where things have been found of interest. So we're going back into those areas and re-searching them," Texas EquuSearch Case Manager Cindy Wisdom said.
This, for nearly 30 volunteers, means hours of walking, riding and looking over land not far from where Kay Harrelson's body was found.
"Whether it's ATV, equestrian or even K-9's, we can miss things and we don't mind going back over and checking them again," Panhandle Search and Rescue K-9 Handler Keith Henderson said.
As just maybe something in this search will be found that could help end the search for Peggy Merimon.
"Hopefully helps find Peg. It has been a difficult year. I was hoping it would over this weekend. But if it's not we'll keep moving forward," Peggy's husband Geral Merimon said.
Search efforts will start back up Sunday morning at 8 a.m. Volunteers with four wheelers or on horseback are needed, along with anyone on foot. Those willing to help are asked to meet at the West Carlisle Fire Department on west 4th Street, which is just across from Cagle's Steak House.
And to help with those search expenses, the Merimon family is hosting a benefit concert at Buffalo Springs Lake, August 4th. Country music artist Jeff Griffith will perform along with the Shane Rogers band and others. Tickets are $12.00 and park entrance is free.
|Peggy Merimon Search Timeline|