Suspect In Disappearance of Lubbock Women Remains on Paid Leave One Year Later - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/9/07

Suspect In Disappearance of Lubbock Women Remains on Paid Leave One Year Later

Peggy Merimon Peggy Merimon
Kay Harrelson Kay Harrelson
Source: LPD Source: LPD

Exactly one year after the disappearance of Peggy Merimon and Kay Harrelson there have not been any arrests. The women were last seen leaving the Lubbock State School August 9, 2006.

The suspect in this case is also an employee of the Lubbock State School. NewsChannel 11 has learned the suspect remains on paid administrative leave. He's been on leave for nearly a year now, and has been paid more than $44,000. Representatives from the Lubbock State School tell NewsChannel 11 no decision has been made on when or if they'll stop paying him.

The school did however host a memorial to mark the one year anniversary Thursday. Stacy Bodenstedt, the Director of Community Relations for the Lubbock State School says, "On behalf of the Lubbock State School, our thoughts and prayers go out to both of the families that are affected with this current situation. The hardest thing for us is that fact that there still isn't closure to this whole situation."

Police drew a sketch drawn from witnesses accounts of the person they saw Merimon and Harrelson leaving the Lubbock State School with. Back in April, police went from calling the man depicted in the sketch a person of interest to a suspect. Again, no one was ever arrested but police say they re-interviewing everyone involved with this case.

Meanwhile, family members are offering a $10,000 reward for information on Merimon's whereabouts. Another $25,000 is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

Numerous searches have been held over the last year but there is still no sign of Merimon. However, it was volunteer searchers that found Harrelson's body in a ditch near Shallowater eleven days after she disappeared.

If you have any information in this case, you're urged to call Crime Line. That number is (806) 741-1000.

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