It's been two years since the last time anyone saw Kay Harrelson or Peggy Merimon alive. Newschannel 11 has followed this story since both women disappeared from the Lubbock State School on August 9th, 2006.
Volunteer searchers discovered Harrelson's body near Shallowater 11 days later. Since then, hundreds of people from across the country have joined in the search to find Merimon. Peggy Merimon's husband Gearl says witnesses at the Lubbock State School saw Peggy Merimon, Kay Harrelson and another person leave for lunch. Little did anybody know that was the last time Peggy Merimon and Kay Harrelson would ever be seen alive again.
In the weeks, months and now years that followed, several public searches have been held to find Peggy and during those searches there were times of excitement: Bones were found, clothes were found, but nothing was shown to be Peggy's.
"It's not knowing, we got lucky enough that we found Danny's wife and not knowing where ours is, where Peggy is, it kind of weighs on you, I mean you think all of the good stuff and day in and day out you think about her constantly," said Gearl Merimon, Peggy's Husband.
Gearl has played an active role, day in and day out, to find Peggy. He's been involved in every public search and most days you'll find Gearl out searching on his own. "We all know in the back of our minds that she's not coming home but we'd like to find her and have some sort of peace and bury her," said Gearl.
And even with that reality facing the family the search continues. Rewards are being offered - $35,000 from the Merimon family and $65,000 from an organization called "Lets Bring Them Home". That's a total of $100,000 for an arrest, conviction, and the location of Peggy.
Before the statute of limitations ran out, Gearl Merimon and Danny Harrelson, along with members of their families, filed a civil lawsuit against Mickey Patterson. Their petition filed in Lubbock County District Court on August 4th of this year says that Mickey Patterson killed Peggy Merimon and Kay Harrelson.
"It's been hard for us. The two years, you know it's, It's a hard time for everybody and I hope that this will bring some sort of closure eventually, That's what I'm hoping for." said Gearl.
If you have any information that could lead to the location of Peggy or the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for her disappearance, you are urged to call Crime Line and that number, as always, 741-1000.
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