Update (August 10, 2012) -LAFAYETTE, La. — Police in Louisiana say a body found this week has been identified as that of a college student who had been missing since May.
Lafayette police say the body was that of Michaela “Mickey” Shunick. She had been last seen riding her bicycle from a friend’s house early May 19, days before her 22nd birthday. Eight days later, the bike was found partially submerged in a swampy area under a highway bridge.
Her decomposed remains were found Tuesday near a cemetery north of Lafayette. Police have said a “credible witness” led them to the spot.
Authorities have not said whether that witness is 33-year-old Brandon Lavergne, a registered sex offender who is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping in Shunick’s death. He has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bond.
Authorities in Louisiana are searching for a college student who disappeared while bicycling Saturday, May 19, 2012.
Michaela “Mickey” Shunick, a 22-year-old senior anthropology major at the University of Louisiana, was last seen at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday, when she left a friend’s home on Ryan Street in Lafayette. Shunick was cycling to her home on Governor Miro Drive, a distance of about four miles, when she vanished without a trace, the Lafayette Police Department said.
Shunick is an avid cyclist and had regularly made the trip, said her mother, Nancy Shunick. Read the rest of this entry »