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tarabull
05-27-2012, 11:05 AM
Police Map Mickey's Route
May 26, 2012

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/DG/20120526/NEWS01/205260334/Police-map-Mickey-s-route?odyssey=mod_sectionstories

OldSteve
05-28-2012, 11:24 AM
Missing Student's Bike Found Under Bridge

http://abcnews.go.com/US/mickey-shunick-missing-students-bike-found-bridge/story?id=16440759#.T8OYpLBYt9E

OldSteve
05-28-2012, 11:25 AM
Police Seek Driver Looking to Pick Up Women

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/05/mickey-shunick-disappearance-police-seek-driver-looking-to-pick-up-women/

bessie
05-29-2012, 01:35 AM
Mickey Shunick's Family Speaks Out About Developments in the Case (http://www.katc.com/full-coverage/searching-for-mickey-shunick/)

05/28/2012 11:55 PM by Jim Hummel
With big developments in the Mickey Shunick investigation over the weekend, her family is staying positive.

Whatever the scenario, the family believes Mickey is alive. They have a plea for whoever might be holding her: "Drop her off at a hospital or a safe-have or at a busy street somewhere," said Charlie. "Someone will find her and bring her back to us and that's all we care about."

(continued with video at the link)

Police Continue Search of Area Where Mickey Shunick's Bike was Found; Find No New Evidence (http://www.katc.com/news/mickey-shunick-what-you-need-to-know-today/)

05/28/2012 06:20 PM by Elizabeth Hill
Police began their search of the Whiskey Bay Bridge area this morning, but the investigation was called off around Noon after a thorough search of the area turned up no new evidence.
Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft says in a missing persons case it is assumed there may be some foul play involved.

Mickey Shunick: What You Need to Know Today (http://www.katc.com/news/mickey-shunick-what-you-need-to-know-today/)

05/28/2012 12:50 PM by Tonya LaCoste
1. Investigators, including the Lafayette Police Mounted Patrol Unit are searching again today for clues and evidence near the I-10 Whiskey Bay exit. Yesterday, fishermen found Mickey Shunick's bike beneath the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge at the Whiskey Bay exit 127 in Iberville Parish. The public should stay away from the area to allow investigators to their jobs.
(read more at the link)
http://www.katc.com/news/mickey-shunick-what-you-need-to-know-today/

Mickey's Bike Found, Search Expands to Atchafalaya Basin (http://www.katc.com/news/mickey-shunick-what-you-need-to-know-today/)


05/27/2012 09:58 PM by Maddie Garrett
A big development in the Mickey Shunick case with Lafayette Police confirming to KATC Sunday that they found Mickey's bicycle.

It was found 30 miles away from where Mickey was last seen, beneath the Whiskey Bay I-10 bridge, at exit 127 in Iberville Parish. Investigators spent much of the day there looking for more clues, but still no sign of Mickey.

Full Coverage at KATC, Lafayette, LA (http://www.katc.com/full-coverage/searching-for-mickey-shunick/)

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Businesses Join Search for Missing Student (http://www.wdsu.com/news/local-news/new-orleans/Businesses-join-search-for-missing-student/-/9853400/14246672/-/item/0/-/muemfp/-/index.html)

11:05 PM CDT May 28, 2012, WDSU, New Orleans, LA
Some French Quarter businesses are now part of the search effort to find 22-year-old Michaela "Mickey" Shunick.

Flyers can be seen in and around the downtown area.

(continued at the link)
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Another article about the Spierer/Shunick comparison:

Police Search for Similarities in Two Missing College Student Cases (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/29/police-search-for-similarities-in-2-missing-college-student-cases/)


Published May 29, 2012FoxNews.com

“They contacted us and we did share information pertaining the two cases,” Cpl. Mouton, told Fox 44. “We currently do not think the two are related, but we are looking at the information they provided us to see if there are any similarities.”http://a57.foxnews.com/global.fncstatic.com/static/managed/assets/660/371/ShunickSpierer.jpg

(continued at the link)

bessie
05-29-2012, 02:59 AM
surveillance cameras captures

http://www.websleuths.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=22805&d=1338274101
http://www.websleuths.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=22801&d=1338273940
http://www.websleuths.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=22802&d=1338273993
http://www.websleuths.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=22804&d=1338274072

http://www.websleuths.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=22803&stc=1&d=1338274606

wfgodot
05-29-2012, 06:50 PM
LPD 05/29 presser, transcribed:

Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community - View Single Post - LA LA - Mickey Shunick, 21, Lafayette; 19 May 2012: #10

wfgodot
05-29-2012, 06:53 PM
Mickey Shunick timeline, 18 May - 25 May:

TIMELINE: The disappearance of Mickey Shunick (http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120527/NEWS01/120527002/TIMELINE-disappearance-Mickey-Shunick) (Adveriser)

wfgodot
05-29-2012, 07:11 PM
Bayou Becky's excellent pair of videos tracing Mickey's route:

Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community - View Single Post - LA LA - Mickey Shunick, 21, Lafayette; 19 May 2012: #10

wfgodot
05-29-2012, 08:05 PM
Here's a link to chicken fried's Find Mickey! Find this car! flyer:

http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx23/domerally10/Poster-Olds98_sh-1.jpg

mamamia54
05-29-2012, 11:47 PM
Mickey Shunick's Family Speaks Out About Developments in the Case (http://www.katc.com/full-coverage/searching-for-mickey-shunick/)

05/28/2012 11:55 PM by Jim Hummel
With big developments in the Mickey Shunick investigation over the weekend, her family is staying positive.

Whatever the scenario, the family believes Mickey is alive. They have a plea for whoever might be holding her: "Drop her off at a hospital or a safe-have or at a busy street somewhere," said Charlie. "Someone will find her and bring her back to us and that's all we care about."

(continued with video at the link)

Police Continue Search of Area Where Mickey Shunick's Bike was Found; Find No New Evidence (http://www.katc.com/news/mickey-shunick-what-you-need-to-know-today/)

05/28/2012 06:20 PM by Elizabeth Hill
Police began their search of the Whiskey Bay Bridge area this morning, but the investigation was called off around Noon after a thorough search of the area turned up no new evidence.
Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft says in a missing persons case it is assumed there may be some foul play involved.

Mickey Shunick: What You Need to Know Today (http://www.katc.com/news/mickey-shunick-what-you-need-to-know-today/)

05/28/2012 12:50 PM by Tonya LaCoste
1. Investigators, including the Lafayette Police Mounted Patrol Unit are searching again today for clues and evidence near the I-10 Whiskey Bay exit. Yesterday, fishermen found Mickey Shunick's bike beneath the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge at the Whiskey Bay exit 127 in Iberville Parish. The public should stay away from the area to allow investigators to their jobs.
(read more at the link)
http://www.katc.com/news/mickey-shunick-what-you-need-to-know-today/

Mickey's Bike Found, Search Expands to Atchafalaya Basin (http://www.katc.com/news/mickey-shunick-what-you-need-to-know-today/)


05/27/2012 09:58 PM by Maddie Garrett
A big development in the Mickey Shunick case with Lafayette Police confirming to KATC Sunday that they found Mickey's bicycle.

It was found 30 miles away from where Mickey was last seen, beneath the Whiskey Bay I-10 bridge, at exit 127 in Iberville Parish. Investigators spent much of the day there looking for more clues, but still no sign of Mickey.

Full Coverage at KATC, Lafayette, LA (http://www.katc.com/full-coverage/searching-for-mickey-shunick/)

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Businesses Join Search for Missing Student (http://www.wdsu.com/news/local-news/new-orleans/Businesses-join-search-for-missing-student/-/9853400/14246672/-/item/0/-/muemfp/-/index.html)

11:05 PM CDT May 28, 2012, WDSU, New Orleans, LA
Some French Quarter businesses are now part of the search effort to find 22-year-old Michaela "Mickey" Shunick.

Flyers can be seen in and around the downtown area.

(continued at the link)
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Another article about the Spierer/Shunick comparison:

Police Search for Similarities in Two Missing College Student Cases (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/29/police-search-for-similarities-in-2-missing-college-student-cases/)

http://a57.foxnews.com/global.fncstatic.com/static/managed/assets/660/371/ShunickSpierer.jpg

(continued at the link)




Ok, those pictures are frighteningly similar.

wfgodot
05-30-2012, 01:11 PM
Two vehicles ruled out in Shunick investigation (http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120530/NEWS01/120530015/BREAKING-Two-vehicles-ruled-out-Shunick-investigation?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE) (Advertister)
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Police are still looking for the driver and/or occupants of a white Chevy Z-71 pickup truck that was also seen in the same area as Shunick around the same time on May 19.
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OldSteve
05-30-2012, 01:13 PM
"Missing Louisiana Student Mickey Shunick's Bike Suffered Significant Damage"

http://abcnews.go.com/US/missing-louisiana-student-mickey-shunicks-bike-suffererd-significant/story?id=16458312#.T8ZUxLBYt9E

princesspjs
05-30-2012, 02:20 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/30/mickey-shunick-missing-vehicles-of-interest-louisiana_n_1556352.html

"We have identified the driver of the car and one of the trucks"

"Investigators have ruled out any involvement by these individuals, and they offered no additional clues for the investigation"

imamaze
05-30-2012, 10:38 PM
Find Mickey Shunick (http://findmickeynow.com/)

imamaze
05-30-2012, 10:44 PM
Find Mickey Now Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/findmickeynow)

yorick
05-31-2012, 10:36 AM
Google map with Mickey's route, photos, and timeline. Seems to be associated with www.findmickeynow.com

https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=203177667984633076348.0004c12cae7cc5698843 c&msa=0

bessie
05-31-2012, 01:45 PM
False Alarm in Search for Mickey Shunick (http://www.wafb.com/story/18662714/false-alarm-in-search-for-mickey-shunick)

Posted: May 31, 2012 2:53 AM CDT
Updated: May 31, 2012 6:12 AM CDT

WHISKEY BAY, LA (WAFB) - Police investigating a possible new clue in the case of a missing Lafayette woman determined it was a false alarm.


(continued with video at the link)

wfgodot
06-01-2012, 08:34 PM
wodalo @ post #326:

Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community - View Single Post - LA LA - Mickey Shunick, 21, Lafayette; 19 May 2012 - #17

OldSteve
06-02-2012, 01:14 PM
EquuSearch Suspends Search Efforts

http://www.katc.com/news/equusearch-suspends-search-efforts/

OldSteve
06-02-2012, 01:15 PM
Shunick case tips drop off .............
Lafayette police have opted to no longer man a dedicated tips line around the clock.


http://theadvocate.com/home/2990251-125/shunick-case-tips-drop-off

BunnyHop
06-03-2012, 10:50 AM
Exploring Whiskey Bay

(excellent article.)

It's that one exit on eastbound Interstate 10 that just seems a little bit different than the others.

Travelers who take Exit 127, commonly known as the Whiskey Bay exit, are driving into the definition of seclusion. While most interstate exits lead to at least convenience stores and fast food restaurants, this one — just 30 miles east of Lafayette —is almost completely desolate.

It's also the turn-off linked to the mysterious and high-profile disappearance of Michaela "Mickey" Shunick, last seen May 19 in surveillance footage riding her bicycle. Her bike was discovered a week ago in the waters of Whiskey Bay.

This remote exit has a ramp that curves sharply, almost into a complete circle, and leads onto La. 975. Turn left onto La. 975, go just about 40 yards, and there's a huge white sign with "NO" written in large black letters. The sign is a not-so-subtle reminder that there is no public access into the woods beyond that point and trespassing is prohibited. Visitors clearly are not welcome.

more:

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/DG/20120603/NEWS01/206030340/Exploring-Whiskey-Bay?odyssey=nav%7Chead

OldSteve
06-03-2012, 02:15 PM
Mickey Shunick search: 'You just got to have hope'

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/DG/20120603/NEWS01/206030341/Mickey-Shunick-search-You-just-got-hope-?odyssey=nav%7Chead

OldSteve
06-05-2012, 04:14 PM
"Missing Lafayette student's sister remains positive, grateful for volunteers"

http://www.wwltv.com/news/Missing-Lafayette-students-family-remains-positive-greatfeul-for-volunteers-157194715.html

wfgodot
06-05-2012, 07:10 PM
Timeline updated as of about 5:30 p.m. CDT, 06.05:

Timeline of the search for Mickey Shunick (http://www.katc.com/news/searching-for-mickey-shunick/) (katc.com)

wfgodot
06-05-2012, 08:31 PM
The poster audie has compiled a very good list of Texas search and rescue organizations:

Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community - View Single Post - LA LA LA - Mickey Shunick, 21, Lafayette; 19 May 2012 - #22

megsy
06-05-2012, 10:52 PM
107.9 Radio Interview posted on their website on 6/4.

http://1079ishot.com/mickey-shunicks-sister-charlene-shunick-discusses-recent-efforts-to-bring-mickey-home-audio/

OldSteve
06-06-2012, 08:07 PM
"Cadaver and forensic canines brought into Shunick search; Texas Equusearch returns"

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/DG/20120606/NEWS01/120606013/Cadaver-forensic-canines-brought-into-Shunick-search-Texas-Equusearch-returns?odyssey=nav%7Chead

OldSteve
06-07-2012, 12:07 PM
Jane investigates: Where is Mickey Shunick?

NASCAR driver Buster Graham. Graham will have Mickey Shunick’s picture painted on the hood of his car for the ARCA Racing Series in the Pennsylvania. He tells Jane, why he decided to replace sponsors with Mickey’s image and why this case in particular hits him close to home.

http://www.hlntv.com/video/2012/06/06/jvm-louisiana-shunick

mahmoo
06-07-2012, 07:14 PM
From KLFY.com (6/7/12):
Link to video and article (http://www.klfy.com/story/18570540/missing-mickey-shunick?autoStart=true&to...)

The family's private investigator says he has descriptions of two people he thinks are involved in Mickey's disappearance. He says he will be releasing those descriptions soon. But, the information is still very new.

Abdella says he is not concentrating on the Z-71 pickup truck as much as police but he does believe more than one person may be involved in Mickey's disappearance.

"I think I have a description of two individuals that could possibly be involved in the disappearance of Mickey Shunick."

mahmoo
06-07-2012, 07:16 PM
From KATC.com (6/7/12):
Private investigator says new developments in Mickey Shunick disappearance (http://www.katc.com/full-coverage/searching-for-mickey-shunick/#fcanchor)

The private investigator tracking Mickey Shunick's disappearance says he has credible information about two people who could be involved in her disappearance. John Abdella says two people who don't know each other called him with almost identical descriptions. The calls were made days apart, and he believes something good will come out of this. Abdella is not releasing the descriptions. He'll notify police first.

justwannahelp
06-08-2012, 08:26 AM
From KATC.com (6/7/12):
Private investigator says new developments in Mickey Shunick disappearance (http://www.katc.com/full-coverage/searching-for-mickey-shunick/#fcanchor)

As hopeful as I want to be about this, it still seems like it could be the product of rumors. It seems odd that somone would just now be calling with descriptions?? Well unless it's somone who knows the perp and JUST now noticed him or them acting strangely or not going to work or slipping up about that morning. That must be what it is. I pray this gets us to Mickey!!!

OldSteve
06-08-2012, 12:58 PM
"Mickey Shunick Disappearance: Investigator Has Suspect"

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/06/mickey-shunick-disappearance-investigator-has-suspect/

mahmoo
06-09-2012, 02:23 AM
Special K-9's Help in Mickey Search, Final Volunteer Effort This Weekend (http://www.katc.com/full-coverage/searching-for-mickey-shunick/)
KATC.com
06/08/2012

Meanwhile, six highly trained dogs from Special K-9's Rescue and Recovery Group out of Texas scoured more areas in the Atchafalaya Basin
"Our primary goal is to clear certain areas, so that people on the ground won't have to cover them," said spokesperson Mike Candella.
The dogs covered 10 miles on land and completed four water searches with their trainers. Though the dogs didn't turn up any forensic evidence, the team hopes they helped rule out areas near Whiskey Bay.

mahmoo
06-09-2012, 12:49 PM
From the Baton Rouge Advocate
June 9, 2012

Sister: ‘We need to keep looking’ (http://theadvocate.com/home/3048148-125/sister-we-need-to-keep)

While police have scaled back their efforts to a degree, Chief Jim Craft said the department is still heavily vested in the search efforts.

Shunick's investigation has been an all-encompassing endeavor involving upward of 40 Lafayette police officers at one point, Craft said, with the assistance of at least 40 to 60 additional representatives from different law enforcement agencies, including local sheriff's offices and police departments, State Police and the FBI.

"We'll take any and all help we can get … anybody and everybody and everything that we can think of or possibly do to locate this girl," Craft said. "There's never been a search of this magnitude in the history of our department."

As many officers return to their regular duty, the department has created a mini-task force of officers from area law enforcement agencies to handle core aspects of the investigation into Shunick's disappearance. The group meets twice daily to review leads, evaluate evidence and assign a game plan for the next day.

OldSteve
06-10-2012, 10:10 PM
"As Searches Wind Down, Mickey's Mom Says They're Not Giving Up Hope"

http://www.katc.com/news/as-searches-wind-down-mickey-s-mom-says-they-re-not-giving-up-hope/

OldSteve
06-11-2012, 01:56 PM
"Search for Mickey Shunick moves into Day 23"

http://www.wafb.com/story/18756921/search-for-mickey-shunick-moves-into-day-23

OldSteve
06-13-2012, 01:08 PM
LPD Chief Address Recent Allegations -
http://www.klfy.com/story/18772407/lpd-chief-address-recent-allegations

Rlilly5813
06-14-2012, 05:50 PM
Praying this is not her...

http://www.examiner.com/article/female-torso-found-on-miss-beach-as-michaela-mickey-shunick-remains-missing

OldSteve
06-19-2012, 11:08 AM
Mickey Shunick: Still missing after a month-
http://www.ksla.com/story/18822317/mickey-shunick-still-missing-after-a-month

CajunCoDe
06-20-2012, 12:49 PM
IMO, we have been looking at these images all wrong, although I honestly do not think any of this matter in the case anyhow. I will try to explain my thought here.

http://www.websleuths.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=22802&d=1338273993 I think this is Image #1, and I will call this WTA (white truck A). Notice 2 cars here at gas station, no car in intersections. Also note that the opposing traffic on University has a green light, meaning this truck (WTA) would have to stop at intersection. Sometimes at night, these light take a loooong time to change. The guy in the white car is just finishing getting his gas and is running in to maybe pay for overage? Or maybe didn’t need gas, just ran in for cigs? Anyway… If you have ever been to this gas station, you will understand how difficult it is to turn around here. To me, he is facing us, therefore, if he wants to go back down University towards campus, he would need to pull right out onto St. Landry and then right onto University.

Which brings us to image #2: http://www.websleuths.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=22801&d=1338273940

I just noticed here that there appears to be 2 cars in the intersection behind the trees. The first, WTA, appears to be crossing the intersection now (however NOT turning left onto University, IMO), as well as white car from gas station in right turning lane. Notice DWT is here. IMO, DWT passed MS earlier on St. John, before crossing intersection.

Next comes image #3: http://www.websleuths.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=22805&d=1338274101

MS. No trucks. Only blue car at gas station. Perhaps he is inside BSing with clerk? (I have seen this often).

So there are my thoughts. If I am correct, where does that really leave us? DWT stops? Waits for MS? DWT not involved at all???

OldSteve
06-20-2012, 02:18 PM
Mickey Shunick's Mother Speaks One Month After Daughter's Disappearance -

http://www.katc.com/news/mickey-shunick-s-mother-speaks-one-month-after-daughter-s-disappearance/

OldSteve
06-21-2012, 12:58 PM
Divers search Whiskey Bay area as search for Mickey Shunick continues -

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20120621/NEWS03/120621009/Divers-search-Whiskey-Bay-area-search-Mickey-Shunick-continues?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

OldSteve
06-24-2012, 01:13 PM
Still no answers in Shunick case-
http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120624/NEWS01/206240334/Still-no-answers-Shunick-case?odyssey=nav%7Chead

OldSteve
06-24-2012, 11:46 PM
Coping with the trauma of Mickey's disappearance-
http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120624/NEWS01/206240332

OldSteve
06-26-2012, 03:49 PM
Still no answers in case of missing Mickey Shunick-
http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20120625/NEWS03/120625014/Still-no-answers-case-missing-Mickey-Shunick?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

Island hopper
06-27-2012, 03:21 AM
I apologize in advance for the very long post. I have taken a couple of days and went through the video's, articles and press conference's and put together the following document. It looks much better in Word format!

It is a work in progress and if anyone feels it is useful then I will continue to add facts as I come across them. Apologize if it is useless.

There are no personal opinions here...completely unbiased....only facts found through research. I plan to elaborate on the bike being found in more detail as well as add the map and some of the original pics but too tired tonight.

If you see it here then the statement can be found within the links posted at the end. The CNN video's at the end show some of the surveillance pics in much better clarity.


JUST THE FACTS

MISSING: MICKEY SHUNICK (5/22/90)

When: May 19th, 2012, approximately 2:00am
Where: Lafayette, LA – Saint Streets Area
Reported Missing: May 19th, 2012 – Approx. 6:00pm
Reward: Reward has been capped at $25,000

Mickey is 5’ 1”, approximately 115 lbs. She has shoulder length light blond curly hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a bright pastel, multi-colored shirt, grey acid washed skinny jeans and silver ankle boots. She has a small tattoo of a bicycle on her right outer ankle and a nose ring on her left nostril. She was last seen riding a black and gold Schwinn Cutter bicycle with glittery gold hand grips. She was carrying a small pink container of pepper spray in her front pocket. She was also carrying a light brown leather backpack/purse, a yellow Vera Bradley wallet and a black Verizon slider cell phone.

Mickey was heading towards her home on Governor Miro Drive which is 4 miles from her last known location, friend, Brettly Wilson’s home. She never arrived. Her family reported her to local law enforcement as a missing person at approximately 6:00pm, Saturday, May 19th.

Local Lafayette law enforcement, FBI, Homeland Security and the US Marshal’s service have been involved in the investigation.


This is what we know:

Mickey rode her bicycle to meet nine friends for a concert at Artmosphere Hookah Lounge and Bar on Johnson Street the evening of Friday,May 18th. At 10:15pm Mickey suggested going to Mel’s Diner but her friends didn’t want to leave. At 12:45am Mickey and Brettly left Artmosphere and bicycled to Brettly’s home on Ryan Street. Brettly then drove Mickey through the Taco Bell drive-thru and returned back to Brettly’s home to eat.

At 1:30am Mickey’s friend Ashley called Mickey on her cell. This is reportedly the last time her cell was used. Mickey left Brettly’s house at 1:45am. His last sighting of her was that of Mickey closing the door behind her as she left his home. (**There was an article in the Advertiser that reported Brettly last saw her in his driveway but I don’t see where that can be confirmed by him.)

Surveillance cameras show Mickey on Verseilles Blvd. heading towards St. John Street at 1:47am. Police believe she then traveled onto St. John Street and crossed over University Avenue, continuing West on St. Landry Street.

She was spotted again on St. Landry Street (Circle K) at 1:48am. A pickup truck identified as a white Chevy Z71 was seen in the same spot on St. Landry Street at 1:49am. This is the last confirmed and reported sighting of Mickey.

At 1:51am a white four door pickup truck was seen traveling in the opposite direction of Mickey on St. Landry Street in front of the Circle K. It is unclear if this is the same truck cameras caught at 1:49 on St. Landry Street or another vehicle of possible interest.

Vehicles of Interest:

In initial police statements it was stated as:

In both videos, a white, four door pickup truck is captured on video after Mickey traveled those streets. The surveillance video comes from Lafayette Consolidated Government and is taken in front of the Circle K on St. Landry.

Police said it took a long time to go through all the surveillance video collected, and much of it had to be watched in real time. Police said they saw the footage Thursday and then had to get it enhanced in order to positively identify Mickey.

Images of missing Louisiana student Mickey Shunick caught on surveillance tape the night of her disappearance have prompted police to wonder whether three vehicles seen in the tape might be involved.

Via Nancy Grace Blog:
Mouton told HLN the vehicles of interest include:
• A white, four-door truck that was travelling in the same direction
• A white, four-door Chevrolet Z71, also headed in the same direction
• A 80’s or 90’s GM model vehicle with rear right body work, travelling in the same direction
• A white truck with a bed cover that was travelling in the opposite direction about three minutes after Mickey passed through the area

Authorities have not determined whether two of those images show the same vehicle.

The current vehicle of interest is a newer model white Chevy Z71, 4 door pickup truck seen on St. Landry Street heading in the same direction of Mickey. It is unclear if the white four door pickup truck seen going in the opposite direction of Mickey is the same vehicle and/or is still a vehicle of interest.

Video surveillance captured images of an 80’s-90’s Oldsmobile with bondo on the passenger side rear quarter panel and a white GMC or Chevy pickup truck with a bed cover on University after Mickey traveled on these streets. Both have been identified by police and cleared.


Bicycle Found:

On May 27th Lafayette Police are confirming that Mickey Shunick’s bike has been found beneath the Whiskey Bay I-10 Bridge at Exit #127, 27 miles from her estimated area of disappearance. Some local fisherman located the bike and notified police through the tips line. The entire area and the river are being searched for clues and evidence.

Fishermen found the black Schwinn bicycle on Sunday in the Atchafalaya River, near the bank under a highway interchange in a swampy area of Iberville Parish, La. Cpl. Paul Mouton said only a bit of the frame was out of the water when the men discovered it. Police also gathered other "items of interest" at the location where the bike was found, but did not elaborate, KATC.com reported.

Speaking at a press briefing, though, Corporal Paul Mouton was quick to point out that such assumptions are premature:

“The one thing that we don’t want to jump to conclusions and the thing we didn’t want to release the damage to the bike initially is because the first initial assumption would be that it was struck by a vehicle. We do not know that for a hundred percent that that’s where that damage came from.”

Mouton said that the tire, which had a bent rim with the tire “dislodged from the rim itself”, was the only visible damage to the bike.

“Our belief currently is that the bike was dumped beneath the bridge and was not thrown from the bridge,” Mouton said.

http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/crime/2012/05/29/jvm-missing-shunick-bike-found.hln?iref=videosearch

http://kpel965.com/mickey-shunick-press-conference-rear-damage-to-bike-vehicles-of-interest-still-being-sought/


In regards to carnival workers via Jane Velez-Mitchell:

JON LEIBERMAN, INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER: Well, police are very concerned that the fact -- the fact is that this area is very close to I-10 which as you know is a main thoroughfare that runs all the way out to California. That`s one thing.

The second thing is look, police know this young lady did not just vanish. So they are right now, they`re back canvassing at that bar. They`re at red light camera video. They`re gathering all the surveillance video that they can and they are essentially also looking at employment records from the people who were supposed to work at that carnival, the Cajun Heartland State Fair.

We understand police are looking at the employment records and any criminal history of anybody associated with that event, just as one more avenue that they`re exploring to help find this young lady.


Tasha Patterson’s detailed account of her run-in with the white GMC via Nancy Grace:

Joining me right now is another special guest. This is Joy Patterson. Her daughter was approached by this white male in a white vehicle very similar to that vehicle seen in the Mickey surveillance video.

Ms. Patterson, thank you for being with us. What does your daughter say happened?

JOY PATTERSON, DAUGHTER RODE IN SUSPECT VEHICLE (via telephone): Well, my daughter was going home from a doctor`s appointment at 2:00 o`clock in the afternoon on South College Drive (ph), and the man gave her a ride to Walgreen`s six blocks -- about six blocks down the street.

And during the ride, the man -- she told the man that she was looking for work (INAUDIBLE) When she`s about to exit the vehicle, he tells her (INAUDIBLE) having sex with him for $80. During the course of the ride, he also told her that he likes to go driving around Lafayette, looking for pretty young girls to pick up.

PATTERSON: It was a white GMC Sierra 2500 series, Texas (ph) edition (ph). It was a white truck with a black cover on the bed. And she said that this man appeared to be in his 50s or 60s.

GRACE: Did the vehicle have tinted windows, or does she recall, Ms. Patterson?

PATTERSON: Yes, it had tinted windows.

GRACE: Did?

PATTERSON: Yes, ma`am.

GRACE: OK. Could you give me your best description of the male?

PATTERSON: Like I said, he was an older male in his 50s or 60s. He did happen to mention that he was retired.

GRACE: Did he have any facial hair?

PATTERSON: Did he have any facial hair? No, no facial hair. Gray hair and balding --

GRACE: And I believe he was heavyset?

PATTERSON: Yes. And he said he was retired.

GRACE: Was there anything else about the vehicle that she could remember? For instance, was there a gun rack? Was there a decal on it? Was it a -- did it have a back seat cab where somebody could also sit in the back?

PATTERSON: No, no. He did not have a gun rack. There`s nothing else, no details or anything else that she could remember about the vehicle. But there was a lot of chrome, she said, a lot of chrome on the vehicle.

GRACE: Was it a four-door truck?

PATTERSON: Yes, it was a four-door vehicle, an extended cab.

GRACE: Did she get a license plate?

PATTERSON: No, she did not. And I know that because --

(CROSSTALK)

PATTERSON: I`m sorry, that was my grandson. I know that because when it happened, she called me immediately after it happened, and I asked her about a license plate number and she did not get his license plate. She was very shooken up when it happened.


Miscellaneous Facts about Mickey:

• She had plans to travel to New Orleans on Monday, May 21st, to celebrate her birthday with her sister.
• Mickey is a Senior Anthropology major at University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL).
• She has 16 pets.
• “She rides her bike everywhere. She is so fast, strong; an excellent biker. She was training for Bike Across America next summer,” Josh Coen said.


Important Transcripts and Videos:

CNN – Jane Velez-Mitchell – 5/22/2012
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1205/22/ijvm.01.html

CNN – Jane Velez-Mitchell – 5/22/2012
http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2012/05/22/exp-jvm-missing-college-student.hln?iref=allsearch

CNN – Jane Velez-Mitchell – 5/22/2012
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/crime/2012/05/22/jvm-rowe-family-appeal-for-missing-daughter.cnn

CNN – Jane Velez-Mitchell – 5/23/2012
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1205/23/ijvm.01.html

CNN – Jane Velez-Mitchell – 5/23/2012 (snip from an earlier video aired again I think)
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2012/05/23/exp-jvm-mickey-shunick.hln

CNN – Nancy Grace – 5/24/2012
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/crime/2012/05/24/exp-ng-missing-coed-mickey-shunick.hln

CNN – Nancy Grace – 5/28/2012
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1205/28/ng.01.html

CNN – Jane Velez-Mitchell – 5/29/2012
http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/crime/2012/05/29/jvm-missing-shunick-bike-found.hln?iref=videosearch

CNN - Jane Velez-Mitchell – 5/29/2012
http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2012/05/29/exp-jvm-mickey-shunick.hln?iref=videosearch

CNN – Jane Velez-Mitchell – 5/30/2012
http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2012/05/30/exp-jvm-mickey-shunick-truck.hln?iref=videosearch
***The pics of the trucks are much clearer in this JVM video than in released stills, particularly the truck with the bed cover!!

CNN – Jane Velez-Mitchell – 6/6/2012
http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2012/06/06/exp-jvm-lousiana-shunick.hln?iref=videosearch

KPEL Press Conference in Regards to the Missing Bike
http://kpel965.com/mickey-shunick-press-conference-rear-damage-to-bike-vehicles-of-interest-still-being-sought/


Links Used to Verify Facts:

http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120624/NEWS01/206240334/Still-no-answers-Shunick-case?odyssey=nav%7Chead
http://www.katc.com/news/community-rallies-together-to-search-for-mickey-shunick/
http://www.nbc33tv.com/news/local-news/lafayette-cyclist-never-makes-it-home-community-search-party-seeks-answers
http://nancygrace.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/23/college-student-22-vanishes-while-riding-bike/?hpt=ng_mid
http://www.hlntv.com/video/2012/05/23/where-mickey-shunick
http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120524/NEWS01/205240334/Community-describes-missing-woman-s-neighborhood-friendly-safe
http://gma.yahoo.com/mickey-shunick-disappearance-searchers-bike-route-where-missing-083453291--abc-news-topstories.html
http://www.wafb.com/story/18617502/find-mickey-now-the-search-continues
http://www.amw.com/missing_persons/case.cfm?id=80100
http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120525/NEWS01/120525021/BREAKING-NEWS-Shunick-captured-video-truck-sought
http://www.katc.com/full-coverage/searching-for-mickey-shunick/
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/05/mickey-shunick-disappearance-police-seek-driver-looking-to-pick-up-women/
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/mickey-shunick-search-continues-missing-students-bike-found-16442567
http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120527/NEWS01/120527003/POLICE-CONFIRM-MICKEY-S-BIKE-FOUND?odyssey=mod|breaking|text|FRONTPAGE (http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120527/NEWS01/120527003/POLICE-CONFIRM-MICKEY-S-BIKE-FOUND?odyssey=mod%7Cbreaking%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE)
http://www.klfy.com/story/18570540/missing-mickey-shunick
http://theadvocate.com/home/2944447-125/shunick-bicycle-found
http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120530/NEWS01/205300334/Police-discuss-bike-s-condition?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE&nclick_check=1
http://www.lafayettela.gov/Police/Press_Releases.asp?PR_Id=4677
http://www.galesburg.com/newsnow/x1832957230/Monmouth-native-s-daughter-missing
http://www.hlntv.com/video/2012/05/30/shunick-pi-jvm
http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/DG/20120530/NEWS01/120530015/BREAKING-Two-vehicles-ruled-out-Shunick-investigation?odyssey=nav%7Chead
http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/justice-jeanine/index.html#/v/1670414071001/new-twists-missing-louisiana-student-case/?playlist_id=163972
http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120606/NEWS01/120606013/Cadaver-forensic-canines-brought-into-Shunick-search-Texas-Equusearch-returns?nclick_check=1
http://www.examiner.com/article/private-investigator-michaela-mickey-shunick-case-says-he-has-suspect?CID=obinsite
http://www.theadvertiser.com/section/news08
http://www.theadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012206140305
www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9A5PVGhvBQ
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/30/bike-belonging-to-missing-louisiana-student-mickey-shunick-found-damaged/#ixzz1yp8XfQDR
http://www.hlntv.com/article/2012/05/29/missing-co-eds-bike-found?iref=storysearch

Cortne
06-27-2012, 12:46 PM
Oh Mickey where are you? :(
Please let today be the day!!

Sent from my DROID RAZR using Tapatalk 2

OldSteve
07-05-2012, 02:56 PM
" month since 22-year-old Mickey Shunick was last seen riding off on her black Schwinn bicycle"
http://theadvocate.com/news/opinion/3208593-123/inside-report-for-july-5

Kimberlyd125
07-05-2012, 06:39 PM
Just got a breaking news alert on my phone from WAFB that an arrest was made in this case.

margy
07-05-2012, 06:39 PM
http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120705/NEWS01/120705037/BREAKING-NEWS-Police-say-arrest-made-Mickey-Shunick-case?odyssey=mod|breaking|art1

beach
07-05-2012, 09:11 PM
Link to Arrest Warrant (PDF) (http://www.theadvertiser.com/assets/pdf/DG19164975.PDF)

OldSteve
07-06-2012, 11:28 AM
(above link didn't work, try this one)
Mickey Shunick Case: Police Charge Sexual Offender With Murder

http://abcnews.go.com/US/mickey-shunick-case-police-charge-sexual-offender-murder/story?id=16722499


Also:
Lavergne Appears in Preliminary Hearing
http://www.katc.com/news/lavergne-appears-in-preliminary-hearing/

princesspjs
07-06-2012, 12:50 PM
Latest Update Burned out white pickup truck found in Texas
11:32 AM by KATC

http://www.katc.com/full-coverage/searching-for-mickey-shunick/#fcanchor

Not much more info in the article. The burned out white pickup was found on 6/14/12.

bessie
07-06-2012, 02:17 PM
Press Conference Thread -- July 6, 2012

Betty P
07-06-2012, 04:13 PM
Link to Lafayette PD Press Release /transcript from 7/6/12 Press Conference

http://www.katc.com/full-coverage/searching-for-mickey-shunick/#fcanchor

princesspjs
07-06-2012, 07:19 PM
Latest Update Siding being removed off Lavergne's house
04:35 PM by Maddie Garrett
According to deputies in St. Landry Parish, they are right now removing the skirting from around Lavergne's trailer. The spokesperson tells us neighbors tipped them off. Neighbors told them Lavergne recently replaced all that same siding around his house, and they were checking underneath for more evidence.



http://www.katc.com/full-coverage/searching-for-mickey-shunick/#fcanchor

megsy
07-07-2012, 05:41 PM
Q&A Session from Thursday's presser:

I will take questions at this time but I want to caution you that because the investigation is ongoing, there is a lot of information that we will not be able to divulge or discuss.

Q: Chief Craft, how did you know that he was in the area where Mickey’s bike was found? What evidence (inaudible)
A: We have some evidence that we can’t divulge at this time but we know, we can place his vehicle in that area at that time.

Q: When you were searching his home, what was some of the key evidence that was found there? Anything of importance that you can share with us that was found at his home?
A: As I speak we have been at that home since yesterday and we are still processing that scene so we can’t disclose or divulge any evidence that we may or may not have recovered.

Q: What evidence led to the first degree murder charge?
A: (pauses as if to consider how to answer) Um, based on the information developed by our investigators, uh, and the fact that she was kidnapped – an aggravated kidnapping constitutes a charge of first degree murder.

Q: Is there any evidence that there was any sort of struggle?
A: Uh, we can’t go into that at this point.

Q: Was any of Mickey’s DNA found inside his home?
A: We can’t go into that at this point.

Q: How much information (inaudible) bike?
A: Uhm, the bike was consistent – the rear rim was consistent with being struck by a vehicle and …

Q: Did anything come back from the lab reports?
A: We have no lab reports back as of this time.

Q: Chief Craft, was there a second person arrested – a female arrested in this – (inaudible) yesterday?
A: No, the only person arrested in this case has been Brandon Scott Lavergne.

Q: Was Lavergne questioned by the department immediately and then information gathered from his GPS?
A: Uh Lavergne was questioned by the department here after he was picked up by state police at I-10 and I-49.

Q: When was that?
A: Yesterday (Thursday) afternoon about 2:30.

Q: Is there any relation between Lavergne and Mickey Shunick?
A: Not that we are aware of.

Q: Any possibility that any other arrests could come about from this? I know a private investigator identified two descriptions of two separate suspects.
A: We don’t think so at this point.

Q: What (inaudible) believe she’s dead?
A: Just the evidence and information we have in the case that again, I cannot go into.

Q: Chief, was there any type of website or blog or anything that helped to connect you guys to Lavergne or help focus on him?
A: No, the information that came from the citizen is how he came to our attention.

Q: Did that citizen call the tip line?
A: I think that citizen did call the tips line.

Q: How were you able (inaudible) in Texas and put the two together?
A: Through investigation by our detectives and LA State Police we were able to determine that he had purchased another vehicle and so we located the first one over there.

Q: What was that unrelated warrant he was arrested on?
A: It has to do with sex offender registration.

Q: What brought him to the Lafayette area the night of her disappearance. Any information as to what he was doing there?
A: We have no information on that based on the fact that he has refused to talk to us or cooperate with us.

Q: Was his license destroyed, blocking out some information about him being a registered sex offender?
A: Yes.

Q: On May 28th, it says that he was in good standing on his sex offender website. How is that possible, uh, what does that have to do to go through that?
A: Well I don’t think that the people who run the registry would necessarily know that he had altered his driver’s license to hide that information. Uh, if he was making his contacts and making his visits, they may
be ruled in good standing.

Q: Where was he arrested?
A: He was arrested here at the Lafayette Police Department. He was stopped by LA State Police at I-10 and I-49 for a traffic violation.

Q: Do you think that he targeted her or this is a crime of coincidence?
A: I think that based on the information we have and the vehicle was seen in the area – you can see it on the video – maybe he was riding around looking for someone to victimize.

Q: Chief Craft, since he purchased a new vehicle – what was he driving, what was his mode of transportation when he was apprehended?
A: I think it’s a Z71, white pickup truck, just like the one he had.

Q: Chief, how long can you hold him and what’s next?
A: Well, right now he’s charged with aggravated kidnapping and first degree murder. So there’s no bond on the first degree murder. The district attorney has reviewed our affidavit and our warrant and they are in agreement with us that we had probable cause to arrest him and so there’s no bond on a first degree murder warrant so he’s going to be held in a correctional center.

Q: Chief if a body isn’t found do you expect any problem with that as far as prosecution or anything?
A: I couldn’t comment on that. I think that’s a question for the district attorney to answer.

Q: Has anybody else been questioned regarding (inaudible)?
A: Oh, hundreds of people have been questioned regarding this case.

Q: Since the arrest has been made?
A: Yes.

Q: Any females or girlfriends?
A: We’ve questioned a lot of people but I don’t want to go into who we’ve questioned or who we’ve talked to just primarily because our investigation is still ongoing and that may hinder our investigation to disclose that information at this time.

Q: Any clues on where the body may be?
A: (pauses) No.

Q: Chief, any better indication (inaudible) where or around she was taken?
A: Based on what we know in the video we would have to say between St. Landry and St. Mary and Blackham Coliseum. Somewhere between there.

Q: And is there any indication on exactly how they got her, the bike, everything into the vehicle?
A: No.

Q: Chief, with Mr. Lavergne, was there a bite mark on his hand possibly from Mickey Shunick?
A: Can’t comment on that.
Q: (inaudible)
A: Can’t comment on that.

Q: Can you comment on his prior record?
A: No.

Q: Was there anyone else at the house when you went to investigate?
A: No.

Q: Was there anyone else in that vehicle when he was apprehended?
A: No.

Q: Was he an offshore worker?
A: Yes, he is an offshore worker.

Q: Do you know if he was offshore (inaudible) most of the investigation?
A: Well, we know that he’s been offshore for about the last two weeks.

Q: Do you all use FBI profiler in this investigation?
A: We did consult with the behavioral science unit with the FBI Academy at Quantico but the FBI’s made numerous resources available to us throughout this investigation.

Q: What (inaudible) motive for this crime?
A: He’s a sex offender.

Q: (something about truck on fire)
A: That’s part of the arson investigation that’s taking place in Texas at this time.

Q: Do you know how he got back to Louisiana after he set his truck on fire?
A: We’re not releasing that right now.

Q: Do you have reason to believe that Mickey Shunick was sexually assaulted in this crime?
A: We don’t know that yet.

hollyblue
07-07-2012, 10:24 PM
Video of 7/6/12 presser on MS's case and perp's arrest:

http://www.katc.com/videos/mickey-shunick-press-conference/

bessie
07-08-2012, 01:19 AM
Lafayette Police Department Press Release, July 6, 2012 -- 1:00 P.M. (http://www.lafayettela.gov/Police/Press_Releases.asp?PR_Id=4380)

Jim Craft, Chief of Police
900 East University Ave.
P.O. Box 4308
Lafayette, LA 70502


Contact: Cpl. Paul L. Mouton
Public Information Officer
Office: (337) 291-8617
Fax: (337) 291-8665
Email-pmouton@lafayetteLA.gov


Date: 7/6/2012
Time: 1:00:00 PM


Arrest Made in Mickey Shunick Case

Lafayette, LA - The Lafayette Police Department would like to extend its appreciation to the Shunick Family, all of the law enforcement agencies involved in this investigation, countless volunteers, private business entities, and the public that have assisted in the search and continue to be there as this investigation remains ongoing. I must caution all of you that although an arrest has been made in this case, much work remains to be done.

Working with our Federal, State and local partners, the Lafayette Police Department has arrested Brandon Scott Lavergne and charged him with 1st Degree Murder and Aggravated Kidnapping. Lavergne is believed to be responsible for the disappearance of Michaela “Mickey” Shunick.

On May 19th of this year, the Shunick family reported Mickey’s disappearance. She had not returned home, missed her brother’s graduation from high school, had notified no one of her location, and did not respond to calls made to her cell phone.

On May 25, video evidence was discovered from an LCG facility that captured Mickey on her bike. Several vehicles were observed in the same video and broadcast to the public as vehicles of interest. All of the vehicles of interest were ruled out except for a white Chevrolet Z71 pickup. The driver as well as the vehicle was not ever identified nor did anyone come forward.

On May 26, Mickey’s bike was located under the Whiskey Bay Bridge on I-10 with damage to the rear tire consistent with being struck by a vehicle.

On June 14, Investigators received information from a concerned citizen, regarding a white Z71 that may be involved in Mickey’s disappearance. The vehicle in question was registered to Brandon Lavergne. Further investigation revealed that the truck was reported stolen in Montgomery County, Texas and later located in San Jacinto County, Texas on May 31st. The truck had been burned just days after police released photographs of the truck as a vehicle of interest.

Based on information and surveillance detectives were able to positively identify the truck that traveled directly behind Mickey in the video as belonging to Brandon Lavergne. Investigators are also able to place Brandon Lavergne in and around the location of where the bicycle was located.

On Thursday, July 5, Louisiana State Police conducted a traffic stop on Lavergne near the intersection of I-10 and I-49. He was arrested on an unrelated warrant and transported to the Lafayette Police Department.

During questioning at Lafayette PD, Lavergne requested an attorney and has refused to cooperate any further with the investigation. At that time, he was additionally charged with the aggravated kidnapping and murder of Mickey Shunick.

This has been a very difficult ordeal for the Shunick Family and we thank them for their continuous cooperation, encouragement, and support in our attempts to determine what happened to Mickey. We want the family to know that we will not rest until we can fully know what happened to her. We continue our efforts to locate and bring Mickey home.

This type of case can overwhelm one agency. A tremendous amount of time, equipment, and resources have been put into this investigation. I would be remiss in my duties if I did not acknowledge and thank all of the agencies and private businesses that have been with us from day one of this case: LPSO, ULPD, Lafayette City Marshal’s Office, LSP, SMSO, SLSO, Iberia SO, Iberville SO, East Baton Rouge SO, Acadia SO, Patterson PD, FBI, US Marshal’s Service, LSP Crime Lab, Acadian Crime Lab, C & C Technologies, and Holbrook Media. It is these types of partnerships that have made an arrest possible in this matter.

megsy
07-08-2012, 01:49 PM
Montgomery County stolen vehicle turns into Louisiana murder charge (http://montgomerycountypolicereporter.com/?p=47925)

The same day the bicycle was found, the white Chevrolet Z-71pickup now believed to have been used in the crime, was reported stolen in Montgomery County, Texas by the truck’s owner, a 33-year-old registered sex offender named Brandon Scott Lavergne, of Lawtell, Louisiana. At the time, Texas authorities had no reason to suspect anything sinister. On May 31, the truck was found burned in San Jacinto County.

megsy
07-08-2012, 01:51 PM
Neighbor recalls bullying Lafayette murder suspect (http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/20120708/NEWS01/120708001/-They-gave-him-hell-Neighbor-recalls-bullying-Lafayette-murder-suspect)

Shirleen Thomas of Swords talks about her neighborhood between Lawtell and Eunice on Saturday. Thomas' home is near the mobile home belonging to Brandon Scott Lavergne, 33, who has been charged with aggravated kidnapping and first- degree murder in connection with the disappearance of Michaela "Mickey" Shunick.

megsy
07-08-2012, 01:53 PM
Neighbors Shocked by Arrest (http://theadvocate.com/home/3290776-125/neighbors-shocked-by-arrest-mom)


At first, Lavergne lived in a house at the corner of Elaine Lane and Leslie Road where his father had lived, neighbors said.

The house burned down about a year ago, said neighbor R.G. Harrison, and was later replaced with a mobile home.

Harrison said after the house burned, Lavergne visited him and asked if he had seen anything suspicious. That was one of the few times the two neighbors spoke, Harrison said.
<snip>

Busby said after the house burned, Lavergne sat inside her living room to talk to the fire marshal. After the fire, Lavergne went offshore and returned two weeks later with a box of sausage for her as a gesture of thanks, she said.

jujube
07-09-2012, 05:31 PM
Hoping this is the right place to post this:

New Details About Lavergne Traffic Stop + Investigation Process [Audio]

http://kpel965.com/new-details-about-lavergne-traffic-stop-investigation-process-audio/

megsy
07-09-2012, 07:22 PM
Hoping this is the right place to post this:

New Details About Lavergne Traffic Stop + Investigation Process [Audio]

http://kpel965.com/new-details-about-lavergne-traffic-stop-investigation-process-audio/
Here's the transcript I typed up. Hopefully it's accurate :)

Q: When something like this happens, and we know that there’s a whole bunch of other steps to go … thinking in terms of the alphabet this is maybe A or B I don’t know … but when you reach this stage and you’ve been at least able to string some of these points together and get an arrest, what’s the feeling in the department? Is it relief? Is it “it’s a small victory but boy there’s a lot to go in this war to finally put this case to rest”?

A: Yeah, you know, we’ve been working on this case and our multi-jurisdiction task force agencies all across this area – nationwide – have been assisting us in anything we’ve asked for and to finally get in a direction – a positive step – before I think we were stepping out in just about every direction there was because everything was on the table. And so when we received the information about this particular truck and this tip and as we gained more information not only about the owner – about Lavergne – but about the history of the truck … that it had been burned, and that it was reported stolen, we were able to verify through the video at Lafayette Consolidated Government along with other video that it was in fact Lavergne’s truck that traveled behind Mickey. Uh, some other information that we’re not just yet ready to release because of the ongoing investigation … it was definitely, you know, 1, 2, 3, 4 good steps in the right direction. And so, you know, to come from thousands of tips from A to Z and to finally have that direction ... it’s not relief but it gets us excited, you know, because we know we finally have a good direction we’re going in. We have an arrest, we have the guy that we know is responsible for her disappearance and that is definitely a positive. But don’t get me wrong, that task force that’s working out there, they know they have a lot of work to do left. As a matter of fact, our crime scene technicians are still at Lavergne’s residence at this hour.


Q: A lot of work to be done, such as …? What are the next steps for you guys?

A: Okay well first of all we’re searching his property right now … things such as, have to be determined if there’s any evidence value. Our technicians are going to go through his residence and the property around it based on the search warrant that we have and they’ll have to pick up things that they feel may have evidence value. And once that’s all brought in and have to be laid out and the detectives will have to come in and work with the crime scene technicians and make that determination. So that within itself is very difficult. But, you know, obviously people know phone records, cell phone records, all that comes into play. It’s not something that we have … that’s just within clicking on the Internet and pulling it. All that has to be subpoenaed, that takes time, a judge has to sign it, it has to be sent, it has to be filled out, sent back to us. Any DNA that is collected … unfortunately we don’t solve crimes in an hour like you see on TV. DNA has to be sent off, it has to be processed. Then you have to have something to compare it to. You know, just because you have a DNA – DNA from something – if you don’t have anything to compare it to, whether it would be the victim or person who was at the scene or the suspect then that’s basically all that you have … an XYZ DNA sample that you haven’t matched with anyone at all. So a lot of different things we’re doing … also areas that we are going to be searching for possible locations that Mickey may have been placed. We have a lot of ideas that we think that, you know, we try to put ourselves in his mindset as to what he would have done at that point and so we’re going to be searching those particular areas. And again, we’re going to call for the assistance of the members of our task force and their resources to help us in that as well.


Q: Has he given you anything? Any information – is he talking to you guys or is he strictly “talk to my lawyer” right now?

A: Well when initially was brought in – and I’m basing this off of one of the conversations I had with one of the lead detectives in this investigation – he did talk in general, you know, general conversation. But you have to understand, and this isn’t just with the Shunick case but in any case, someone that has been in the system, a criminal, and has a background and has dealt with law enforcement, has a system. And they’ll come in and it’s kind of a, you know, “let’s see what you have or what I have”, and so they’re going to fish us … basically try to seek out what information we have to determine if they’re going to even talk or not. And so, you know, that may have been the case but right now, you know, he came in and we put some question to him and unfortunately he feels the need – which is his right – to have an attorney. And so we’ll have to find other means to continue to piece our case together. But we still feel that we have a very strong case.


Q: How long ago did you get this tip on him? Can you share that?

A: Yeah, if I’m not mistaken, I believe the actual tip came in in June – 14th maybe – we received information from a concerned citizen about the Z-71 pickup. If you remember correctly I believe we had three to four vehicles of interest that were in the immediate area that we were very interested in. And we eliminated three – look, they were in the area, they confirmed they were in the area, but they all had, you know, credible stories and credible information that we felt they were not involved. But we never could find the Z-71. Not the driver, not the person, why wouldn’t that person come forward? Because you would know if you were driving in that area at the time. Fortunately because of the volunteers, because of the friends of the Mickey Shunick family just did such an excellent job with social media and getting the word out – continue to get the word out – that we just felt they would have known. And so we started investigating his background, with the plate, with the owner Lavergne and his background and then based off of that we were able to discover that, in fact, the vehicle had been burned and then after it was burned, that same day that it was reported stolen. You know, that’s some powerful information on top of some other things that we have that we haven’t released yet. So once we were able to gather everything – to get to the day that we were, which was yesterday – that we sat down with members of the district attorney’s office and we felt we have a strong case to get the warrants that we did, which were first degree murder and aggravated kidnapping – and put this guy in jail.


Q: Now Corporal, y’all said that he was arrested yesterday after a traffic stop on I-10 near I-49. What was it that he did that caused officers to pull him over? Was it just a coincidence that he happened to be pulled over and that ended up leading to his arrest when they discovered that he had a warrant?

A: Well, in the case we had been (pause, as if to think about answering) monitoring the uh, his whereabouts and his goings so we knew that he was working at the time – if I’m not mistaken he works for an oilfield company in an offshore capacity – and so we had been monitoring him. And so when it was told to us that he would be traveling, that information was passed on to the Louisiana State Police who were in the area as to what was happening. The initial charge, or the probable cause, for the violation – what they pulled him over for – I don’t have that information. But what I can tell you is, when they verified who he was and they ran his name it came back with the warrant for the registration as a sex offender.


Q: Now on that we learned that his driver’s license had been altered? To hide the fact that he was a sex offender? Maybe if you can just educate me – I’m not sure – sex offenders have something on their driver’s license that show, that signal, that they are on the registry?

A: That’s correct. I’m not exactly sure of the placement but on the driver’s license itself, they have “registered sex offender” on it if I’m not mistaken. And it’s my understanding that when he went to purchase the vehicle – the new vehicle – that that information was covered up so that it would not show up when he made the purchase. If I’m not mistaken.


Q: A question or so, Corporal Mouton, about I guess procedure and some of the decisions that you guys have to make. Now you mentioned a couple times about information that hasn’t been released. Maybe not just this case but in all investigations in general, why can you release some stuff and why can’t you? There’s been an arrest here … some might say “well, now all bets are off, let’s release it”.

A: You would think that would be the logic …

Q: Again, I’m one of those that watch TV and the crimes are all solved in 48 minutes, minus commercials.

A: You would think that would be the logic behind it but it’s not. You know, when people come in and provide statements and information to us, we want it to be the first time they provide that information. And if we provide details of crimes that only the perpetrator knows, and so when the person comes in to confess to the crime, or the witness comes in to give the information, if they don’t give that information that only that perpetrator would know, then chances are we would have to look into how credible that witness is or how credible this person that’s coming in to confess to this crime. So it’s real important that the details about the crime that are held for the investigation, until the investigation is complete and submitted to the district attorney’s office, that we’re able to verify people’s stories as to how credible the information they’re providing to us … You know, the second is that we don’t want them to be tried in the public. Everyone, regardless of what you think of someone, or the charges that they face, it’s so important that they be afforded that fair trial.

Q: Part of our country

A: And whether you like it or not, that’s exactly right. That’s the process. And so, it’s so important that we afford that. And another reason would be that we wouldn’t want a change of venue. You know, if everybody’s tainted with the information … You know, we want this suspect to be tried in our court system and where the crime was (sic) occurred. And if a jury pool cannot be pulled together and be unbiased in the decision that they make, then it’s going to be moved and we don’t want that.


Q: That’s the other question I had … when the news broke yesterday evening, the passions that were inflamed last night among everybody in Acadiana and when his name was released to the public last night, it was almost as if the majority – and this is on social media sites like facebook – it was almost as if the majority of the people had already tried and convicted him in their minds. What’s the possibility, do you think, that we’ll be able to find a fair, unbiased jury in Lafayette?

A: Ah, I don’t know if I want to give an opinion about that. I feel that there’s still people out there that still don’t know all the aspects of this case, one reason we don’t release all the information for one reason. And two, there’s some people out there that just don’t follow it as closely. You know, you talk about social media – definitely social media was our friend in this investigation, but it also hurt us in a lot of ways. A lot of ways in that it released information or there was rumor of information that wasn’t accurate. And, you know, it spread so fast, to curb that inaccuracy that that information that’s going out – is just very difficult. So, you know, there was a suspect’s name that was brought up early in this investigation and we really didn’t think this was the guy we were going in the right direction, but all these different sources were telling us things but it was all second and third hand information. So, you know, it can help you and it can hurt you. But I really feel that currently that any individual in this case would stand a fair trial here in the 15th Judicial District.


Q: Paul, about 20 seconds, what’s the very next step for you guys?

A: Process all this evidence, continue to interview witnesses or people that may have information now that the suspect’s name’s out. We’re going to get more people that have – “Oh I saw that guy here or I noticed this about him” and so that’s going to open up different avenues of directions that we’re going to need to go. And most importantly, most importantly of all, is to locate Mickey Shunick. And that – we will not stop until we can do that and put the Shunick family at ease.

Jan
07-09-2012, 08:21 PM
Mickey Shunick case is on Nancy Grace right now (Eastern time) and will be on again at 10 p.m. Her father is talking to Nancy.

megsy
07-10-2012, 10:11 AM
http://www.crowleytoday.com/view/full_story/19244757/article-Prior-arrest--prison-records-show-Lavergne-s-violent-nature?instance=home_news_lead


During his time in prison, he completed the adult sex offender program during which time he impressed the program’s director so much that he wrote him a glowing letter which was sent to the Louisiana Adult Probation and Parole Districts. Lavergne was referred to as ‘a man who assists other inmates with their workbooks, handouts, videos, etc. He is prompt, reliable and maintains a positive attitude in his work.’

megsy
07-10-2012, 10:14 AM
http://www.katc.com/news/brandon-lavergne-accused-of-domestic-abuse-in-1999-marriage/

The ex-wife claimed Lavergne physically abused her, outlining one incident just a few months after they were married in September 1999, where Lavergne allegedly hit her on the head and then tried to smother her. She stated in documents that the attack sent her to the hospital for CT scans.

megsy
07-10-2012, 11:06 AM
http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120710/NEWS01/207100305/Legal-experts-Venue-arguments-expected?sf5020242=1

Some legal experts say they think the chances are great Lavergne's attorneys, Clay Lejeune and Burleigh Doga, will ask for a change of venue based on the publicity the case has attracted nationally and locally.

"I think there is a 100-percent chance (Lavergne's attorneys) will ask for that," said Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court Louis Perret, "but I'm not sure if it will be granted."

megsy
07-10-2012, 11:09 AM
http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120710/NEWS01/207100304/Shunick-searches-continue-after-arrest?sf5019117=1

Cpl. Paul Mouton, spokesman with the Lafayette Police Department, said he is not aware of any out-of-state searches but did say the task force is searching for Shunick in areas that Lavergne "used or had knowledge of." Mouton also said Monday that investigators had searched Lavergne's home and the surrounding area, using dogs to cover much of the vacant territory near the property.

Although both Abdella and LPD are receiving tips from people reporting suspicious activity on their rural property, they are getting even more tips from those who knew Lavergne best.

megsy
07-10-2012, 11:13 AM
http://1079ishot.com/lafayette-police-say-more-tips-coming-in-could-lead-them-to-the-whereabouts-of-mickey-shunick/

In the article published by the Daily Advertiser, Abdella says more people that know Lavergne are speaking out. He says, “Some of them had an idea of where Mickey may be, and there were different areas they wanted us to search,” Abdella said. “Right now, what’s going on, we’re conducting different searches in different parishes and even out of state.”

megsy
07-10-2012, 11:13 AM
http://www.katc.com/news/mickey-shunick-s-dad-comments-on-arrest/


"If she is still alive out there, I'd bargain with [Lavergne]," said Shunick. "As far as I'm concerned, he can go [free] if it'd bring my daughter back, but if he's buried the body out there, I don't want to bargain for that."

megsy
07-10-2012, 11:15 AM
http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120710/NEWS01/120710011/BREAKING-NEWS-Lavergne-scheduled-go-grand-jury-July-18?sf5020789=1

Brandon Scott Lavergne will face a grand jury on July 18, charged with aggravated kidnapping and first-degree murder in the disappearance of Mickey Shunick, according to 15th Judicial District Attorney Mike Harson.

Harson responded to questions via email Tuesday morning to confirm the case was on the docket. He said Assistant District Attorney Keith Stoutes will handle the case before the grand jury.

megsy
07-10-2012, 02:49 PM
http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120708/NEWS01/207080340

Sunny and sunnier

Friends and family use many words — shy, strong, smart, sweet — to describe Shunick.

Just ask them about her and you'll learn she was an avid bicyclist and animal lover, a woman who hated feet, a student who hoped to study in Africa one day.

"Mickey is just a big ball of sunshine," said friend Ashley Says, who often turned to Shunick as her confidant. "It radiates out through her platinum blonde hair."

megsy
07-10-2012, 03:01 PM
http://www.theind.com/news/10922-crowley-hairdresser-lavergne-had-knife-wound-on-neck

Brandon Scott Lavergne’s last hair appointment with Holly Bourriague was June 20, one month after 21-year-old Mickey Shunick went missing. The stylist noticed a cut on his neck that she says appeared to be a knife wound.

“It kind of looked like he would have gotten stabbed or something,” says Bourriague, who works at the SmartStyle salon in the Crowley Walmart. “It looked like it had been the size of a knife [cut].” Bourriague says she could not tell how old the wound was but does not remember noticing it before.

The Independent interviewed Bourriague Monday by phone, her voice cracking several times as she related Lavergne’s last visit to her salon on June 20 and the plans the two made for what would have been their first date when he returned from his offshore job. Bourriague says Lavergne was not a regular customer. Over the past three years she estimates she cut his hair five times.

megsy
07-10-2012, 03:05 PM
http://www.wafb.com/story/18990978/grand-jury-hearing-scheduled-for-brandon-lavergne

Grand jury hearing scheduled for Brandon Lavergne

LAFAYETTE, LA (WAFB) -

The man investigators say is responsible for the disappearance of UL-Lafayette student Mickey Shunick is scheduled to go before a grand jury in Lafayette on July 18.

Brandon Lavergne, 33, a convicted sex offender, is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping.

megsy
07-10-2012, 03:08 PM
http://www.raynetoday.com/view/full_story/19244757/article-Prior-arrest--prison-records-show-Lavergne-s-violent-nature?instance=home_news_lead

Prior arrest, prison records show Lavergne's violent nature

EVANGELINE PARISH – As has previously been reported, Brandon Scott Lavergne, the man in custody for the aggravated kidnapping and murder of Michaela ‘Mickey’ Shunick, was a registered sex offender at the time of his arrest.

The Post-Signal has attained public records of his prior arrest and conviction for his 1999 arrest for forced oral copulation. The victim’s name is being withheld as a measure of respect to her and her family.

megsy
07-10-2012, 03:13 PM
http://www.beauregarddailynews.net/news/x1880837118/Former-Ft-Polk-soldier-arrested-in-connection-with-missing-college-student

Former Ft. Polk soldier arrested in connection with missing college student

Her friends wept openly at a police news conference on Friday, comforted by search party members and community supporters who'd been working to locate the 21-year-old Shunick for almost two months.

megsy
07-10-2012, 11:59 PM
http://www.ksla.com/story/18984354/mickey-shunicks-father-talks-about-lavergnes-arrest


With Video
Mickey Shunick's father talks about Lavergne's arrest

An obviously shaken Tom Shunick is trying to process the chain of events that led to the arrest of Brandon Lavergne; the man police say is responsible for his daughter's disappearance. "I knew they had a suspect they thought was involved in this thing a week before the arrest was made," said Tom Shunick, Mickey Shunick's father.

megsy
07-11-2012, 08:31 PM
http://www.klfy.com/story/18959578/arrest-made-in

Each day we find out more about the man police believe is responsible for Mickey Shunick's disappearance. Wednesday, TV0 learned that at the time of his arrest, a woman known as Lavergne's girlfriend, was brought into police headquarters for questioning, and later released.

While we've learned about his incarceration for a sex crime, and his history of domestic abuse, we've now learned during the Shunick search, Lavergne was in Crowley attending church.

megsy
07-11-2012, 08:32 PM
http://techetoday.com/bookmark/19268705-Eyes-on-Whiskey-Bay

For residents of St. Martin Parish, one of the most intriguing elements of the state’s case against Brandon Scott Lavergne in the Mickey Shunick disappearance is a terse phrase in a Lafayette Police Department release: “Investigators are also able to place Brandon Lavergne in and around the location of where the bicycle was located.”

Which raises the question how.

Read more: TecheToday.com - Eyes on Whiskey Bay

megsy
07-11-2012, 08:34 PM
http://www.dailyworld.com/article/20120711/NEWS01/207110314/Lavergne-go-before-grand-jury

Lavergne to go before grand jury

A grand jury will be asked on July 18 to decide if there's probable cause to indict Brandon Scott Lavergne, 33, of Swords on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping in connection with the disappearance of UL student Mickey Shunick of Lafayette.

"A prompt presentation to the grand jury was expected," considering the magnitude of the case and the tremendous amount of publicity it has received, Crowley attorney Clay Lejeune, one of Lavergne's defense attorneys, told The Daily Advertiser on Tuesday.

...

"The district attorney can invite the accused to come in and participate in the discussions," he said. "The district attorney has not offered an invitation at this time for Mr. Lavergne to testify before the grand jury."

...

Grand jury findings usually are announced the same day as the hearing.

"I would expect something on the afternoon of the 18th," Lejeune said.

bessie
07-13-2012, 04:20 AM
New Developments in Shunick Case (http://theadvocate.com/news/3334883-123/New-Developments-in-Shunick-case)

July 13, 2012
"KATC–TV reported Thursday that the incident report states Lavergne showed up at Oschner Hospital just after 11 p.m. on May 19. Lavergne, who had been stabbed in the chest, back, neck and hand, said he was attacked outside a gas station at 3 p.m. that day, the TV station reported.
Lavergne also claimed his wallet was stolen, KATC reported."



Lavergne Questioned in Jefferson Parish, May 19th (http://www.katc.com/news/lavergne-questioned-in-jefferson-parish-may-19th/)|

Posted: Jul 12, 2012 5:13 PM by Letitia Walker
Updated: Jul 12, 2012 5:34 PM

"Deputies say they arrived at Oschner Hospital on Jefferson Highway just after 11:00 pm on May 19, 2012 after a man showed up there after being stabbed. The victim, identified as Brandon Lavergne, told police he was attacked outside of a gas station."

megsy
07-13-2012, 11:37 PM
Deputies: Lavergne treated at hospital hours after Shunick's disappearance (http://www.wafb.com/story/19020031/deputies-lavergne-treated-at-hospital-hours-after-shunicks-disappearance)

Posted: Jul 13, 2012 12:32 PM CDT Updated: Jul 13, 2012 7:05 PM CDT

LAFAYETTE, LA (WAFB) -

Documents show the man arrested in connection with a missing college student went to a hospital hours after the 22-year-old woman was last seen.

According to a police report out of Jefferson Parish, Brandon Lavergne was treated for stab wounds at a hospital around 10 p.m. on the same day.

megsy
07-13-2012, 11:39 PM
JP deputy's incident report could be part of Shunick probe (http://www.fox8live.com/story/19023050/jp-deputys-incident-report-could-be-part-of-missing-students-probe)

Updated: Jul 13, 2012 6:29 PM CDT

FOX 8 News has obtained an incident report from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Department, written by a deputy who interviewed Lavergne after he showed up with stab wounds at Ochsner Hospital on Jefferson Highway, hours after Shunick went missing in Lafayette.

"The victim was known to have carried a sharp object along with some pepper spray," said Tulane criminologist Wade Schindler.

megsy
07-13-2012, 11:45 PM
Lavergne's Whereabouts After Mickey's Disappearance Becomes Clearer (http://www.katc.com/news/lavergne-s-whereabouts-after-mickey-s-disappearance-becomes-clearer/)

Posted: Jul 12, 2012 10:40 PM by Maddie Garrett
Source: KATC
Updated: Jul 12, 2012 10:44 PM

Until now, there was a gaping hole in what is known about Lavergne's whereabouts after Mickey disappeared. Surveillance video captured her on St. Landry Street at 1:48 a.m. On May 19th. Moments after, the white pick up truck police believe is Lavergne's can be seen following Mickey.

After that, it appears he headed east on I-10 to New Orleans. On May 19th, Lavergne checked into Oschner Hospital on Jefferson Highway around 11:00 pm, claiming he had been attacked and stabbed several times by a stranger at an unknown gas station.

megsy
07-13-2012, 11:47 PM
Police will continue to search more land in connection with Lavergne (http://www.katc.com/news/police-will-continue-to-search-land-in-connection-with-lavergne/)

Posted: Jul 12, 2012 5:26 PM by Erin Steuber
Updated: Jul 12, 2012 6:24 PM

Police clear three areas of what they're calling "suspicious mounds of dirt" in the search for Mickey Shunick. A Lawtell land owner reported the mounds, near Saint Ann Catholic Church in Lawtell, only a few miles from suspect Brandon Lavergne's home. Although the search turned up nothing, police say they will not stop looking. Wednesday night police received a tip from a farmer in Lawtell saying he found suspicious mounds of dirt near his property.

OldSteve
07-14-2012, 02:25 PM
Lavergne suspect already in death of a young woman
Read more:
http://www.kaplantoday.com/view/full_story/19322273/article-Lavergne-suspect-already-in-death-of-a-young-woman?instance=home_news_lead

megsy
07-15-2012, 10:55 AM
Finding Mickey Shunick, two months later (http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120715/NEWS01/207150335)

11:49 PM, Jul 14, 2012

Charlie Shunick has found herself exhausted since Lavergne's arrest, especially since it has not yet led police to her sister.

"Brandon Lavergne is a person who may be responsible for my sister's disappearance," Charlie Shunick said Friday in an email to The Daily Advertiser. "But he hasn't led us to finding her, so he's just another piece of the puzzle that still hasn't produced the only result we care about — bringing Mickey home."

...

"There is a reason police are saying she is deceased though, and we certainly keep that in mind," Charlie Shunick said. "But until I am standing over her casket at the funeral, I am going to believe that she is out there somewhere waiting for us to find her."

When asked whether Rowe had a shred of hope left that her daughter could be alive, she responded "maybe just one."

megsy
07-15-2012, 11:00 AM
Craft: We don't know where she is, and he does (http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120715/NEWS01/207150336/Craft-We-don-t-know-where-she-he-does?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE)

Craft said police are still not sure whether Shunick was ever in Lavergne's mobile home, but crime scene investigators processed the scene "like she was." There was no body or human remains, nor a GPS, in the burned-out truck, but Craft said there very likely was evidence related to the case.

...

Craft understands the public's frustration with the department releasing so few details about the case, and admits that police have information and evidence that fills in a lot of blanks and answers a lot of lingering questions. But he is just as adamant that most of those details will not be released until the court proceedings get under way.

megsy
07-15-2012, 11:02 AM
Troubles follow suspect (http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120715/NEWS01/207150334/Troubles-follow-suspect)

2:49 AM, Jul 15, 2012

A 13-hour gap exists between the time Brandon Scott Lavergne's pickup truck was recorded on the same surveillance video as Mickey Shunick and when he turned up in a New Orleans hospital with stab wounds.

But Police Chief Jim Craft said Thursday that authorities have information to fill that gap. They also possess enough evidence to link Lavergne to Shunick's May 19 disappearance and her suspected murder, he said.

megsy
07-17-2012, 09:48 AM
Timeline in Mickey Shunick's disappearance:

May 18, 2012, 10:15 p.m.: MS and friends attended a concert at Artmosphere.

May 19, 2012, 12:44 a.m.: MS rides bike back to Ryan Street residence with BW.

May 19, 2012, 1:24 a.m.: MS seen in surveillance video at Taco Bell.

May 19, 2012, 1:31 a.m.: MS receives a call from her friend; it was the last time her phone was used.

May 19, 2012, 1:45 a.m.: MS begins to ride her bike home from BW's Ryan Street residence.

May 19, 2012, 1:47 a.m.: MS is caught on camera, riding her bike, on Versailles Boulevard.

May 19, 2012, 1:48 a.m.: MS is caught on camera, riding her bike, on St. Landry Street.

May 19, 2012, 1:48 a.m.: BSL’s truck caught on camera after Mickey passed the same camera.

May 19, 2012, 3:00 p.m.: BSL says he was attacked at a gas station in the New Orleans area, repeatedly stabbed by an unknown man.

May 19, 2012, 6:30 p.m.: MS's family reports her missing to police.

May 19, 2012, 9:27 p.m.: KATC first reports on their website that LPD is looking for MS.

May 19, 2012, 10:14 p.m.: Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is called to Oschner Hospital (1516 Jefferson Highway) in reference to BSL receiving medical treatment for several stab wounds to the chest, neck, back and hand.

May 19, 2012, 10:16 p.m.: Call to JPSO is dispatched to the responding officer, JP146. Security personnel tell him NOPD has just finished up with BSL. (According to BSL, NOPD interviewed him for two hours. That would put NOPD there at approximately 8:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. BSL would have arrived at Oschner no later than about 8:00 p.m.)

May 19, 2012, 10:51 p.m.: JP146 advises JP184 that BSL is uncooperative.

May 20, 2012: The first search party is organized from BW’s house on Ryan Street.

May 20, 2012: Reward of $10,000 is offered.

May 21, 2012: Reward money is doubled to $20,000.

May 21, 2012, 4:20 p.m.: LPD issues its first press release about MS, releasing a picture and description of her and her bike.

May 21, 2012, 6:15 p.m.: LPD issues a press release about the dedicated tips line for citizens to call with information.

May 22, 2012, 7:30 p.m.: Candlelight vigil is held at Parc Sans Souci in downtown Lafayette.

May 23, 2012: Reward increased to $25,000

May 24, 2012: Search headquarters moves from Ryan Street to Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Student Center.

May 24, 2012: Texas EquuSearch comes to town.

May 24, 2012, 4:00 p.m.: LPD issues a press release asking business owners and residents with video surveillance equipment to review footage from May 19th, between the hours of 1:30 and 3:30 am.

May 25, 2012: The video surveillance photos of MS on Versailles and the White Truck on St. Landry traveling in the opposite direction MS traveled are released to the public.

May 26, 2012: MS's bike is located by fishermen under the Whiskey Bay Bridge.

May 26, 2012: The video surveillance photos of the White Truck with the bed cover on University, the White Truck on St. Landry traveling in the same direction as MS, and the two pictures of the Hooptie on University and St. Landry are released to the public.

May 26, 2012: BSL reports his truck as stolen in Montgomery County, TX, according to a Montgomery Police Reporter website. (See also, May 31.)

May 26, 2012: LPD cancels its scheduled press conference stating there are no new updates

May 26, 2012, 12:42 p.m.: BSL’s girlfriend’s family member posts online about her dating a creepy RSO, linking to BSL’s RSO page.

May 27, 2012: MS's bike is recovered by LE under the Whiskey Bay Bridge.

May 27, 2012, 5:00 p.m.: Benefit concert held in Downtown Lafayette

May 28, 2012: Police continue to search Whiskey Bay Bridge area.

May 28, 2012: BSL verified by St. Landry Police as a RSO.

May 30, 2012: Volunteer searches are suspended for the day.

May 30, 2012: Shunick family officially hires Private Investigator, John Abdella.

May 30, 2012, 11:00 a.m.: LPD issues a press release stating they have both identified and ruled out the operators and occupants of both the “hooptie” and the white pickup truck with a bed cover.

May 30, 2012, around 9:00 p.m.: Investigators return to the Whiskey Bay area to re-examine it with sonar. Nothing of value is located.

May 31, 2012: Volunteer searches resume.

May 31, 2012: BSL reports his truck as stolen in Montgomery County, TX. (See also, May 26.)

May 31, 2012: BSL’s truck is found burned in San Jacinto County, TX.

May 31, 2012: BSL files motion to be removed from the sex offender registry. Hearing is scheduled for August 9th.

May 31, 2012, 9:51 a.m.: BSL rents a red Chevrolet Aveo in Spring, TX, through an insurance claim on said stolen truck.

June 1, 2012, 11:55 a.m.: LPD issues press release stating that beginning at 7:00 p.m., an answering machine will record all tips as it is no longer feasible to answer the tips line 24 hours a day.

June 2, 2012: Texas EquuSearch heads out of Lafayette.

June 3, 2012.: BSL attends church in Crowley, LA.

June 4, 2012: BSL purchases a white, Z-71 pickup truck from Don’s Wholesale in Lafayette.

June 4, 2012, 4:57 p.m.: BSL returns rental car in Lafayette.

June 6, 2012: Special K-9s Recovery Specialists are in town searching.

June 7, 2012: P.I. John Abdella releases statement about receiving credible information about two people who could be involved in MS’s dissapearance.

June 10, 2012: MS Headquarters moved to South College Shopping Center. Volunteer foot searches halted “until new leads are developed”.

June 14, 2012: LPD get a tip from a concerned citizen that BSL's truck was found burned in Texas.

June 20, 2012: Divers return to Whiskey Bay to search again.

June 20, 2012: BSL gets haircut in Crowley, LA. Tells hairdresser he is supposedly going offshore the next day for 2 weeks.

July 4, 2012: BSL returns from an “about the last two weeks” offshore hitch.

July 5, 2012: BSL arrested on aggravated kidnapping and first degree murder.

July 6, 2012: Investigative searches end at BSL’s residence.

July 6, 2012: BSL assigned two public defenders, Clay Lejeune and Burleigh Doga.

July 14, 2012: Texas Equusearch back in Lafayette to search for Mickey without volunteer searchers.
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July 18, 2012: BSL scheduled to appear before a Grand Jury in Lafayette Parish.


Mickey's whereabouts = purple
BSL = red
News = green

megsy
07-17-2012, 04:50 PM
Hearing set for July 27 for suspect in Shunick case (http://theadvocate.com/news/3363995-123/shunicksuspectseekinghearing)



By jason brown

Acadiana bureau

July 17, 2012

LAFAYETTE — Brandon Scott Lavergne will appear before a 15th Judicial District judge July 27 at 9 a.m. for a preliminary examination and bond reduction in connection with his arrest in the May 19 disappearance of Michaela “Mickey” Shunick of Lafayette.

Judge Herman C. Clause signed the order Tuesday afternoon.

OldSteve
07-18-2012, 01:02 AM
Eight weeks later, still questions in Mickey Shunick case-
http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20120716/NEWS03/120716013/Eight-weeks-later-still-questions-Mickey-Shunick-case

OldSteve
07-19-2012, 01:02 PM
Lavergne charged with murders of Mickey Shunick, second woman-
http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20120719/NEWS01/120719005/Lavergne-charged-Mickey-Shunick-second-woman-s-murders?odyssey=nav%7Chead

KateB
07-19-2012, 03:55 PM
07/16/2012 06:16 PM by Jenise Fernandez

Equusearch is again searching for Mickey Shunick. Lafayette Police asked the search and recovery team Equusearch to come back two days after Brandon Lavergne's kidnapping and murder arrest. Equusearch was here for about a week soon after Mickey's disappearance in May. They left after exhausting all leads.
About a dozen Equusearch team members were searching today in St. Martin Parish, but still no sign of Mickey.

more at link.
http://www.katc.com/full-coverage/searching-for-mickey-shunick/#fcanchor

bessie
07-21-2012, 02:38 AM
Facts about Brandon Scott Lavergne:

Born in 1979 and grew up in Church Point, LA

04/12/99 -- Twenty year old BSL broke into a home in Redell, LA, in Evangeline Parish, and brutally assaulted a young woman who was alone inside. He was later convicted of aggravated oral sexual battery and served an eight year sentence.

http://www.katc.com/news/details-on-lavergne-s-sexual-battery-charge-and-jail-time/

06/99 -- Lisa Pate is reported missing. On or about July 3, 1999, she was allegedly murdered by Brandon Scott Lavergne.

http://www.katc.com/news/families-await-justice/

09/17/99 -- BSL married a woman in Natchitoches, LA. In 2000, while still stationed at Fort Polk in Leesville, LA, he faced charges of domestic abuse but was never convicted. His wife was granted a divorce in October, 2000.

http://www.katc.com/news/brandon-lavergne-accused-of-domestic-abuse-in-1999-marriage/

09/21/99 - Lisa Pate's body discovered under wooden boards behind a rented house off of Hwy 358 between Eunice and Church Point, LA.

http://www.katc.com/news/families-await-justice/
http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20120720/NEWS03/120720027/Brandon-Scott-Lavergne-indictment-opens-up-cold-cases

12/24/1999 -- Lavergne's wife entered the ER at Fort Polk Hospital with head injuries. According to his wife, BSL beat her in the head with his fists and attempted to smother her.

02/2000 -- Lavergne physically assaulted his estranged wife at her place of employment. On 02/09/00, BSL's wife files for divorce. BSL is served at the Fort Polk Detention Center where he was held for leaving the Army without permission.

http://www.dailyworld.com/article/20120711/NEWS01/207110314/Lavergne-go-before-grand-jury?nclick_check=1

02/25/00-07/05/00 -- Pine Prairie Detention Center.
07/06/00-07/30/00 -- Reception and Diagnostic Center at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center
07/31/00-01/14/02 -- Winn Correctional Center
01/15/02-09/22/05 -- C Paul Phelps Correctional Center, DeQuincy, LA, Calcasieu Parish
09/23/05-08/09/08 -- Avoyelles Correctional Center

Served 85% of his sentence, and released on Good Time Parole Supervision.
Registered as a Tier III Sex Offender. Released from parole 02/10/10.

Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community - View Single Post - BSL - More Victims????

http://www.icrimewatch.net/offenderdetails.php?OfndrID=1417897&AgencyID=54450
http://www.dailyworld.com/article/20120711/NEWS01/207110314/Lavergne-go-before-grand-jury?nclick_check=1

04/08 -- A grand jury in Acadia Parish hears evidence in the murder of Lisa Pate. BSL is not indicted.

http://www.katc.com/news/da-provides-more-insight-on-pate-shunick-cases/

07/10 -- Purchased property off Hwy 190 in St. Landry Parish in the Bayou Ridge Subdivision, corner of Elaine Ln and Leslie Rd.

05/19/12 -- Mickey Shunick goes missing in Lafayette, LA while riding her bike home in the early morning hours. LE alleges BSL kidnapped her between St. Landry Street and Blackham Coliseum.

http://www.katc.com/news/police-pinpoint-mickey-s-steps-surveillance-video-provides-lead/

07/05/12 -- BSL is arrested at his home in the Lawtell area near Church Point, LA.

http://www.katc.com/news/lavergne-arrested-on-first-degree-murder-charge/
http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120705/BREAKING_NEWS04/120705038/Arrest-made-Mickey-Shunick-case

07/18/12 -- He was indicted for the murders of Lisa Pate and Mickey Shunick.
http://www.katc.com/news/lavergne-indictments-bittersweet-for-shunick-family/

http://www.katc.com/full-coverage/searching-for-mickey-shunick/

OldSteve
07-25-2012, 09:16 PM
Former Miss Church Point Claire Higginbotham says she's been living in fear of Brandon Lavergne for the last 13 years. She refused to get a restraining because she was scared of retaliation.
http://www.katc.com/news/lavergne-al...-church-point/

OldSteve
08-05-2012, 12:26 PM
Suspect in Mickey Shunick's death may have moved body -
http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20120804/NEWS03/120804024/Suspect-Mickey-Shunick-s-death-may-moved-body?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

OldSteve
08-06-2012, 12:52 PM
State lays out plan in Shunick, Pate cases -
http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120803/NEWS01/120803010/New-document-puts-light-what-prosecutors-think-happened-Mickey-Shunick?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

OldSteve
08-08-2012, 05:55 PM
Reports: Mickey Shunick's body found-
http://www.wlox.com/story/19219091/mikey-shunicks-body-found



'Mickey Shunick' Body Is Excavated, Jewelry and Clothing Found-
http://abcnews.go.com/US/body-believed-mickey-shunicks-excavated-jewelry-clothing-found/story?id=16957845#.UCLgFfZlQf0

Patty G
08-08-2012, 06:55 PM
Mickey Shunick Missing: Body of Louisiana College Student Believed Found

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/07/mickey-shunick-found_n_1754009.html?icid=maing-grid7|main5|dl4|sec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D189761

OldSteve
08-09-2012, 11:08 AM
Layafette police hope to ID human remains today or Friday-
http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/20120809/NEWS01/120809002/Layafette-police-hope-ID-human-remains-today-Friday?odyssey=nav%7Chead

ID procedures begin in Mickey Shunick case-
http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20120809/NEWS03/120809014/ID-procedures-begin-in-Mickey-Shunick-case?odyssey=tab|mostpopular|text|FRONTPAGE

GulfCoastKAT
08-10-2012, 12:28 AM
http://www.katc.com/videos/mickey-shunick-10pm-coverage/

Dental records confirm identification of Mickey Shunick's remains. Also, a look back through the last 82 days with Jim Hummel of KATC.

bessie
08-14-2012, 01:28 AM
Disclosure, Production, Notice to Defendant, Request for State's Discovery (PDF) - 08-01-2012 (http://kpel965.com/files/2012/08/Disclosure-Production-Notice-to-Defendant-and-Request-for-States-Discovery.pdf)

Lavergne Psych Eval (PDF) - 08-08-2012 (http://www.theadvertiser.com/assets/pdf/DG194554912.PDF)

Statement in Support of Plea (PDF) - 08-17-2012 (http://www.theind.com/extras/S35C-412081712230.pdf)

OldSteve
08-18-2012, 02:29 PM
Mickey Shunick Fought for Her Life, Court Documents Reveal -
http://news.yahoo.com/mickey-shunick-fought-her-life-court-documents-reveal-180142987--abc-news-topstories.html

also:
http://news.yahoo.com/mickey-shunick-fought-her-life-court-documents-reveal-180142987--abc-news-topstories.html

princesspjs
08-18-2012, 03:46 PM
Details reveal murdered college student tried desperately to fend off attacker

A Louisiana college student desperately tried to fend off her killer by spraying him with mace and even stabbing him several times with his own knife before he fatally shot her, according to details revealed Friday in a guilty plea hearing.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/08/17/louisiana-man-pleads-guilty-in-slayings-two-women/?intcmp=trending#ixzz23veGqsnc

Mustang Sally
11-20-2012, 03:42 PM
Forget Me Not Video's: Parts 1, 2 & 3

http://www.klfy.com/story/19947279/forget-me-not

Rest In Peace Mighty Mickey Shunick

bessie
01-11-2013, 01:04 AM
January 9, 2013

Lavergne recants confession (http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20130109/NEWS01/301090306/Lavergne-recants-confessions)

3:03 A.M., Jan 9, 2013
written by Claire Taylor

Now he wants the court to throw out his guilty pleas in the killings of Shunick last year and the earlier slaying of Lisa Pate, a Lafayette Parish woman whose body was found near Church Point in 1999.

In addition, Lavergne asked the court to throw out any evidence and statements collected after a Lafayette Parish grand jury indicted him for both murders July 18. He claims the indictments were illegal and evidence obtained after the July 18 are "fruits of the poisonous tree."


Mother of Mickey Shunick comments on Brandon Scott Lavergne's efforts to overturn sentence (http://kpel965.com/mother-of-mickey-shunick-comments-on-brandon-scott-lavergnes-efforts-to-overturn-sentence/)

Lafayette, LA (KPEL)
Mickey’s mother, Nancy Anne Rowe, took to Facebook Wednesday afternoon, and she had very choice words for the process Lavergne has started.

"Since people keep asking me what I think about the recent news:
I think a 230 pound man in a custom, extended-cab pickup truck ran down a 100 pound girl on a bicycle. I think he picked her because she was tiny; he thought she would be easy to control while alive and easy to dispose of when dead.
He was wrong on one of these counts; Mickey knew it was a fight to the death, and she fought for her life until Brandon Scott Lavergne shot her through the head. After stabbing her a number of times. Her death certificate says “Primary cause of death: gun shot wound to the head”. “Secondary cause of death: multiple stab wounds.”
Self-defense? Torture? Pressure? Incompentence?
Poor, poor little man. Life is tough.
Mickey is the only part of this that has ever been important to us. She always will be important to us. Always."

Edited Audio of Brandon Lavergne riding in police car (http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid2033647195001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAACltpJ3k~,wSHuvsr DacKQ-0LR9wqmYcYO2I268C6E&bctid=2081955324001)

January 8, 2013

KATC: Brandon Scott Lavergne files to have conviction dismissed (http://www.katc.com/news/brandon-scott-lavergne-files-to-have-conviction-dismissed-pdf-/)

BSL Appeal (Redacted) (http://www.katc.com/files/BLS%20Appeal%20%28REDACTED%29.pdf)

Prosecutors confident case against Lavergne solid (http://www.katc.com/full-coverage/searching-for-mickey-shunick/)

January 8, 2013
by Erin Steuber

"We're not worried about it," said [ADA Daniel] Landry. "The plea agreement that the prosecution team put into the record was signed off on by all parties. There was a plea agreement, and then there was a factual statement, that was read into the record and he was asked, under oath, if he concurred with it. So most of those bases are unfounded in our opinion."

missgulfsouth
01-11-2013, 01:41 PM
I'm really late to this case! Mickey disappeared around the same timeline that Jaren Lockhart's body was found here in BSL and so I was following Jaren's case (still no justice in that case yet). I read the complete timeline on Mickey's case just this morning, and I have to say, this guy is a complete "piece". He tried to rape his own pregnant sister. His lawyers make him sound so remorseful and that's why he led LE to her body. No! He's a manipulative sicko who won't control himself. He is right where he belongs for the remainder of his despicable life, at the end of which he will get what he truly deserves.

Foxfire
01-28-2013, 11:36 PM
http://video.msnbc.msn.com/dateline/50620866#50620866

Dateline NBC update- preview of Mickey Shunick story.. Tomorrow night 10 pm est

rachelle
01-29-2013, 08:07 PM
http://video.msnbc.msn.com/dateline/50620866#50620866

Dateline NBC update- preview of Mickey Shunick story.. Tomorrow night 10 pm est

Bumping this for tonight's show :)

justwannahelp
01-29-2013, 09:37 PM
at 9pm Central time is a dateline on Mickey TONIGHT

Curious Me
01-30-2013, 12:30 AM
:wave: Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Dateline tonight at 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Charlene Shunick opens up about her sister's disappearance and the night she went missing.

Foxfire
01-30-2013, 10:06 AM
For those who missed it last night:

http://video.msnbc.msn.com/dateline/50634174/#50634174

Dateline | Aired on January 30, 2013
Missing Mickey, Part 1 of 6 total..

21-year-old Mickey Shunick mysteriously vanishes late one night and without a trace. Dateline NBC's Josh Mankiewicz reports.

:+:MrTT:+:
01-30-2013, 06:45 PM
For those who missed it last night:

http://video.msnbc.msn.com/dateline/50634174/#50634174

Dateline | Aired on January 30, 2013
Missing Mickey, Part 1 of 6 total..

21-year-old Mickey Shunick mysteriously vanishes late one night and without a trace. Dateline NBC's Josh Mankiewicz reports.

I just got caught up on this case, watching the videos.
Thank-you for posting. And I am happy they found her and brought her home.

bessie
02-08-2013, 09:27 PM
January 31, 2013

Lavergne requests gag order, investigation into mail tampering (http://www.katc.com/news/lavergne-requests-gag-order-investigation-into-mail-tampering/)

Jan 31, 2013
by Ian Auzenne
KATC
Convicted murderer Brandon Scott Lavergne has asked a district court judge to issue a gag order against the District Attorney Mike Harson's office until a ruling is made on his appeal.

Brandon Lavergne seeks gag order, names of witnesses in case (http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20130131/NEWS01/130131019/Brandon-Lavergne-seeks-gag-order-names-witnesses-case)

Jan 31, 2013
by Claire Taylor
The Advertiser
Brandon Scott Lavergne, the confessed killer of UL co-ed Mickey Shunick, is asking a judge for a gag order , for the names of witnesses who testified against him at grand jury hearings and the transcript of a secretly-recorded meeting with his ex-wife while he was jailed in 2004

February 5, 2013

Prosecutors have deadline to answer Lavergne motions (http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20130206/NEWS01/302060309/Prosecutors-deadline-answer-Lavergne-motions)

Feb 05, 2013
by Claire Taylor
The Advertiser

Fifteenth Judicial District Judge Herman Clause has given prosecutors a Feb. 15 deadline to respond to a host of post-trial motions filed by Brandon Scott Lavergne, the convicted killer of Mickey Shunick and Lisa Pate.

February 8, 2013

Lavergne wants guilty plea tossed (http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20130208/NEWS01/302080313/Lavergne-wants-guilty-plea-tossed)

Feb 08, 2013
by Claire Taylor
The Advertiser

In the latest court filings, Lavergne alleges Lafayette Parish officials had no jurisdiction to suddenly charge him in July 2012 with the 1999 murder of Lisa Pate because Acadia Parish had always had jurisdiction in that case.

Lavergne also argued that his court-appointed attorneys were ineffective, provided no defense and erred in encouraging him to plead guilty when he adamantly denied having murdered either woman and was suffering what he called "a mental break."