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  1. #31
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    I took this picture last year on my way to Hammond.

    http://i.imgur.com/mdyJ0.jpg

    This is basically all you see for many many miles (from Whiskey Bay exit, all the way to ...? right before you hit Baton Rouge). Some areas along the route are more shrouded by trees, and as you can imagine, at night, you can't see anything. But yeah, big mass of swampy terrain with alligators.

    A lot of people go to the Atchafalaya Basin for recreation, and Whiskey Bay is one of the areas used to launch into it. I wish I had a better picture of Whiskey Bay exit, but I don't.
    Last edited by bitizen; 05-28-2012 at 01:16 AM. Reason: for those wanting to know about the area


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    Locals need to remember that anyone acting squirrelier than usual or someone that hasn't shown up for work or quit recently or got rid of their vehicle could be related to the case.
    Far out there-but you never know.


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    Frantically trying to catch up here. I attended a family event today with music, no television. Someone turned on the news tonight just as we were leaving, and my husband said he heard the reporter say Mickey's bike was recovered. I thought he might have misunderstood, but from the few posts I've just read here, I guess he was right. D*mn! My heart aches for Mickey's family right now. On the one hand, any new development that moves closer to the truth is good. On the other, when you stop and realize the implications, you wish you'd never heard it. There are still no answers, but the questions become more difficult.

    Sending up more prayers for Mickey and her family.
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    I don't know. The perp's already proven he is a taker of huge risks. I don't think his actions were chosen out of stupidity. I think it was experience and conceit.

    I could be completely wrong, but it seems the risk of being seen were not big concerns to him. MOO
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    Great pic of the atchafalaya swamp but its tame looking compared to the whiskey bay exit. Yep wish someone had a pic of the exit as you get off it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmidty View Post
    Chicken fried, I like your speculation as I tend to try and put myself in the perp's shoes also. I think the perp is local, though, and has Mickey in Lafayette. The only way he would keep going on I-10 is if he had resources to do so and a place to take her ...where is he going? I think he made the turnaround and came back home.

    Your posts have been great, by the way. I appreciate the way you write and think. (I'm local too)
    Your idea is not a bad one. If someone had stalked her, they would be locally based. So, the bike dump could be a ruse.

    Why not go somewhere farther away; dispose of the bike more efficiently? Well, if she's alive, and if this is a single perp, he doesn't want to leave her alone for too terribly long. But I'm still a bit puzzled in why, if she is being held somewhere, it was necessary to dump the bike at all? Why not keep it with her?

    I'm still not getting ny head around this yet... it's late.

    Thanks for the compliments. Your comments are incisive. We are a community here, which is why I love living in Lafayette. People come out of nowhere here to help when you least expect it.


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    The more I think about the bike and where it was found, as has been proposed before, it may have been dropped off by someone who happened upon the bike the same night MS disappeared or early the next morning.
    Maybe once the thief realized the significance of the 'stolen' bike that they had in their possession they may have freaked out. Instead of doing the right thing by going immediately to LE and reporting where they found the bike in the first place, they decide to ditch it in a remote location but not so much so that the bike would never be found.

    Pros and cons to this theory? I'll begin,

    Con No. 1. ~ If witnessed dropping the bike off, they'd become suspects in a kidnapping case versus simply a bike thief/s. Would anyone take that risk? Once the bike was ditched, they'd be guilty of impeding an investigation as well.


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    In the slideshow that bitizen so graciously linked us to-there is a photo of LE standing in the weeds to the left of the road. In front of an "unlawful to litter" sign. Taunting? If this is the precise area the bike was in, may be.


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    Pics of the Atchafalaya Swamp Basin:

    http://www.cclockwood.com/stockimages/atchafalaya.htm


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    Yep, I think it is someone familiar with this area and knew there was nothing at the whiskey bay exit. So why not take a chance and dump something or someone there? Jmo Serial killer Derrick Todd Lee dumped two women's bodies there!


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    Woe-I have been thinking along those lines myself, too. That someone in that Caddy picked up that bike that night, realized it was hot and ditched it out there to be found.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Torchcat View Post
    Great pic of the atchafalaya swamp but its tame looking compared to the whiskey bay exit. Yep wish someone had a pic of the exit as you get off it.
    Google Earth. Let me open it up and see if I can figure it out as far as linking.
    I've used it before as my poor-man's GPS - fishing down in West Cote Blanche Bay.... Set it on the area I'm going and just take the laptop with me on the boat... works without Internet.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tarabull View Post
    Photos from bike discovery location: http://www.theadvertiser.com/apps/pb...5270801&Ref=PH
    When was that missign sign with blue tape put up?


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    I believe it was criminal profiler Pat Brown (in her interview with Jane-Velez Mitchell) who said, "Find the bike, find Mickey...It's all on the bike." (paraphrased by me)
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    3022'01.48" N 9137'53.26" W

    Plug that into Google Earth.

    Now that I look at it, the dude had to have stopped on I-10 and dumped it over the side... the exit ramp isn't where I remembered it.

    OR, he took the risk of parking and walking into the swamp with it,,,,

    OR, he pulled up on the bank in a boat and walked it over to the bridge.

    Of all those, #1 makes the most sense. If it was late enough at night, there can be quite a distance between cars, if one is QUICK.


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