Just my opinion, of course.
I can truly understand the family being physically and emotionally drained,exhausted and overwhelmed. I also believe they feel like their lives are out of control, so they are taking control of the only thing they can control at this point-and that is how much and what info they allow out about Mickey and their family.
They may trust the professionals and LE to be best qualified to give them answers, but they did appeal to the local public and community to help find Mickey,to do searches,to put up flyers, and make donations. They did do TV shows and numerous fund raisers and events to put Mickeys name out in the public. When you draw the public in and ask for help, you open yourself up to honest questions by sincere people who really are trying to help and could care less if Mickey did or didn't do something but are just trying to help, not fill their "morbid curiousity" as you describe it. In Sierra's case her mother didn't get upset when asked why her daughter would have had a whole set of clothes including underwear in her purse and stop answering questions. She understood people had questions. People are trying to help but it appears help is only wanted in ways that the Shuniks can control. Which brings me back again to what I said earlier in my post- I believe they feel like their lives are out of control, so they are taking control of the only thing they can control at this point-and that is how much and what info they allow out about Mickey and their family.
It makes little sense to me to ask people for help in finding someone then give them very little to find the person with. What if she fell and has amnesia? Would she perhaps be found in a zoo because she likes animals? What if she had a schizophrenic break-does she like music and maybe found her way to a wooded area behind the house of a musician where she hears music often? Seem farfetched? Writer Steve Lopez found Nathaniel Ayers, a homeless schizophrenic that had attended Julliard playing violin on the streets.
Reality is we know NOTHING. We don't know if she was abducted, went willingly with someone she knew,chose to leave the area on her own free will, had a nervous breakdown,fell off her bike,hit her head, got back on and rode off in the wrong direction, or what. Suggestions, or ideas of WHERE the public may find her would be beneficial. I don't think it is too much to ask. But that's just me. If my child was missing I'd be answering any question anyone wanted answered in the hopes that someone, somewhere would find them.
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I was walking home from 4th of July in the park and saw a homeless man playing violin on the street. saddened me...but he made a lot money that day.
I think people feel that if they do their jobs, that someone somewhere will happen upon mickey. We have LE, medical personnel, hospitals, mobile clinics, etc. It is just so hard for people to leave their jobs and their scope of focus to look for her.
I would think the family has already searched any areas that would come to their minds.
Just my opinion, of course.
When the young autistic boy went missing a couple years back, and LE was scaring the boy with helicopters and dogs, his Dad I believe had them play his favorite music over loud speakers and the boy came walking out of the woods. Genius. Details!
"You are free to choose, You are not free from the consequences of your choices."
I also think it is probably easier to garner interest in a missing person if they are a child or even a young teen, like Sierra. Mickey is an adult, and disappeared while doing an adult thing, i.e. coming home from a night out. As another posted said above, he/she has heard people say "well, what did she expect, riding at 2am, etc..." So if there is an attitude like that prevalent, it can't be that simple to drum up huge media interest.
But I really think the total lack of any word at all from LE in such a long time is the worst possible thing for a case like this. The media always pays attention to LE when they have something to say about a case, even if it is very little actual info. I can't imagine the media showing a great deal of interest if the Shunicks call them up and say "hey, she is still missing, can you please report that?" Just not exciting enough...JMO
Just my opinion, of course.
If the perp was local or known by ANY of MS's friends, then MS's friends would also recognize the white truck that LE is interested in. I am wondering why, if LE is still interested in that truck, LE does not make an announcement of: We continue to look for clues and are still interested in the white truck caught on video. It has been pointed out that the truck possibly has a service box over the right hub with writing on it.
If LE is not interested in the white truck anymore, they could say: Due to further developments in the case, we are no longer interested in the white truck and do not need any more tips called in as that particular item has been crossed off our list.
One way or the other, I believe it is time for LE to make an announcement.
As far as the family goes during a time of emotional upheaval people are allowed to think and say and do out-of-character things. I believe the best thing would be for them to open up and give any clue possible; however in many oher cases I have followed the family tends to close up and refuse to answer personal questions for whatever their reasons are.
I think it is a gamble to disenfranchise the public and depend on LE totally, but I am not in their shoes. The risk of that is losing the public's interest, the case becomes a cold case and in the end the family looks back and thinks "we should have handled it differently, but at the time we made that decision it was the best one we could make, knowing what we knew."
I think we are at a critical point here and now. Either the family and friends give the public more info and keep us in the loop, or public interest will melt away and people will find other more productive ways of spending their time. It is what it is.
danzn16, unless it happens to their family or friend, then they feel that it simply doesn't affect them or apply. These same folks will read James Patterson or Ann Rule novels, watch Criminal Minds, CSI, or movies such as The Raven or The Frozen Ground. Yet, when the evil crimes depicted in these novels, tv shows, & movies become life's reality, the darkness is well beyond their comprehension.
Guess, there is a time & place to discuss abductions/missing persons, but I learned long ago that a party is prolly not the best place to do it..
This silence descends over so many cases...when is the last time we have heard from Katelyn's father, or Holly's parents, for instance? And yet they could be trying, but just don't know what to do, or are having trouble getting anyone to listen-we just don't know. I don't believe the lack of hearing from any of these families is in any way indicative of their feelings about their loved one being missing. There is always a newer case, a newer story, something to replace their case in the news.
People say negative things about the fundraisers the Shunicks are planning, but what else can they do? If they want to have t-shirts, posters, etc...those things cost money. Plus the fundraisers themselves are a way of creating public awareness. They are planning the one later in July with concerts, etc...if nothing else, it will remind the community that Mickey is still missing and probably get some media coverage.
They may not know any more about the white truck than we do. It is up to LE to give that info to the public-they should be talking about that truck every day until it is located. I don't get LE lack of action and communication in this case at all.
Just my opinion, of course.
Used to be that if a county was dry, it was the entire county, but now individual towns can vote it in, as long as it's not sold within so many feet of a church or school. They sell it now in my local grocery store and there are two churches about a block down the street in both directions. They just voted it in about a year ago, and it ran quite a few bootleggers out of business!!
IMO people are basically (in general) self-absorbed. Their own lives are their main concern, and if it doesn't touch them or their lives, they can't spend more than a few minutes on it, say "oh, how sad" and move on.
I fill my sisters in on these cases from time to time, as they don't follow crime really, and they show interest, but never ask me later if so-and-so was found, etc...even my niece, who lives in Baton Rouge and is Mickey's age didn't know about Mickey until I told her mom, and by now, surely thinks she has been found and it is likely out of her head. People have too many other things to think about. And people don't watch the news like they used to, anyway...
Just my opinion, of course.
Imo, they were chasing rabbits since early in the investigation due to their strong lead hitting a wall.
Imo, all indicators say that Mickey Schunick's abduction was the work of an experienced stranger sexual predator/s..
This is my reasoning for the statement; chasing rabbits;
Private Investigator: Strong Lead on Suspects in Mickey Shunick Case
Jun 7, 2012 – John Abdella said he received two separate tips that seem to describe ... Private Investigator: Strong Lead on Suspects in Mickey Shunick Case ...
I don't think they are handling it well at all, but I've seen very few missing persons cases handled with any real competence over the years. Samantha in Alaska is one of the exceptions, also Sierra. But most LE seem to be at a total loss when it comes to missing persons.
I think that Mickey was perhaps spotted later than the video we've seen, and that is why the push for the white truck is not there; yes, they would probably like to talk to the driver, but also probably don't think he/she was involved or even has any real info.
Just my opinion, of course.
I understand the frustration of this case not being in the 'news' more but to be honest, what exactly is there to air? There is no new information, there is nothing. All cases die out in the media after awhile, even bigger headline ones than this. How often do you see Ayla Reynolds, Kyron Horman, Lisa Irwin, even Michelle Parker on the news these days? These cases had much more attention than this case. If there is no information, there is no story.
The thing is a lot of missing persons cases hardly get any coverage whatsoever. Sadly, it become almost commonplace for someone to go missing. There is an easy way to test this. Go to your local Walmart, look on their big board of missing persons and count how many you saw being covered by the news. I bet the number is lower than you think.
Inside Report for July 5, 2012
Search for missing Lafayette woman continues
BY JASON BROWN
July 05, 2012
It’s now more than a month since 22-year-old Mickey Shunick was last seen riding off on her black Schwinn bicycle.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette student vanished May 19 shortly before 2 a.m. after she left a friend’s house at 100 Ryan St. in Lafayette on her way to her parent’s home about five miles away. Her family reported her missing that afternoon.
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"Over a month since a media briefing or update by LPD's PIO in the Mickey Schunick investigation"
"Over 12 months since a media briefing or update by the TBI in the Holly Bobo abduction"
The ramifications/repurcussions of an unsolved abduction/missing person case are many; political, commerce, tourism, community's confidence in Public Safety, etc.
"Lessons learned from the Jennings Serial Killer misinvestigation"
Ivy Woods voted new Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff
Woods was vying for the position in a field of four other candidates after long-time Sheriff Ricky Edwards decided not to run for a sixth term. Edwards has served as sheriff for 20 years. His time in office has been overshadowed by the still unsolved mystery deaths of eight Jeff Davis women and that case was a big issue in this election.
"We want to look over all the investigations. Implement a narcotics unit and bridge communication. The number one thing we would like to do is regain the trust of the public. There's a gap there and we want to close it and make it more personal," said Woods.
The subject of “fear” about discussing the cases was brought up next by Ortega and he asked Murphy if he understood what that “fear” was about and if Lewis could help him understand it. Lewis kind of chuckled in a “knowing” way and finally said that yes, he understood. He alluded that although it wasn’t in “black & white”, and “no one” came right out and said “keep your mouth shut” that it was “understood” LE didn’t want the families discussing the cases. There seemed to be some inference that people in “influential positions” didn’t want the cases discussed and that there could be repercussions if they were. Lewis didn’t say that in those exact words but that was the “drift” I got. Joey seemed to agree and said the “sense” he got was that people didn’t “want to upset law enforcement”.
The discussion then moved toward the already in progress race for the soon to be vacated Sheriff’s seat and how the election could be pivotal in bringing a new administration in to power in the parish. The current Sheriff has been in office almost 24 years and his long-time, right-hand man, Larry Dupuis, has thrown his hat into the election arena. Joey shared that he has spoken to candidate Dupuis but added that Dupuis only had “very general answers” to “very specific questions”. In Ortega’s opinion….NOW would be the time for candidates to acknowledge the problems/situation in the parish (specifically the unsolved murders) and offer an explanation as to what they intend to do to solve them and address the communication (or lack of) issues with the victim’s family members.
I am the only one in my family who follows this stuff. If I tried to talk to my relatives or inlaws about a missing person, most of them would look at me like I was crazy. And the funny thing is, I've got several cousins on both sides who have been in LE for decades. The only thing I can surmise from all that is that unless it's happening in their own backyard, people tend to stay away from these cases. Or if they were interested in it at all, they will quickly lose interest if it's not resolved in a period of time.
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