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Old 05-28-2012, 01:05 AM
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Can someone help clear up something for me? I was just over on the Find Mickey Facebook page and read the post about the bike and it possibly being a rumor that it was found. Instead of me going back through all the previous posts here to find a reputable news link, was her bike indeed recovered or is this still just a rumor?
http://www.katc.com/videos/police-find-mickey-s-bike/
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Can someone help clear up something for me? I was just over on the Find Mickey Facebook page and read the post about the bike and it possibly being a rumor that it was found. Instead of me going back through all the previous posts here to find a reputable news link, was her bike indeed recovered or is this still just a rumor?
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Lafayette, LA – Lafayette Police are confirming that Mickey Shunick’s bike has been found beneath the Whiskey Bay I-10 Bridge at Exit #127. 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. Police are asking the public to remain out of the area so that law enforcement officials can search. The case remains under investigation.
http://www.lafayettela.gov/Police/Pr...asp?PR_Id=4677
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:06 AM
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Reposting, as this posted after the thread closed:

The bike could be a ruse to draw off resources... to what end? I'm still pondering this.

I'm trying to put my self in the perp's shoes. A girl on a bike is missing. I'm leaving Lafayette with a girl and a bike. In some ways, a girl is more easily concealed in a truck than a bike, if unconscious. And maybe the bike is in the back, and a red flag. Separate girl from bike, and now you have a girl, but not the red-alert girl/bike combo.

Think about pulling over to dump bike at night as I head toward Baton Rouge. There is very little traffic.... but I'm afraid that with my luck, the moment I pull to the shoulder on the Basin Bridge, someone comes up behind and sees something. So I remember Whiskey Bay, and how desolate it is. Then I start down the deserted exit. but then I get paranoid that there might be someone down there to see. And there's no other exit for quite awhile. I rush to a decision and stop on the exit ramp - jump out, toss the bike over the side, cringing at whatever noise it may make, then drive through the boat ramp area, freaking out and looking around, then get on the on-ramp and get the hell out/.// with Mickey still with me.
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)
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:07 AM
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I can assure you after our emergency stop there in the early 90s, there is no restroom. My restroom was in the tall grasses (lol). Not a good experience at all for me.
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:11 AM
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:12 AM
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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.

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Old 05-28-2012, 01:12 AM
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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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Old 05-28-2012, 01:16 AM
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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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Old 05-28-2012, 01:19 AM
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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:

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Old 05-28-2012, 01:21 AM
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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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Old 05-28-2012, 01:22 AM
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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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Old 05-28-2012, 01:22 AM
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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.
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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When was that missign sign with blue tape put up?
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:26 AM
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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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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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When was that missign sign with blue tape put up?
We don't know, concerned. But someone mentioned upthread that the reward amount may help with the timeline of the drop.
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I have been reading this thread since we were on #1 and I have been anxious to put in some input and I am so happy now that I finally can.

First off when she was first reported missing by the news, way before any surveillance at all was discovered in discussion with my parents my parents of all people came up with the idea that whoever did that had to have known where all the traffic cameras were and not to do anything dumb right underneath them. They were incenuating that whoever did anything like that would likely be in law enforcement or the city government to know where they were. Later on surveillance video or pictures were found but lack of evidence has had me beleiving somewhat the same.

Now that the bike has been found I do not have any idea how they would tell how long it has been there. If it were dumped there the same night or if it were dumped there later(well away from searches which arouses my curiositybecause someone could clearly tell where they were searching and weren't as in the case of someone inserting themselves
Into searches or investigation as has been brought up much earlier here....I been paying attention!) I have been camping at shurbine wildlife refuge more than once. No bathrooms by the way. Busy place around certain hunting seasons. Otherwise not a real vacation hotspot.

If I had to guess, I would guess that the bike was dumped there by throwing it off of the bridge. Not by walking through tall grass as to leave a trail of mashed grass to the bike. Also, I think it would be purposely dumped on land because if dumped in water could wash up anywhere possibly in someone back yard or camp around here. Water ways really not a good place to hide anything. Water moves. And things float. And also when people fish often come up with sticks and all on their hooks. A bike could be easily snagged by a hook. This is all just my own speculation. I also think that if the person was on foot it would be hidden a whole lot better. So it either dropped from the bridge on what looks like from the news photos grassy area as not to hang up on trees where it could not be retreived by the person hiding it.....or it was planted there to lead the searches and law enforcement in the wrong direction. Because just like. I-10 goes to Barton rouge and new Orleans, it goes the opposite wa grayness Crowley JENNINGS lake Charles. Goes from Florida to California!
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I am not sure why the admin of the FB page insists on not believing the media, or wanting anyone else to either. The media is not going to go on record with things that are blatantly untrue, and the family needs the media. Not sure who is the admin?
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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)
You must be a night-owl, like me. This has been on my mind every day... as I work, I just turn it over and over. I'm waiting for a moment when I can go help again.. The biggest thing as I drive around town is to find that Caddy with the messed up right-rear fender. I'm going to look a couple places tomorrow. It seems I'm not the only one who has seen the beat-up Caddy; we need that guy as a witness.
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My daughter was part of a search team yesterday near Carencro. Nothing productive was found there, old rusty shovels, a dead dog, a snake, old beat up shoes but not much else but tall weeds, poison ivy and thick brush. All the searchers and volunteers are to be commended for their countless hours of dedication to bringing Mickey home.
Thank God and bless the searchers. It's a daunting task and really goes to show how many have a selfless heart.
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