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Old 05-28-2012, 01:31 AM
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30°22'01.48" N 91°37'53.26" 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.
I always see people parked on the side of the interstate for motor troubles. If that's the case, all he had to do was pull over to the side and wait until there was a big gap. I assume it wouldn't take long to toss a bike over and get back into the car. I'm hoping the highway cameras caught something.
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:33 AM
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30°22'01.48" N 91°37'53.26" 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.
Yep. Either of the latter scenarios would have the perp covered in mosquito bites, huh?
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:33 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.
That's what I wondered about in the previous thread. Earlier, some posters were saying that in one pic of the car, the car appeared to be stopped or slowed down in the street with the front wheels (and thus headlights) turned slightly to the left, almost as if trying to get a better look at something -- maybe a totally "abandoned" (no one in sight), nice bike.
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:34 AM
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Yes, extremely creepy and remote as I noted in a previous post. We had to stop off for an emergency on this exit and unless you've ever been there its hard to imagine just how eerie it is out there!
How are people comfortable docking their boats there? Sounds so icky even for that purpose. It would be interesting to know if the fishermen spotted the bike from the water or if they were up on land for some reason. Also is there a place to leave your car nearby after you dock the boat? Who'd want to leave their car unattended in this place?
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:34 AM
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Pics of the Atchafalaya Swamp Basin:

http://www.cclockwood.com/stockimages/atchafalaya.htm
Thanx for posting that...I recently watched a fascinating PBS documentary (about the houseboat)...twas great late-nite fare which is why I didn't recall the name of the area (remembered it was a long name, LOL). I recorded it and made sure to include the credits, but hadn't had a chance to go back and look.

Have to admit I am more than a bit jealous of the life they had there (altho they didn't stay together).
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:35 AM
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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.
If I am him and I am local, and I have her stashed somewhere in Lafayette I know the heat is on. I would want to turn down the heat and the one way I would do that is to dump her bike somewhere headed out of town to hopefully get people to thinking I left.

Pardon my generalization but I don't attribute great intelligence or critical thinking to someone who would grab a girl off the street at 2 am.
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:35 AM
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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?
I am confused by some of the comments by the admin as well. They are accusing media of endangering Mickey, ruining the investigation, making up blatant lies, etc. They are talking about actual legitimate MSM sources too. Is there something I am missing? I feel like the page (at least until recently) was still refuting that it was even her bike found when I believe that is pretty much completely confirmed?
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:35 AM
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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.
I hadn't thought of that. I will admit that I am not a very good sleuther, and I have a very hard time thinking like a perp. I was still trying to imagine how and why the perp decided to nap Mickey AND her bike!

ETA - to clarify. I meant - why take the bike, too. Seems like risky move. Why not just leave it? Maybe he did?
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:36 AM
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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.
bbm: Good point -- but really, if they'd turned in the bike, they were also likely to be suspects in the kidnapping at least for a while, no matter what their story. Maybe it was a person who'd rather take the risk of not being seen dropping the bike above going to police with the story of "uhmm, well, see I found this bike...". Especially once they knew their car had been observed ... . All just a theory though.
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:36 AM
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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?
I'm not certain, but I believe one of them is a friend of the family. I think he's a college student.
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Hello and welcome to WS, fairest of them all. Don't worry about typos - we all do 'em.
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:39 AM
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I am also quite surprised we have not seen an interview with the fishermen that called in the bike tip...
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Yes Crocus and many of those volunteers (like my daughter) don't even know Mickey or her family. They just want to help. They are searching in some pretty bad conditions, tall weeds, forest, poison ivy and this terrible heat and many of them just keep going back to volunteer. My daughter says it becomes personal once you are involved and you just don't want to give up searching.
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:41 AM
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I am confused by some of the comments by the admin as well. They are accusing media of endangering Mickey, ruining the investigation, making up blatant lies, etc. They are talking about actual legitimate MSM sources too. Is there something I am missing? I feel like the page (at least until recently) was still refuting that it was even her bike found when I believe that is pretty much completely confirmed?
It just seems counterproductive to me. Clearly, the bike was found, and LE announced they would be searching the area and the water. Those are facts. Other search actions may need to be based on this new info. I understand their need to not want to think about what anything being found could mean, but it does not seem helpful to dispute info with such force. JMO
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:41 AM
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We don't know, concerned. But someone mentioned upthread that the reward amount may help with the timeline of the drop.
It couldn't have been after the bike was found?
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:41 AM
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Pardon me for not being familiar with the case, but was the bicycle reported to have any damage to it? Did i miss any info about it's condition? tia

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Old 05-28-2012, 01:41 AM
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Looking at Google Earth at the above coordinates, I see a problem with the pull-over-and-dump scenario. Look at the bridge as it crosses the river. That's where it gets very narrow, with no shoulder to pull over! Remember how many bad wrecks happen on that bridge? Got stuck once for 6 hours a few years back after two trucks tangled at the top.

To have dumped the bike so it landed under the bridgel, the perp would had to have stopped IN the traffic lane - liable to be rear-ended at any second by traffic coming from behind.

Maybe the perp had to walk it under the bridge after all. After all, look at the map - the trees are cleared. He could have carried - or driven - the bike back under the bridge.

Remembering how there is absolutely no shoulder there - just two lanes - how could he have stopped to throw the bike over?!
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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.
Yes: Hoot hoot.

I agree re: the Caddy. That's one vehicle that won't be hard to spot. And I'm out kid-taxiing enough to be able to spot it if it's there to spot.

Plus, I've got a crew of observant (read: nosy) individuals under my roof. Heh.
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ETA: sorry, wfgodot, didn't mean to be your echo!!

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Well, I just saw the Shunick case on national FoxNews. But no mention of the bike. Must have been an old report.
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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.
Good pic to give the idea.
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It just seems counterproductive to me. Clearly, the bike was found, and LE announced they would be searching the area and the water. Those are facts. Other search actions may need to be based on this new info. I understand their need to not want to think about what anything being found could mean, but it does not seem helpful to dispute info with such force. JMO
We have to remember, too, though...the climate of discussion on FB is much, much more difficult to manage than here at WS. Rumors are rampant and Facebookers/Tweeters will repost in the blink of an eye until a rumor miraculously morphs into fact. I can't blame the family for trying to get a grip on that. Maybe it's simply a matter of overcompensation?
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Pardon me for not be familiar with the case, but was the bicycle reported to have any damage to it? sid i miss any info about it's condition? tia
Hello there!
We have not heard about the condition of the bike. So far no info has been released that we know of.
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Turkey season is over. What is the next or ongoing hunting season and for what would there be hunters going out for?
I was reading that birders use the Achafalaya Basin as a great place to watch the birdies.
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