Mickey Shunick Case- The Latest Update
(Updated Information) Questions about Mickey Shunick's bike continue to linger even after a media briefing yesterday. In the briefing police spokesman Paul Mouton indicated that the bike was found submerged in the water beneath the Whiskey Bay bridge. Mouton also stated the only visible damage to the bicycle was to the rear wheel. The bicycle has been sent to the state crime lab in Baton Rouge for further evaluation.
Mouton also indicated authorities believe the bicycle was placed in the water and not thrown off the bridge. The search for further evidence at the Whiskey Bay scene was suspended on Sunday but the search for Mickey continues.
In other search news volunteer searches have been suspended as well. Since volunteers are no longer searching for Mickey the need for donated supplies such as water and sports drinks is no longer necessary. Many people have been asking questions about monetary donations and where the money is going. KATC TV has further information on that aspect of the case in a report you can find here.The benefit at Walk-Ons restaurant will be held today beginning at 11am.
It has been THE story of the past week. Every nugget of information or misinformation is scrutinized by law enforcement, the media and the general public. While social media has played a huge part in getting the word out about Mickey Shunick's disappearance it is also shown it has a very inaccurate and ugly side. Credible media sources have reported this story the way we report every story by collecting facts, confirming sources and using sound reporting techniques. Here is a reset of the facts as they have been confirmed, released and reported.
Mickey's bike was found Sunday near exit 127 off of Interstate 10. The bike was located by some fishermen who called the tip line 337-291-8633. There has been speculation about the condition and specific details about where the bike was found. We have asked authorities in charge of the investigation and they have declined comment. We can only assume this information is key to the investigation and releasing it at this time might jeopardize the case and Mickey's ultimate safe return. We will always respect that.
As of Sunday afternoon at 3pm authorities have confirmed the search in the Whiskey Bay area has been called off. Authorities gave no indication of where the focus of the next search efforts might be.
Volunteers are still needed but the staging area for volunteers has been moved to Blackham Coliseum. All volunteers are asked to register at Blackham Coliseum so that they might be assigned specific duties and make the search for Mickey more efficient. You must be 18 years or older and bring your ID with you. Wear long pants and boots or closed toed shoes.All terrain vehicles,such as four wheelers are needed. If you have a machete you are encouraged to bring it. The search areas are densely wooded and the proper clothing and equipment is necessary for your own protection.
The drivers and passengers of three different vehicles that were seen on video surveillance around the time of Mickey's disappearance are being sought for questioning by authorities. All three vehicles were caught on tape near the sight of Mickey's last known location on the morning of May 19th. If you have information on these vehicles or their possible owners or drivers, please call the tip line at 337-291-8633. The hope is that a passenger or driver of one of these vehicles may have seen something that would offer authorities more information as to Mickey's location and ultimately play a huge part in her ultimate safe return.
There are other ways that you can help even if you don't have the time or physical ability to go on searches. Walk-Ons restaurant will be holding an all day benefit for Mickey on Wednesday at its Lafayette location, 2336 Kaliste Saloom road. There will be live music in the restaurant beginning at 11 am on Wednesday.The restaurant will donate 10% of the proceeds from meals to help with search efforts and to help Mickey's family with any incidentals they may need. In order for the funds to be directed to the Shunick case patrons will need to bring a flyer that you can print from this site.
If you are interested in donating money directly to the cause there are a couple of different ways you can do that. Mid-South bank has an account available to take monetary donations if that is more convenient for you. You may also donate funds through the Community Foundation of Acadiana website if you are so inclined.
This report was based upon information directly submitted to our radio station and corroborated and confirmed with local authorities. We have also utilized information and images from our TownSquare Media News authority KPEL-FM and our television partner KATC TV 3.
We have also utilized the information and images of this website, Find Mickey Now.