Bike of missing cyclist found at the Whiskey Bay exit

Bike of missing cyclist found at the Whiskey Bay exit

POSTED: Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 2:33pm

UPDATED: Monday, May 28, 2012 - 12:48pm

The Lafayette Police Department has confirmed that the bike of missing cyclist Mickey Shunick was found today at the Whiskey Bay exit.

The family was called to the scene to identify the bike in the afternoon on Sunday, May 27. They positively identified that the bike does in fact belong to Mickey Shunick.

“We are now processing the area of a crime scene,” Cpl. Paul Mouton, Lafayette Police Department, said. “With the bike here, we hope to find some other evidence.”

Fishermen in the area spotted the bike and called it in to the devoted tip line that was established last week by the Lafayette Police Department. We’re told that several police agencies are on scene and searching the area.

“We got the information this morning and as soon as we got the information we found the area and have since quartered this off,” Cpl. Mouton, explained.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the search include Lafayette Police, Iberia Sheriff, St. Martin Sheriff, Patterson Police, State Police, St. Mary Sheriff, and Wildlife and Fisheries. We’re told a mobile command unit is also on scene, K9 units, a helicopter is deployed, and boats are searching the waterway.

Mickey Shunick went missing on Saturday, May 19 shortly before 2:00 a.m. Massive search parties have searched the Lafayette and surrounding area for the past week. The first breakthrough in the case came on Friday, May 25 when surveillance images captured Shunick riding her bike along the path she was expected to be riding towards her home. Two vehicles of interest were also identified.

“If the information had not been out as it was, based on what the fishermen found, they may not have filed anything,” Cpl. Mouton, noted. “I don’t believe they would have called in anything because there was trash around it [the bike].”

Police say they are still seeking information about the vehicles of interest. Police are trying to find the route that the vehicle may have taken to get the bike to that area.

“We’re going to be out here as long as it takes for us to find something,” Cpl. Mouton, noted.

Police have asked the public to stay out of the area so they can complete their search.

Anyone with information should call the Lafayette Police Department at (337) 291-8633.

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