First breakthrough in case of Mickey Shunick, Police seek information about vehicle of interest
POSTED: Friday, May 25, 2012 - 8:19pm
UPDATED: Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 2:08pm
LAFAYETTE, LA (NBC33) — Just when it seemed that a week would pass with no evidence in the case of the missing UL student, a breakthrough came with surveillance footage.
Two pieces of surveillance show Mickey Shunick riding her bike down the path her family had noted since she went missing on Saturday, May 19. The cyclist was riding at the exact time down Versailles Blvd. and Saint Landry Street at the exact time she was expected to be there.
In both cases, a vehicle was seen at those same locations, leading detectives to begin seeking the owner.
“That vehicle just happens to be in both locations that we captured the woman on video in the area where she was traveling,” Cpl. Paul Mouton, Lafayette Police Department, explained. “Until now we had no confirmation that she even left the original location she was in. Now, we have a better idea of where to canvas for clues.”
Although suspicious, detectives have not captured any images of the driver interacting with Shunick. For that reason, the case is still being classified as a missing person investigation.
“This is only a vehicle of interest,” Cpl. Mouton, stressed. “Nothing shows that she was taken by the person in that vehicle.”
However, this is still the first piece of evidence in a case where a woman seemed to vanish into thin air. This evidence, though gathered sometime over the past week, was not discovered due to the massive amount of footage that’s been submitted from the public.
“All of the video that has been coming in has to be reviewed and processed,” Cpl. Mouton, explained. “We’re constantly having detectives coming in with thumb drives and potential video to be examined. Some of those videos cannot be sped up or slowed down, so it takes a while.”
This morning, Friday, May 25, the two pieces of footage were discovered among the mass of video that’s been reviewed. From there detectives sent the video to be enhanced. Then, the family was notified and asked to come identify Shunick.
“Once we had it enhanced and the family examined it, we were pretty sure it was her,” Cpl. Mouton, noted.
As for the truck, the enhancement was not able to pull a clean license plate number. The vehicle is described as a white newer model four door pickup truck.
Anyone with information about the case of the pickup truck is encouraged to call the tips line at (337) 291-8633 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 232-TIPS.