Shunick volunteers suspend searching

POSTED: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 10:12pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 9:36am

Day 11 of the search for Mickey Shunick and police are hoping that good evidence can be lifted from the partially submerged bike found Sunday, under the I-10 bridge at Whiskey Bay. Lafayette police said the back portion of the bike was badly damaged.

"It was the only visible damage we could see," said Cpl. Paul Mouton, Lafayette Police. "Rim bent and tire dislodged from the rim itself."

Police haven't determined whether the bike was damaged either by a vehicle or during the transport to Whiskey Bay. It's been sent to forensic experts at the State Police Crime Lab to help paint a clearer picture.

"They're going to examine it and give us best scenario they can from information of that particular evidence," Mouton said.

News that the bike will be examined was good news to Mickey's sister and those volunteers in her search efforts.

"That's just giving us more hope that we'll find her soon," said Charlene Shunick.

After moving to the much larger Blackham Coliseum, the volunteer search crews announced Tuesday they're suspending their efforts for a few days.

"Just take a break for two days, rest, and get volunteers back out and go at it again," said Shunick.

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