UPDATE: Lafayette Police say missing cyclist is top priority
POSTED: Monday, May 21, 2012 - 11:43am
UPDATED: Monday, May 21, 2012 - 5:29pm
LAFAYETTE, LA (NBC33) — UPDATE: Lafayette Police have established a “Tips Line” for citizens to call with information pertaining to the case of the missing women, Michaela “Mickey” Shunick. Those citizens with information about the case are encouraged to call 337-291-8633. Detectives with the Lafayette Police Department will be monitoring the phone for at least the next 24 hours.
ORIGINAL STORY: The search continues today for a cyclist who went missing during the early morning on Saturday, May 19. The Lafayette Police Department says that this case is a top priority.
“We’ve deferred a lot of our resources to find this missing girl,” Cpl. Paul Mouton, Lafayette Police Department, said. “We’re using every means necessary to locate her.”
Today is Mickey Shunick’s birthday. The 22-year-old was last seen at roughly 2:00 a.m. on Saturday. She had gone out with friends the night before, then left with a friend to have a bite to eat. She was last seen riding her black and gold bike towards her home.
However, she never made it there.
“The first thing that raised a red flag for us is when she didn’t show up to her brother’s high school graduation on Saturday,” Ashley Says, a close friend of Shunick, explained. “She had been looking forward to that for weeks, so there’s no way she would have missed that.”
A grass-roots effort was organized over the weekend to try and seek clues to Shunick’s whereabouts. Today, the Lafayette Police Department has increased that effort. Although the case is suspicious, they say they have not found any evidence to support foul play.
“We’re not ruling anything out right now due to the circumstances,” Cpl. Mouton, said. “Right now we are still treating it as a missing person case and we’re moving forward with the investigation.”
Currently officers are canvassing the route Shunick was known to take. As an avid cyclist, it was a path she took several times every week.
“We all know it’s dangerous to ride at night, but it was something she loved,” Says explained. “She’s not a rebel. She always has a can of mace in her front pocket, she obeys all traffic laws. She loved to have fun, but she’s really responsible.”
Shunick’s home is located near the intersection of Congress Street and Ambassador Caffery Parkway. She is 5’1”, about 115 pounds, and has blond, curly hair. She was riding a black and gold bike. She was wearing a bright, multi-colored shirt, grey acid washed skinny jeans.
“Mickey’s description is so unique,” Says added. “She has the blondest hair you’ve ever seen and she wears really exuberant clothing. She’s hard to miss."
A $10,000 reward is being offered by a private citizen for any information that leads to the location on Shunick.
If you have any information regarding Mickey Shunick, please call the Lafayette Police Department at (337) 291-8600.