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Missing: Mickey Shunick

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It's been over a month since 22 year old Mickey Shunick went missing. And family and friends have not stopped searching for their loved one.

Search organizers want you to take a good look at these photos. These images show what Shunick would look like with different colored hair. Organizers say it's possible she's out there now, and for whatever reason, her hair color may be different.

Shunick's hair is normally light blonde. But these images show her with significantly darker hair.  The family wanted these photos made in case someone has spotted her without blonde hair.

And the family's private investigator, John Abdella, is still accepting tips. If you have any tips, you can call him at 235-0270. Or call Lafayette Police at 291-8633.

The $25,000 reward still stands for anyone who knows Shunick's location.

It's been over a month since 22 year old Mickey Shunick went missing. And family and friends have not stopped searching for their loved one.

Search organizers want you to take a good look at these photos. These images show what Shunick would look like with different colored hair. Organizers say it's possible she's out there now, and for whatever reason, her hair color may be different.

Shunick's hair is normally light blonde. But these images show her with significantly darker hair.  The family wanted these photos made in case someone has spotted her without blonde hair.

And the family's private investigator, John Abdella, is still accepting tips. If you have any tips, you can call him at 235-0270. Or call Lafayette Police at 291-8633.

The $25,000 reward still stands for anyone who knows Shunick's location.

 


 

Missing: Mickey Shunick (6/10)

While coordinated volunteer search efforts to find 22-year-old Mickey Shunick ended at Blackham Coliseum, the headquarters have moved.

Its' been 23 days since Mickey was reported missing and keeping her face and her name fresh is the basis of the new location. The new headquarters is at 2811 Johnston Street, and while the foot search efforts have stopped at least for now, keeping Mickey's name out there has not.

It started at a house then moved to a church, and then to a coliseum, but now the Mickey Shunick headquarters is located next to businesses at South College Center. The only difference this time is the absence of search teams.

The new place is dedicated to outreach, incoming donations, keeping Mickey's face and name visible and social media. But, just because the searches have stopped for now, doesn't mean the momentum is gone.  Going into the 4th week of the search the Shunick family remains positive while waiting for more leads to come in.

TV10 Reporter Caroline Balchunas spoke with the Shunick family and has more details in the video above.

 


Missing: Mickey Shunick (6/8)

It's been 19 days since Mickey Shunick was reported missing and authorities have had few leads.

However, there may be some new developments on the way. The family's private investigator John Abdella says he has new leads in the case. Abdella says he may be closer to answering who is involved in Mickey's disappearance.

He says in the past week, he's received information he believes may be a major breakthrough in the case.

"I think I have a description of two individuals that could possibly be involved in the disappearance of Mickey Shunick," said Abdella.

It's a breakthrough Abdella says he's been working on for weeks, since the Shunick family hired him for his decades-long expertise.

 He says while he's not releasing any descriptions yet, he feels his confidential informants have given him some vital information.

"What amazed me is the information I received is an identical description of two different individuals from two different sources," said Abdella.

He says with little evidence, this case is challenging. And since it's unknown what actually transpired while Mickey was riding her bike home that night, he's keeping all scenarios on the table.

 "It's possible somebody had her under surveillance before," said Abdella.

Tv Ten's Caroline Balchunas asked, "Why? (Is it) Because they saw her take that route many times?" Abdella said, "She traveled that route many, many times."

So far, the only evidence that has surfaced is Mickey's bicycle, which was found under the Atchafalaya Bridge.

But Abdella isn't convinced that's where Mickey's story will rest.

"It could be a disguise," said Abdella. "It could be someone who is sending out a smoke screen. You can't put much credence into that."

And as each day is another day Mickey's been missing, he feels strongly, they are closer to answers.

Balchunas said, "Do you believe Mickey Shunick is out there alive somewhere?"

Abdella said, "50/50.That is my opinion. And I think in the next few days, something is going to break."   

While Lafayette Police say they are in contact with Abdella, they are not working directly with him, but they will and are following up on any leads that come their way.

Caroline Balchunas

 


We have new developments in the Mickey Shunick case.  According to the family's private investigator it's been 19 days since Shunick was reported missing and authorities have had few leads. But private investigator John Abdella says he feels he's closer to some answers.

The family's private investigator says he has descriptions of two people he thinks are involved in Mickey's disappearance. He says he will be releasing those descriptions soon. But, the information is still very new.

While law enforcement is still the key player in the Mickey Shunick investigation John Abdella has 40 years of experience and has been working for the family since the early days of the investigation.

Abdella says he is not concentrating on the Z-71 pickup truck as much as police but he does believe more than one person may be involved in Mickey's disappearance. The Shunick family says they feel Abdella's help is keeping the investigation moving in the right direction, one they hope will provide answers soon.

After weeks of having little to no new information Abdella says he thinks he has a tangible lead.

"In the last five or six days, I have received some information that I think is very, very credible. I think I have a description of two individuals that could possibly be involved in the disappearance of Mickey Shunick."

 Lafayette Police say while they are not working directly with John Abdella they are following up on any leads that come their way.

Police continue to investigate their own leads. That includes the driver of this truck... Police say it's a newer model, white, Z-71 pickup truck.

If you know anything about it call the tip line, at 291-8633.

The truck was seen near the area where Shunick was last seen. If you'd like to help with volunteer search efforts, head to the Find Mickey Shunick Now Facebook Page.

You can keep track of what organizers need. Regular updates are posted on a daily basis. That's at www.facebook.com/findmickeynow

Cajun Karate is hosting a women's self defense class. All proceeds will benefit the search. That's for girls ages 13 and up. There's a $10 minimum donation. That's this Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the afternoon at 133 Digby Avenue in Lafayette.

 


Missing: Mickey Shunick (6/7)

Friends, family, and volunteers are not giving up hope in the search for missing 22-year-old, Mickey Shunick. It's been 18 days since Shunick was reported missing and now volunteer efforts seem to be slowing down a bit.  But that doesn't mean the help has stopped.

The family spokesperson says Wednesday was one of the lowest turn outs they've seen so far. And while the foot search efforts have slowed, there's still more efforts underway, but there's been some confusion as to who exactly is helping out.

While Equusearch suspended their search last week, they were headed back Lafayette Wednesday, but another assignment popped up last minute. Family spokesperson Christina Silvetti says an independent canine search headed by a man from Opelousas also joined in Wednesday. However they're not affiliated with the official search party.

 "They're kind of out there doing their own thing and there's no communication between the headquarters here and what they're doing, so I'm sure exactly what they're searching."

 While Silvetti says they appreciate all the help, it's important they know exactly what parties are involved.

"We'd appreciate it if you would contact us, let us know about what's going on, so we can be aware of the type of donations coming in, what people are doing, so we know who's using her name."

While physical search efforts have slowed down, the fundraising keeps growing. New bracelets are available, as well as shirts that send a positive message.

"I think a lot of people, certain people, are starting to panic because it's been so many days. So everybody, we want to send out the message for everyone to stay calm, but at the same time we're still looking for her" says Silvetti.  

In just two days, over $1,000 has been raised from Mickey Shunick bracelets alone. It's an effort they didn't expect to be so popular.

"We had planned to stop after 2,000, but we have gotten so much interest and we're gonna have to keep them going until Mickey comes home" says volunteer Rachel Bernard.

If you want to purchase a Mickey Shunick bracelet or one of the new t-shirts, you can go to the "Find Mickey Now" Facebook page to find the link to purchase.

Caroline Balchunas

 

 


 

                     UPDATE X: Search Continues for Missing Lafayette Woman

Lafayette, LA – On Wednesday investigators returned to the area were the bicycle was located and re-examined the area with sonar. Images recorded on the sonar equipment were reviewed and sparked the operator's interest. Divers from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriffs Office were called in to conduct the search beneath the water, but nothing of evidence value was located. The investigation remains ongoing.

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Lafayette Police re-established a command post at Whiskey Bay Wednesday night. They returned to execute a secondary search for potential evidence. Dive teams and law enforcement from several parishes participated in the search.

 


 

 

Private Investigator Working For Shunick Family

Soon after Mickey Shunick's disappearance the missing girl's family contacted a private detective to help locate their daughter. The family is asking anyone who may have any information on the case to contact John Abdella.   He can be reached by calling 337-235-0270.  The family would also like everyone to know that there is still a $25,000 reward for the location of Mickey.


 

 

UPDATE IX: Two Vehicles of Interest Ruled Out

Lafayette, LA – Lafayette Police have identified the operators and occupants of both the older model 4-door car and the white 4-door pickup truck with the bed cover, which were captured on surveillance video.  Investigators have ruled out any involvement by these individuals and they offered no additional clues for the investigation.  Investigators continue to seek information on the newer model white Z-71 pickup truck.  The investigation remains ongoing.

 

 


 

 

UPDATE VIII: Condition of Bike Released by Detectives

Lafayette, LA – Detectives with the Lafayette Police Department have released the condition of Mickey Shunick's bike as it was found. The bike was found to be submerged except for a small section of the frame.  The bike's rear tire was found to be damaged.  It is currently being processed by the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.  Detectives are hopeful that forensic experts can find evidence on the frame, handle bars and handgrips that were recovered at the scene. 

 

 


 

It's been over 10 days since 22-year-old Mickey Shunick went missing, while riding her bicycle in the SaintsStreet area. But volunteers are still flooding search headquarters hoping to lend a hand in this massive effort.

Since Saturday, the coordinating center has been moved to Blackham Coliseum. It's there that people from all over Acadiana have donated food, money and time.

Even though Mickey's bike was found in the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge, spirits remain positive that Mickey will come home safe and sound.  If you would like to help out in anyway, you can by stopping by the Blackham Coliseum off of Cajundome Boulevard.

If you would like to help the Shunick family, Chili's Bar and Grill restaurants all across Acadiana are holding a special all day fundraiser.  10% of Monday's sales will be donated to the search and the Shunick family. 

You can dine in or order to go at any Chili's in Lafayette, Carencro, New Iberia, and Abbeville all day Tuesday.

Walk-ons in Lafayette is also holding an all day fundraiser this Wednesday, May 30th, starting at 11am until midnight. 

Local bands have donated their time to play at the event.  To get in, just go to www.findmickeynow.com  and print out a flyer.  All proceeds will go to the search as well as Shunick's family. If you can't make it out to any of these events, you can always donate by going to any Mid South Bank and make a deposit in the Charlene Shunick Fund.

 


 

UPDATE VII: Search at Whiskey Bay Discontinued

Lafayette, LA – As of noon, Lafayette Police have discontinued the search of the area surrounding where Mickey Shunick's bike was found.  Investigators were unable to locate any other significant evidence.  The investigation remains ongoing.

 

UPDATE VI: Bike Found Beneath Whiskey Bay Bridge

Original Release: May 27, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

Lafayette, LA – Lafayette Police are confirming that Mickey Shunick's bike has been found beneath the Whiskey Bay I-10 Bridge at Exit #127.  Some local fisherman located the bike and notified police through the tips line. The entire area and the river are being searched for clues and evidence. Police are asking the public to remain out of the area so that law enforcement officials can search.  The case remains under investigation.

UPDATE IV: Mickey Captured on Video, White Pickup Sought

Original Release: May 25, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

Lafayette, LA – Detectives were able to identify a bicyclist believed to be Mickey Shunick traveling on Versailles Blvd and Saint Landry Street.  At approximately 1:47 am the bicyclist is captured on Versailles Blvd traveling towards St. John Street.  She then traveled on St. John Street and crossed over University Avenue, continuing west on St. Landry Street where she was captured on video at approximately 1:48 am.  Investigators are seeking information regarding a white newer model four door pickup truck, which was captured on video after Mickey Shunick traveled on both streets.

 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.

UPDATE V: Additional Vehicles Sought in Search for Mickey

Original Release: May 26, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

Lafayette, LA – Detectives have provided an updated picture of the initial vehicle of interest and the pictures of two additional vehicles that were in the area during the same time frame when Mickey Shunick was last captured on surveillance footage.  The first truck (Picture1) drove from the area that Mickey had traveled.  It is evident from the new photo that the vehicle has a bed cover and tinted windows.  The second truck (Picture2) is a white 4 door Chevrolet Z71 that traveled in the same direction of Mickey on St. Landry Street.  The third vehicle (Pictures 3 &4) is an 80's or 90's 4 door vehicle with body work on the rear right quarter panel.  Detectives are interested in locating the vehicles and speaking with the occupants to obtain further information on the case.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the tips line at 337-291-8633.

UPDATE III: Police Request Citizens to Search Video

May 24, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

Lafayette, LA – Detectives with the Lafayette Police Department are asking business owners and those residents with video surveillance equipment to review footage from May 19, 2012, between the hours of 1:30 am and 3:30 am.  Being that there is no confirmed route that was taken by Mickey Shunick on her bike, she could have been possibly captured by equipment not checked by police.  Anyone finding any footage of interest is asked to call the tips line at 337-291-8633. 

 

Beginning tomorrow, Friday, May 25, 2012, a press briefing will be held at the volunteer center on St. Mary Street at 3:00 pm daily to discuss any updates in the case.

 

UPDATE II: Police Continue to Seek New Information

Original Release: May 23, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

Lafayette, LA – Police continue to receive tips and follow up leads in the case of Missing Michaela "Mickey" Shunick.  There is no new information pertaining to the case.  The investigation continues.

 

UPDATE: Police Open Tips Line for Information on Missing Woman

Original Release: May 21, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

Lafayette, LA – Lafayette Police have established a "Tips Line" for citizens to call with information pertaining to the case of the missing woman, 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.

 

Search Continues for Missing Lafayette Woman

Original Release: May 21, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

Lafayette, LA – Detectives with the Lafayette Police Department continue to search for clues which would assist them in locating Michaela "Mickey" Shunick (21).  Shunick went missing after leaving a friend's residence in the 100 block of Ryan Street at approximately 2:00 am on Saturday, May 19, 2012.  She was wearing a pastel, multi-colored striped shirt, light wash skinny jeans and grey shoes.  Shunick departed the residence on a black Schwinn bicycle with gold handle bar grips and wearing a brown leather backpack purse.  It is believed that she was going to her residence near the intersection of Ambassador Caffery Parkway and Congress Street.  Shunick is described as a white female, blonde hair, 5'1" tall and 115 pounds.

The Louisiana State Police and the FBI have offered their resources and assisting in the investigation.  Below is a photo of Michaela Shunick and the bicycle she is believed to have been riding when she went missing.

Detectives are asking anyone with any information about the case to contact the Lafayette Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.

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