4:09 PM CDT, May 28, 2012
The case of missing ULL student Mickey Shunick caught the eye of police investigators in Bloomington, Indiana. That's because they see similarities between this case and one they worked roughly one year ago.
The Bloomington, Ind. case involved the abduction of Lauren Spierer, a 20-year-old woman whose physical description is very similar to that of Mickey Shunick. Spierer is described as 4'11" tall and roughly 90 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes. She was last seen on the morning of June 3, 2011 walking in Bloomington after a night of partying with friends.
In the case of Spierer, Police identified a white truck that was driving suspiciously in the area around the time that Spierer went missing. However, they later determined a discrepancy between the video camera and the reason why the truck appeared to go by twice.
Although the cases do seem at first glance to have striking similarities, the Lafayette Police Department does not feel the two cases are connected at this time.
"They contacted us and we did share information pertaining the two cases," Cpl. Paul Mouton, Lafayette Police Department, explained. "We currently do not think the two are related, but we are looking at the information they provided us to see if there are any similarities."
Today the Lafayette Police Department as well as several other law enforcement agencies are focusing efforts in the area where Mickey Shunick's bike was discovered. So far there have been no new developments.
"We're going to be out here as long as it takes for us to find something," Cpl. Mouton, noted.
The announcement that the bike had been recovered came just hours before a benefit concert took place in downtown Lafayette. The goal was to raise money to continue the search efforts. However, after the latest development, the benefit took on an additional mission.
"The news is unsettling, but it's another step forward and I'm thankful, but it is bitter sweet," Kelsye Sruge, one of the organizers of the benefit concert, explained. "What we really need right now is that positivity."
Performing at the benefit were local bands Vagabon Swing and Givers – two of Mickey's favorite bands.
"She's a very recognizable character in Lafayette," Taylor Guarisco, one of the members of Givers, said. "She's always out at shows. I wasn't close friends with her, but there are certain people you notice who have a presence. She's one of those people."
Sruge said the turn out at the concert was far larger than anticipated.
"We had at least a thousand people there," she said. "It was breathtaking."
Another benefit event is planned to happen on Wednesday, May 30 at Walk-On's in Lafayette. The event will take place from 11:00 a.m. until midnight. The day-long fundraiser will include performances by local bands.
If you have any information related to the case of Mickey Shunick, contact the Lafayette Police Department at (337) 291-8633.
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