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Mickey Shunick, murdered. 22, La. vanished riding her bike - shitstorm - 05-22-2012 12:25 AM
Authorities in Louisiana are searching for a college student who disappeared while bicycling Saturday.
Michaela "Mickey" Shunick, a 22-year-old senior anthropology major at the University of Louisiana, was last seen at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday, when she left a friend's home on Ryan Street in Lafayette. Shunick was cycling to her home on Governor Miro Drive, a distance of about four miles, when she vanished without a trace, the Lafayette Police Department said.
Shunick is an avid cyclist and had regularly made the trip, her mother, Nancy Shunick, told The Huffington Post.
"She has a car but she likes to rides her bike," Nancy Shunick said. "She rides her bicycle everywhere, and the route she would have taken Saturday is not a bad area. It is one residential neighborhood after another."
Family members reported Mickey Shunick missing Saturday. They told police it was "uncharacteristic" of her to be out of contact with them. Shunick was also a no-show at her younger brother's high school graduation Saturday, an event her family said she was looking forward to attending.
"She is just a nice, normal kid. She has hung out with the same group of friends since kindergarten," Nancy Shunick said. "She works teaching horse-riding lessons to little kids and she attends school."
Nancy Shunick said her daughter's cellphone has not been turned on since Saturday morning.
The Lafayette Police Department did not immediately return calls for comment from HuffPost Monday. Speaking with The Advertiser on Sunday night, Lafayette Police Department spokesman Paul Mouton said investigators have few clues.
"We are following up leads, trying to determine if they are valid, but we have no new information at this time," Mouton said.
Dozens of volunteers conducted a search for Mickey Shunick on Sunday. They retraced the route she would have taken on her bike -- a black, Schwinn Madison, fixed-gear bicycle with glittery gold handlebars -- and canvassed surrounding streets. Despite their best efforts, they were unable to locate any sign of the student, her bike, wallet or other belongings. Those search efforts continue today.
Nancy Shunick said she is fearful something terrible has happened to her daughter.
"I think that someone saw the opportunity and grabbed her," a tearful Shunick told HuffPost. "She does carry pepper spray, but someone might have overpowered her."
A private donor, the parent of one of the children to whom Mickey Shunick teaches horseback riding, is offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to Shunick's whereabouts, no questions asked.
"Please take the money and give us back our daughter," Nancy Shunick said, appealing to the person responsible. "Today is her 22nd birthday and we would like to have her home. Take the money and run. Whatever has happened, we'll fix it."
Mickey Shunick's family has created a Facebook page devoted to the search. The family is encouraging members to share information and pass out downloadable fliers. As of today, more than 1,000 people have joined the group.
Shunick is described as a white female, 5-feet-1 and approximately 115 pounds. She has shoulder-length blond hair and blue eyes. Shunick has a small tattoo of a bicycle on her right outer ankle and a nose ring on her left nostril. She was last seen wearing a pastel striped shirt, light-wash denim skinny jeans and silver ankle boots. She was carrying a light brown leather backpack, a black-and-yellow Vera Bradley wallet, a black Verizon slider phone and a small pink container of pepper spray.
Police in the Lafayette area encourage anyone with any information regarding Shunick's whereabouts to contact them at 337-291-8600. Tipsters can also send an email to email@example.com.
RE: Mickey Shunick, 22, vanished riding her bike - Love Child - 05-22-2012 12:38 AM
So tired of these girls going missing.
RE: Mickey Shunick, 22, vanished riding her bike - shitstorm - 05-22-2012 12:48 AM
Me, too, Love Child. When I read this, I just started to cry. There are so many.
How does this happen that someone is riding a bike in broad daylight, in a nice area, and someone snatches them?
RE: Mickey Shunick, 22, vanished riding her bike - shitstorm - 05-22-2012 01:14 AM
Very good Facebook page for her search effort - http://www.facebook.com/findmickeynow
RE: Mickey Shunick, 22, vanished riding her bike - RJs-Ex - 05-22-2012 01:16 AM
It wasn't broad daylight, it was ~2am. This girl is so small, I don't think it would take much to overpower her. I think this will have a sad ending. I hope I'm wrong.
RE: Mickey Shunick, 22, vanished riding her bike - Kip - 05-22-2012 01:16 AM
(05-22-2012 12:48 AM)shitstorm Wrote: Me, too, Love Child. When I read this, I just started to cry. There are so many.
Just a few days ago I watched an ID Discovery show where 3 guys in a car drove past a young woman on a bike, then turned around, drove back towards her and ran into her. They put her into the car, drove to a secluded location, and raped her and battered her with a tire iron. She survived for a few hours. This was in Hawaii about 20 years ago. It took them about 7 years to solve the case.
It's just so scary how quickly an abduction can occur.
RE: Mickey Shunick, 22, vanished riding her bike - shitstorm - 05-22-2012 01:23 AM
(05-22-2012 01:16 AM)RJs-Ex Wrote: It wasn't broad daylight, it was ~2am. This girl is so small, I don't think it would take much to overpower her. I think this will have a sad ending. I hope I'm wrong.
Oh, you're right. I misread it.
I have no idea why but I can't stop crying about this. I see these stories all the time but this made me lose it.
RE: Mickey Shunick, 22, vanished riding her bike - shitstorm - 05-22-2012 01:31 AM
(05-22-2012 01:16 AM)Kip Wrote:(05-22-2012 12:48 AM)shitstorm Wrote: Me, too, Love Child. When I read this, I just started to cry. There are so many.
Yes, it is. In an instant everything can change. She's a tiny girl.
RE: Mickey Shunick, 22, vanished riding her bike - Love Child - 05-22-2012 01:44 AM
RE: Mickey Shunick, 22, vanished riding her bike - Lady Cop - 05-22-2012 04:35 AM
sounds to me like she's been grabbed sadly. i haven't really read up on her much yet.
The senior anthropology major at the University of Louisiana, whose birthday is today, missed her brother’s high school graduation on Saturday.
Her cellphone has been switched off since Saturday morning.
RE: Mickey Shunick, 22, vanished riding her bike - shitstorm - 05-22-2012 04:55 AM
LC, do you ever just crack from this stuff? It must be all of the crime and evil that got to me, tonight. I think I cried for a half hour. While I'm a compassionate person, I don't usually get emotionally involved in stories about people I don't know. I can't because there so many and I can't do anything about it. This one just sent me into a such a sad place :(
RE: Mickey Shunick, 22, vanished riding her bike - Lady Cop - 05-22-2012 05:05 AM
sometimes SS it's best to take a break from this stuff, for your own sanity.
i'm able after years to separate myself and remain objective. i do feel horrible over the children sometimes, some have had a powerful effect on me.
video with last person to see her alive, i'd look very closely at him.
i also don't think her bike has been found. i don't think a random snatch would bother with the bike.
Ashley Says and Brettly Wilson, friends of Mickey Shunick (Wilson last person to see her), give
instructions to friends, family and other concerned volunteers at
the beginning of a search party for Shunick
RE: Mickey Shunick, 22, La. vanished riding her bike - shitstorm - 05-22-2012 05:32 AM
I did look at the video and Bretty Wilson. I don't know because it's so easy to be extremely suspicious. He WAS the last person to see her, though.
I was just at Godlike Productions where there's a thread on her and someone from England posted this and it sent chills through me:
Quote:I tried to R.V. her location I see 'events' sometimes
This really freaks me out. I am NOT psychic nor do I get pictures or visions about shit like this but when I first found this story I felt she was alive, now, but would be killed. I don't know why I felt that but I think someone needs to look for that building RIGHT NOW. PRAY because it may change the outcome.
RE: Mickey Shunick, 22, La. vanished riding her bike - Lady Cop - 05-22-2012 08:59 AM
i'll refrain from expressing my opinion about psychics who get into these cases.
FBI is in now. i am not entirely sure why since she is not a child, but i hope for a presser later.
of some concern is that there is a traveling carnival in area.