May 21, 2012 12:52 AM by Chris Welty

Community Rallies Together to Search for Mickey Shunick

Still no sign of 21-year-old Mickey Shunick.

She was last seen at around 2 o'clock Saturday morning when she left a friend's house in the Saint Streets area.
She was on her bike headed home to the area of Ambassador Caffery and West Congress, but she never made it home.

Mickey missed her brother's high school graduation Saturday, no one has been able to get in touch with her ever since.

Sunday, family and friends organized a search party, looking for clues and now a private donor is offering a ten thousand dollar reward for any information leading to the whereabouts of Mickey Shunick, no questions asked.
That donor is also hiring a private investigator, hoping to get answers to many unanswered questions.

Nearly one hundred people gathered on Ryan Drive where Mickey was last seen to canvas the area once again.
Family and friends knocking on doors, retracing Mickey's steps, and posting fliers.

"It doesn't take much of being around her to know how she is, how comfortable she is around other people, and how excited she is about life and everything that is going on. Something is clearly unusual with the circumstances," said search party organizer Brettly Wilson.

Although family and friends have canvassed this large area already near Cajun Field, they are searching areas such as drainage canals again for the slightest clue as to where Mickey could be.

"Mickey doesn't stay at other people's houses, Mickey doesn't have boyfriends, Mickey doesn't have people that are mad at her. Your usual suspects here really aren't going on. She really would have just been going home," said Wilson.

Family and friends are trying to keep their hopes up, but with each passing hour, that becomes more and more difficult.

"I don't think you realize what a special person this is and how many people she has touched, and what you've done. We just want her back. We want her safe. We want our friend."

Posters with her picture are posted throughout the area. Her friends and family ask if you've seen her or may have seen anything that might have been suspicious to please call Lafayette Police.

While the search party was ongoing Sunday, several neighbors did file police reports with Lafayette Police, saying they did see suspicious activity in the area.

The Lafayette Police Department have launched a missing persons case.

If you're interested in joining the search for Mickey, family and friends are looking for volunteers.


Chris Welty


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