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Jun 8, 2012 8:19 PM by Maddie Garrett

Special K-9's Help in Mickey Search, Final Volunteer Effort This Weekend

At first there were concerns the body found in Bay St. Louis could have been Mickey Shunick. But the family ruled that out early Friday, saying Mickey does not have any of the body piercings found on that female body.

"It's not my sister, so we need to keep searching, it's not Mickey," said Mickey's sister, Charlie Shunick.

After a brief scare, hope remains that Mickey is out there, alive and will be found. Charlie said volunteers will give one more push this weekend in the ground searches for her sister.

"I know she's still out there, we got to find her, something good is coming soon. So we just need people to, let's get a big rush, get everything knocked out so we can start looking other places, like we need those foot soldiers out here," she said.

Meanwhile, six highly trained dogs from Special K-9's Rescue and Recovery Group out of Texas scoured more areas in the Atchafalaya Basin

"Our primary goal is to clear certain areas, so that people on the ground won't have to cover them," said spokesperson Mike Candella.

The dogs covered 10 miles on land and completed four water searches with their trainers. Though the dogs didn't turn up any forensic evidence, the team hopes they helped rule out areas near Whiskey Bay.

The Shunick family said volunteer searches will be temporarily suspended after Sunday until they get new information on where to search. The family said they've exhausted all possibilities at this point.

Anyone who wants to help search this weekend should go to Blackham Coliseum between 8:00am and 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday.

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