Aug 1, 2012 11:26 PM by Maddie Garrett

Special K9's Return to Acadiana to Search for Mickey Shunick

A team of specially trained K-9's are helping in the search for Mickey Shunick. But this isn't their first time in Acadiana, on their first visits the highly trained dogs scoured Whiskey Bay. Now they're back, combing areas in Acadia, St. Landry and Evangeline Parishes.

"We've kind of drawn a box of the areas we're interested in and we're going to map them out, we're going to clear that area, move on to the next one and keep doing it for as long as it takes," said Mike Candella with the Special K9's Search and Recovery team.

The trainer/K9 teams began by focusing around the property of Brandon Lavergne, the man accused of kidnapping and killing Mickey Shunick. They said if anyone can find Mickey, it would be these highly trained dogs.

"We get down there in the sluices, the bayous, the dense woods, the grown-up fields, it is very very tough and without these guys it's going to be very very hard," said Candella.

The Special K9 Search and Recovery Team uses smell and Candella said even after so many weeks, the dogs would still be able to pick up traces of Mickey.

"They're going to pick up on blood, they're going to pick up on the gases from decomposition," he explained.

He said they're here as volunteers; just another avenue to help the Shunick Family and bring Mickey home.

"I told the family we'll keep coming back as long as they want us to come back," said Candella.

Suspect Brandon Lavergne remains in jail, he pleaded not guilty to the murder and kidnapping of Mickey Shunick, as well as the murder of Lisa Pate.

Lafayette Police and the private investigator on the case said they are still receiving and following up on leads. But as of Wednesday night, no updates on where Mickey's body might be.


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