Search intensifies for missing bike rider

Michaela Shunick
Michaela Shunick

LAFAYETTE, LA (WAFB) - The search for a missing 21-year-old woman is intensifying.

The Lafayette Police Department has set up a tip line and a private donor is even offering a $10,000 reward in hopes of finding Michaela "Mickey" Shunick.

She has not been seen since Saturday around 2 a.m.

The Louisiana State Police and the FBI joined local authorities and volunteers Monday in a search of the area where Shunick was last seen riding her bicycle.

Even though family and friends have already canvassed the large area, they went back over spots like drainage canals for the slightest clue.

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

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

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