Shunick's family remains positive as search enters week 3

Mickey Shunick
Mickey Shunick

LAFAYETTE, LA (WAFB) - After more than two weeks of searching for a missing UL-Lafayette student, there is still no sign of the young woman.

Volunteer searchers continue to keep a look-out on Whiskey Bay, the area where Mickey Shunick's bicycle was found.

Friday, a Houston-based search and rescue team announced it is heading back to Texas headquarters until another break comes in the case. Still, all of the support from the community means a lot to the Shunick family, which continues to remain positive.

"Everyone says they're not giving up and we're not giving up hope," said Charlie Shunick, the missing woman's sister. "She's out there somewhere. We have to find her."

A $25,000 reward still stands for anyone who knows Shunick's location.

The 21-year-old disappeared May 19 while riding her bike home in Lafayette. Fishermen found her bike at the Whiskey Bay exit off Interstate 10 on May 27.

The Lafayette Police Department released new details on May 29 about an analysis by the Louisiana State Police crime lab into the bicycle that was found.

Detectives stated there was damage to the rear of the bike, but they did not elaborate about how the bike might have been damaged.

Police said they believe the bike was dumped in that area the same morning Shunick disappeared. They also do not believe the bike was thrown from the overpass into the water below. Instead, they believe whoever dumped the bike took it to the swampy area and tossed it into the water.

Investigators have spoken with drivers and occupants of two of the three vehicles shown on the video showing Shunick riding her bicycle. Cpl. Paul Mouton said nobody in a car or a pickup truck with a bed cover had information about or connection to the case.

Authorities are still looking for information about a newer model, four-door, white Chevrolet Z-71 pickup truck that was heading the same direction as Shunick.

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