Authorities check Shunick murder suspect out of jail Tuesday

Mickey Shunick
Mickey Shunick
Brandon Scott Lavergne (Source: Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office)
Brandon Scott Lavergne (Source: Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office)
Custody form (Source: Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office)
Custody form (Source: Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office)

EVANGELINE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - More information is coming in about what led investigators to the scene of remains buried in rural Evangeline Parish.

Investigators are in the process of confirming if it is the body of missing UL Lafayette student Mickey Shunick.

According to an inmate custody form from the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center, Lieutenant Jack Lightfoot with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office checked Brandon Scott Lavergne, the man accused of killing Shunick, out of prison at 6:40 a.m. Tuesday morning in connection with the Shunick case.

Captain Kip Judice, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Department, said Lavergne was removed from the facility by the request of the Lafayette Police Department. A spokesman for the Lafayette PD would only confirm they did have an officer working with Lavergne Tuesday, but would not comment further. The inmate was brought back to the jail around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Lafayette Police Corporal Paul Mouton says a credible criminal source lead them to the small patch of land in Evangeline Parish, but he would not say whether or not it was Lavergne.

Mouton says a task force of law enforcement officers found a body, jewelry and clothing buried in what they described as a five-foot deep grave.

Relatives have not commented on the find, but Shunick's friend, Josh Coen, released a video on Facebook Wednesday thanking police, media and the public for their support.

Pieces of evidence gathered with the remains in Evangeline Parish are under scrutiny in a crime lab right now.

Officials at the Lafayette Parish Coroner's office say the body believed to be Mickey Shunick is in such an advanced stage of decay they had to send it to face identification expert at Louisiana State University.
Keith Talamo, chief medicolegal investigator at the coroner's office, said Wednesday Mary Manhein at the LSU FACES Laboratory will be handling the investigation of the body. Police found it buried at a cemetery about 100 yards off of La. Highway 10.
Talamo said it will be 24-48 hours before they will be able to identify the remains.

Investigators believe it could be the body of Mickey Shunick. Officials are waiting on autopsy results, which are expected to be completed in the next couple of days.

Prosecutors said they plan to seek the death penalty in this case.

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