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Indiana missing girl case similar to Shunick disappearance

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Posted: May 28, 2012 10:25 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Updated: May 28, 2012 10:25 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Indiana, Shunick, disappearance, missing, college, Spierer, white truck

BATON ROUGE- Authorities in Indiana are sharing information with cops in South Louisiana investigating the disappearance of 22-year-old Mickey Shunick.

Shunick vanished a week ago, riding her bike in Lafayette where she attends college. Over the weekend, her bike was found in the water of Whiskey Bay, under the I-10 Basin Bridge in Iberville Parish.

Crews searched the area again today, but called it off this afternoon.

In Indiana last summer, Lauren Spierer seemed to vanish into thin air. The 20-year-old was a college student too, in Bloomington. Both women vanished after a night out with friends. And a white truck has been a major part of each investigation.

Former detective Maj. Dennis Kelley said, "You have that picture window effect that you have to put every victim in and see where it lines up and what other cases that you have nationally and locally."

Kelley says some details about Shunick's case are disturbing, including a white truck and Whiskey Bay, much like what authorities focused on while investigating convicted killer Derek Todd Lee.

Kelley said, "It does repeat itself, history does repeat itself and these people for some reason or another pick up on it, and it can happen, and it has happened."

What's most concerning for Kelley is comparing Shunick's case to his experience and intuition.

"That really doesn't make me feel good at all," he said, "That's not good. That doesn't say anything to me but that there has been some serious foul play."

The white truck in the Spierer case has since been taken out of consideration. Sunday marks an exact year since she was last seen.

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