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Police: Body identified as Mickey Shunick

2 years ago August 09, 2012 Aug 9, 2012 Thursday, August 09 2012 Thursday, August 09, 2012 4:45:42 PM CDT in News
Source: Lafayette Police Department

LAFAYETTE - Police in Lafayette said investigators have positively identified a body found in Evangeline Parish as that of missing college student Mickey Shunick.

Cpl. Paul Mouton made the announcement Thursday evening, two days after the body was found buried in a cemetery off La. 10.

"There will be no further comment on the Shunick investigation at this time," Mouton said.

Lafayette TV station KATC reported the identity was made through dental records.  Investigators had sent the body to the LSU FACES Lab for assistance with identification because of the state it was in.

Investigators found the body after receiving what they called a tip from a "credible" witness. Brandon Scott Lavergne, who was accused of kidnapping and killing Shunick, was taken from the Lafayette Parish jail to the sheriff's office Tuesday before authorities began searching the area.

Mouton would not confirm if Lavergne was the source of the information, citing instructions from the district attorney's office.

Shunick disappeared May 19 while riding her bicycle from a friend's house in Lafayette.  The bike was later found by a fisherman dumped beneath the Whiskey Bay overpass, and investigators said it showed damage from being hit by a vehicle.

Police arrested Lavergne July 5 after Police Chief Jim Craft said a "concerned citizen" called in a tip that connected Lavergne to a white pickup seen in surveillance photos near the area Shunick disappeared in.  That pickup was found burned in Texas, and Lavergne was arrested shortly after.

On July 18 a grand jury indicted Lavergne for Shunick's death as well as the death of Lisa Pate, whose body was found near Church Point in 1999. Prosecutors planned to seek the death penalty in both cases.

News 2 will have more on this breaking development tonight at 6 and 10.

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