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Reports: sex offender arrested in connection with disappearance of South Louisiana college student

3 years ago July 05, 2012 Jul 5, 2012 Thursday, July 05 2012 Thursday, July 05, 2012 6:28:44 PM CDT in News
By: Trey Schmaltz

LAFAYETTE- Reports suggest Brandon Scott Lavergne, 33, has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of college student Mickey Shunick.

Shunick vanished while riding her bike near downtown Lafayette in May. Her bike was found, damaged, in Whiskey Bay under the I-10 Basin Bridge.

Sources tell News2, authorities are searching Lavergne's residence in St. Landry Parish. The search warrant was initiated after Lavergne was arrested in Lafayette by police.

Police in Lafayette say they will not release any other details until a news conference tomorrow at 1p.m.

Lavergne is a registered sex offender and was convicted in 2000 of aggravated oral sexual battery.

According to a website, he drives a white 2011 Chevrolet Silverado. Investigators have been looking for a person of interest seen on video surveillance driving a white Chevy Z-71.

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