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Police: Lavergne taken out of jail before body found

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LAFAYETTE - Police confirmed to News 2 that the man accused of kidnapping and killing Lafayette college student Mickey Shunick was taken out of jail shortly before police found a body believed to be Shunick's.

Cpl. Paul Mouton said yesterday that a "credible witness" gave them information which led to the body at an Evangeline Parish cemetery off La. 10.

Today Mouton wouldn't confirm if Brandon Scott Lavergne was that witness, citing instructions from the district attorney's office.  He did say Lavergne, who was accused in June of killing Shunick, was checked out of the parish detention center and taken to to the sheriff's office before police began searching the area in Evangeline Parish.

Investigators said they believe the body found is Shunick's, but are waiting on forensics experts at LSU to make a positive identification.

News 2's Mike Steele will have the latest developments in this investigation tonight at 5 and 6.


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