Evangeline

Aug 8, 2012 7:28 PM by Jenise Fernandez

History Behind Cemetery Where Police Believe Mickey Shunick Was Buried

Court documents have shown prosecutors believe Lavergne may have moved the bodies around to hamper the investigation. The remains Tuesday were found near a small cemetery on LA-10 near the intersection of LA-13 between Mamou and Oakdale. Police say they also found clothing and possibly jewelry. We revisited the area in Evangeline Parish where Mickey Shunick is believed to have been buried.

Robert Wilson drives on LA-10 every day on his way to and from work. He's noticed the small cemetery before, but says it's always been a mystery.

"My co-workers and I always talk about it and how we've wanted to go in and check it out," he said.

The cemetery isn't easily noticeable from the road. Trees surround the small unpaved road that leads to it.

"They definitely have to be from around here to know it's there," said Wilson.

We ran across a woman and her family. She cried hearing the news, but didn't want to go on camera. After hearing a body was found, she stopped by to make sure a loved one's grave wasn't disturbed. The Pine Clair cemetery was part of a church called "Our Little Flower of Jesus" in the 1940s. The name was later changed to Saint Theresa and was moved about 30 years ago. It's now a thrift store next to Saint Ann's in Mamou.
Any family who was part of the original congregation could bury family at the cemetery for free. The cemetery has been a place to bury loved ones for at least a hundred years. Some graves so old, they're unmarked.

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