Posted: May 27, 2012 9:58 PM by Maddie Garrett
Updated: May 27, 2012 10:02 PM
A big development in the Mickey Shunick case with Lafayette Police confirming to KATC Sunday that they found Mickey's bicycle.
It was found 30 miles away from where Mickey was last seen, beneath the Whiskey Bay I-10 bridge, at exit 127 in Iberville Parish. Investigators spent much of the day there looking for more clues, but still no sign of Mickey.
By air, on the water and in the woods, several law enforcement agencies ramped up search efforts after two fishermen found Mickey's bike under the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge.
"We've expanded as wide as we feel comfortable. We don't miss anything, so it's quite a large area down there beneath the bridge and as well as the river," said Lafayette Police Corporal Paul Mouton. "They're checking further down the river as well as in close proximity to the bridge."
The big break came early Sunday morning. Police are not releasing exactly what time the bike was found, its condition, or whether it was on land or in the water. They did say it was Mickey's family who confirmed the bike is hers. The search now continues for more evidence in the area.
"We're going to be out here as long as it takes, until we feel satisfied that we've checked everywhere and that we've picked up any evidence or found any evidence we believe is involved in this case," explained Mouton.
About 50 yards from where police set up a command center under the bridge, a missing person poster for Mickey hung on a stop sign. It was perhaps a sign like this in the area that led to finding Mickey's bike. Mouton said without all of the public awareness, the fishermen may not have known to be on the look out for signs of Mickey.
"It's contributed to social media, the word getting out. You know, had the information not been out as it was, based on what the fishermen found, I don't believe they would have thought of anything because there is trash around there besides where the bike was," said Mouton.
While the search has expanded to the basin and river, police are now trying to connect the dots from the last spot in Lafayette where Mickey was captured on surveillance video to here where her bike was found. Mouton said Police are now checking more video on possible routes out of Lafayette toward I-10 east.