Posted: May 28, 2012 11:55 PM by Jim Hummel
Updated: May 29, 2012 9:22 AM
With big developments in the Mickey Shunick investigation over the weekend, her family is staying positive.
Sunday, fishermen found Mickey's bicycle beneath the Whiskey Bay I-10 bridge. Mickey's sister Charlie tells KATC the family believes it was dumped there by someone who still has Mickey.
"I think a lot of different things could have happened," said Charlie. "Someone made a mistake--hit her or picked her up or something or hurt her really bad and didn't come forward with it, it's hard to say."
Whatever the scenario, the family believes Mickey is alive. They have a plea for whoever might be holding her: "Drop her off at a hospital or a safe-have or at a busy street somewhere," said Charlie. "Someone will find her and bring her back to us and that's all we care about."
The discovery of Shunick's bicycle was the second big break over the weekend. Friday night, two separate surveillance videos surfaced from St. Landry Street and Versailles Boulevard in Lafayette, both featuring a bicyclist who the family has no doubt is Mickey.
"Her hair was pretty big and blonde and we have similar mannerisms, so as soon as I saw it, I knew that was my sister," said Charlie.
The Shunicks say they're staying strong by keeping involved in the volunteer effort to bring Mickey home. "We have to stay busy, I'm helpless," said Mickey's Dad, Tom. "Everyday life ended nine or ten days ago, now all we do is we get up and we hope to hear a phone call about something."