May 25, 2012 11:35 PM by Maddie Garrett
Police Pinpoint Mickey's Steps, Surveillance Video Provides Lead
After almost a week of no leads in the case of Mickey Shunick, Lafayette Police said they finally got the break they were looking for with video surveillance of Mickey riding her bike on Versailles Boulevard and St. Landry Street.
In both videos, a white, four door pickup truck is captured on video after Mickey traveled those streets. The surveillance video comes from Lafayette Consolidated Government and is taken in front of the Circle K on St. Landry.
Police said it took a long time to go through all the surveillance video collected, and much of it had to be watched in real time. Police said they saw the footage Thursday and then had to get it enhanced in order to positively identify Mickey.
While the images don't solve the case, they do revitalize the investigation.
It's a night that's played over and over in minds of anyone who knows or is looking for Mickey.
"It's something you (we) keep asking ourselves, if there's something that we overlooked or something that we missed," said friend Brettley Wilson.
Police can now paint a much clearer picture of where Mickey went that Friday night.
10:15 pm: Mickey arrived at music venue and bar, Artmosphere, to see a band and hang out with friends.
"After about like an hour or two of being there she already started making mention of being ready to go home, getting something to eat," explained Wilson.
12:44 am: Mickey and Wilson left Artmosphere and rode their bikes back to his house on Ryan Street. They then went to Taco Bell on Congress in his car to grab a bite to eat. Video surveillance confirmed this, showing them in the drive through at 1:24 am.
1:31 am: Mickey received a call from a friend. It was the last time her phone was used. Wilson said around 1:45 am Mickey set out on her bike to go home near Congress Street and Ambassador Caffrey.
"She checked her bike, took out her mace, made sure it was on. I walked her out, watched her get to the drive way then I closed the door and locked it," recalled Wilson.
That's when the case went cold, until now.
"Now we're able to show the family that, hey, we know she traveled on Versaille, we know she made it as far as St. Landry Street, and that there was a white pick up truck in that area," said Corporal Paul Mouton, Public Information Officer for Lafayette Police.
Mouton said they now have a direction in the case and want to talk to the driver of that pick up truck.
"Someone was in that immediate area when she passed on the bike so it's trying to identify with those people and getting that information back so we can hopefully get closer to finding her," said Mouton.
Mouton said police will now concentrate more efforts in that area and collect more video surveillance from businesses or homes near where she was last seen.
If you have any information on the pick up truck call 232-TIPS.
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