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Jun 7, 2012 11:44 PM by Maddie Garrett

Private Investigator: Strong Lead on Suspects in Mickey Shunick Case

It's now 19 days since Mickey Shunick disappeared while riding her bike home. In the week that followed, surveillance video of Mickey and her bike both surfaced. But those were the only two leads in the case, until now.

The private investigator, hired by an anonymous donor, said that there may be two credible suspects in the case. John Abdella said he received two separate tips that seem to describe the same person.

Abdella said the first tip came in four or five days ago, describing possible suspects. Then a few days later, another tip. Both were from separate sources who don't know each other.

"And their description was almost identical," said Abdella.

Abdella believes the sources are solid and this could lead the investigation in the right direction.

"They appear to be very credible and they appear to be very knowledgeable," explained Abdella. "And I thought it was more than coincidental that both of their descriptions were the same."

For Mickey's family, solid information is welcome news as they try and stay focused on finding their loved one.

"Everything we are doing, everything that's going on here, everything people are doing is to find Mickey, it has nothing to do with anything else. Our goal is to find my sister. And all these rumors that are going around, all this stuff, we found her body, these people admitted to doing this here, it's just not doing any good at all," said Charlie Shunick.

For the Shunicks and investigators the case is far from cold.

"Oh not by a long shot. it's a very active investigation," said Abdella. "And I think the police are very, very active, they are putting in a lot of man power, they're spending a lot of overtime."

"So hopefully it takes us somewhere in the next couple of days," said Charlie about the lead.

Charlie said they remain positive and still in need of volunteers to help search for signs of Mickey.

Abdella said he's meeting with law enforcement about the possible lead and that he isn't releasing any more details about the suspects' descriptions to avoid hindering the investigation.

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