Search for missing Lafayette student expands


LAFAYETTE, La. - The search for a missing Lafayette woman expands with help from volunteers.

Mickey Shunick disappeared around 2 a.m. Saturday, May 19, while riding her bike home from a friend's house. Friends and family describe the 22-year-old as an avid cyclist and say it wasn't unusual for her to be out riding at that hour. They became worried when she missed her brother's high school graduation.

"We're a mess," Nancy Rowe, Shunick's mother, told KATC-TV. "We try to stay together out in public and then we go home and fall apart.

Hundreds of volunteers have helped police. Investigators consider Shunick's death suspicious and have not ruled out foul play.

A team from Texas EquuSearch, an organization that specializes in missing persons cases, began assisting with the search Friday. Her friends flooded social media sites with information about the college student. Several national media outlets, including FOX, CNN and The Huffington Post have fueled national coverage. Lamar Outdoor has said it plans to run more than 50 billboards featuring Shunick's picture and information in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.

A special Facebook page keeps up with the latest information on her disappearance and searches. Click here to visit the page.