Acadiana unites in search for missing Lafayette girl; Mickey Schunick was last seen early Saturday morning
By: Howell Dennis - Editor
LAFAYETTE - People from across Acadiana have mobilized in force to search for Mickey Shunick, the missing Lafayette girl who would have celebrated her 22nd birthday on Monday. She hasn’t been seen since she left a friend’s home in the on Ryan St. (near the St. John Cathedral) at 2 a.m. Saturday morning on her bicycle to head back to her home near the intersection of Ambassador and Congress.
She never made it.
According to her mother she became alarmed when she missed her brother’s high school graduation on Saturday, which she had been looking forward to attending.
She was wearing a pastel, multi-colored striped shirt, light wash skinny jeans and grey shoes. Shunick departed the residence on a black Schwinn bicycle with gold handle bar grips and wearing a brown leather backpack purse. It is believed that she was going to her residence near the intersection of Ambassador Caffery Parkway and Congress Street. Shunick is described as a white female, blonde hair, 5’1” tall and 115 pounds. The Louisiana State Police and the FBI have offered their resources and assisting in the investigation.
The girl’s disappearance has mobilized dozens of volunteers from across Acadiana who have searched the route that she was assumed to have taken home. Nothing has been found as of press time today.
“I’m just taking orders,” said Carolyn Wright who has been helping with the search since it began. “Our daughter is good friends with Mickey...she was actually at our house Thursday night. She is a happy, good girl who didn’t have an enemy in the world.”
Wright also wanted to express thanks to the citizens of Acadiana who have come out in force to help in the search.
“Lafayette and all of Acadiana for that matter have been incredible,” she said. “Everyday we’ve had more volunteers come in that want to help with the search.”
Schunick’s disappearance has also made national headlines with her case being mentioned on the Nancy Grace show as well as in the Huffington Post.
Many of Mickey’s former classmates have been keeping busy passing out flyers and posting pictures on telephone poles.
“I’ve been going to school with Mickey since elementary school,” said Ashley Feerick who was passing out flyers on Monday. “She was such a sweet girl and we’ve all been praying really hard.”
“Things like this just don’t happen around here,” said Laura Ritchey of Scott who sounded as though she was in disbelief. “They just don’t.”
A $10,000 reward has been offered for the person or party that locates Mickey.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Lafayette Police Department at (337) 277-2751 or her mother, Nancy, at (337) 277-2751.