VILLE PLATTE, La. -- Lafayette police believe a body found in a grave site is believed to be that of missing college student Mickey Shunick.
Detecitves discovered the female body, along with clothing and jewelry, Tuesday. Officials believe those remains belong to Shunick, but they're waiting official confirmation.
Authorities say they were tipped off to a graveyard site at a private cemetery about 100 yards off Hwy. 10 west of Ville Platte. Detectives spent most of the days combing the scene what police confirm is human remains.
"Obviously it was a large area, and they took in a lot of material, not only dirt but also articles along with the body. So there is a lot of evidence to be examined," said Lafayette Police Department Cpl. Paul Mouton.
Shunick, a student at the University of Louisiana Lafayette, went missing on May 19. She was last seen riding a bike, which would turn up a few weeks later.
Authorities have arrested 33-year-old Brandon Scott Lavergne in the case. He’s been charged with aggravated kidnapping and first-degree murder.
However, up until Tuesday, Shunick’s location remained a mystery.
“We do feel strongly though that this is Mickey Shunick, but we just can’t say for 100 percent that it is in fact her until the experts have an opportunity to examine her,” said Mouton. “That confidence comes from the course of the investigation, and also the credible information that we received.”
Lafayette Police won't say who tipped them off or whether the private land is connected to Lavergne at all.
A spokesperson issued this response from Shunick's family:
"We appreciate all the efforts of the law enforcement agencies, searchers and volunteers. We know that the media has reported that Mickey Shunick's body was found in Evangeline Parish, however, as of right now, and until an official press release is made by the proper officials, we cannot report, either way, that a body found was that of Mickey.
"Also, we ask that you please respect the Shunick family by allowing them the privacy that they need at this time. It has been, and still is, a long journey in the search to find Mickey, so we truly feel that they deserve some time alone until they are ready to respond to the current repor