LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) -- A Texas-based organization that helps search for missing people has been involved in the search for a missing Lafayette college student who is feared dead.
Texas Equusearch came to Acadiana last week to assist local authorities with the search for Mickey Shunick, according to The Advertiser of Lafayette (http://bit.ly/O3XEbV.)
Tim Miller, director of the Houston-based nonprofit, said Lafayette police contacted him after arresting Brandon Scott Lavergne. Lavergne has been booked with first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping in the Shunick case. No body has been found and police have not revealed the reasons they now believe Shunick is dead.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette student has been missing since May 19.
A grand jury is expected to consider the case July 18.
Miller said the team has been searching in three Acadiana parishes - St. Landry, Acadia and Lafayette - since early last week.
"I'm tired and wore out and beat up and abused," Miller said, laughing. "I'd like to find her today and go home."
Equusearch and police only want trained professionals involved in the search, not local volunteers, to reduce the risk of compromising important evidence.
So far, however, no evidence has been retrieved, according to Miller.
"We have not located anything that has anything to do with this case," Miller said. "We eliminated a lot, a lot of areas, but we've still got many to eliminate. But we're with detectives every day looking at the maps and planning what we're going to."
Shunick was last seen riding away from a friend's house in Lafayette on her bicycle, days before her 22nd birthday.