LAFAYETTE, La. (KPEL) -- The family of Mickey Shunick is asking for privacy a day after remains found in Evangeline Parish Tuesday were positively identified as belonging to the missing woman.

"Today, we begin our lives without Mickey," the family says in a statement on the Find Mickey Shunick Now Facebook page. "We have not just lost our daughter, and our children have not just lost their sister; but all of us have all lost a part of ourselves."

Charlene Shunick, Mickey's sister, also took to Facebook, saying she will live the rest of her life for her "kid sister."

"I love Mickey and I will miss her every single day for the rest of my life," Charlene says.

In the days and weeks after Mickey disappeared, hundreds of people took part in the search to find her, trudging through city streets, wooded areas, and beneath the waters.

Here is the complete Shunick Family Statement:

Our world became a better place on May 21, 1990, when Mickey came into this world. She brightened the lives of everyone she touched. She deserved a long and happy life filled with love and laughter; but unfortunately today's news has proved otherwise.

Today, we begin our lives without Mickey. We have not just lost our daughter, and our children have not just lost their sister; but all of us have all lost a part of ourselves. Now, as we begin our healing process, we can only ask for a bit of privacy from the media and the public during this somber time.

We have been so touched by the thousands of strangers who have shown us their support during this difficult journey. We can never begin to repay all of you for you time, generosity, and unending support and love, and we know that Mickey would feel the same.

Also, we have to remember that we are not the only family that has been hurt by this tragedy. Please consider in your thoughts the other families that have unwillingly been made a part of this crisis.

As we close, let us remember to always be inspired by who Mickey was: her contagious smile, her love for all creatures, her devotion to family and friends, her passion for her students (for whom she served as a role model), and last but not least, the ray of sunshine she projects that will continue to make our world a little brighter.

We thank you for respecting our privacy in this difficult time by allowing us this opportunity to share these words with all of you today. Again, though we may now grieve for the loss of our daughter, let us also move forward by celebrating her life.

Thank you.