UPDATE: Brandon Scott Lavergne Arrested And Charged With First Degree Murder
LAFAYETTE, La. (KPEL) — Brandon Scott Lavergne has been arrested, possibly in connection with the disappearance of Mickey Shunick. An arrest affidavit confirms Lavergne has been charged with first degree murder and aggravated kidnapping.
Lafayette Police announced Thursday afternoon that an arrest had been made in the case.
KPEL confirms deputies with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Department searched the Elaine Rd. home of Lavergne, a registered tier three sex offender, in Church Point. Megan Vizena, a St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Department spokesperson, says that search was in connection with the Mickey Shunick case.
Lafayette Police asked for assistance in executing the search warrant, Vizena says.
The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Department sex offender registry website also confirms Lavergne owns a white 2011 Chevrolet Silverado. Lafayette Police have been searching for a white truck captured on surveillance cameras the morning Mickey disappeared.
Tom Shunick, Mickey’s father, says Lafayette Police have informed him of what they can tell him at this time.
“They came by and they said they made an arrest of some guy,” Shunick says. “They didn’t tell me who it was. They’re questioning him now. They’ve known about him for some time.”
Cpl. Paul Mouton, a Lafayette Police Department spokesperson, says a 1 p.m. news conference about the case will be held Friday afternoon. He says no other information will be released until the conference. KPEL will carry the conference live.
It has been over a month since her family and friends have seen the 22-year-old woman. She has been missing since the early morning hours of Saturday, May 19th. She was last seen in a video riding her bicycle down St. Landry Street. Several weeks ago her bicycle was found damaged below the overpass at the Interstate Ten Mile Marker 127 exit. The bicycle was then turned over to the State Police crime lab for analysis.
KPEL will continue to cover the story and bring you the most accurate information as we get it.
— Bernadette Lee and Nathan Pike contributed to this report.