No New Details Revealed In Mickey Shunick Press Conference
LAFAYETTE, La. -- Lafayette Police held a press conference Friday afternoon to discuss the latest details on the investigation into the disappearance of 22-year-old Mickey Shunick.
Long story short? There weren't very many new details.
The 15 minute press conference served to rehash already known details about the case, including a timeline of events that led to Shunick's disappearance, as well as a formal introduction of Tim Miller, the founder and CEO of Texas Equusearch, a Texas-based non-profit organization in town to assist in the search.
Miller spoke about his organization's efforts; Equusearch has brought in a team of professionals from Ohio, Texas, Alabama, and Florida.
"No community is prepared for this to happen," Miller said about the initial search efforts. "So what they did in the very beginning, they did a very good job."
Miller said they are also using drone airplanes and helicopters to assist in the search. The command center at Our Lady of Wisdom Center on St. Mary Street has been better organized, too.
"I think we have the knowledge, the experience--everybody certainly has the dedication. The only thing we're lacking right now is that little bit of luck that goes along with it...We really don't have anything to go on."
Shunick's sister, Charlene Shunick, said the family is doing well despite the lack of progress in the case.
"We're finally starting to get some sleep," Charlene said. "That's what everyone's been asking us--the first question."
Charlene appeared to be upbeat throughout the conference. As Miller made a comment about holding out hope that Mickey is alive, Charlene exclaimed, "She is alive!" with a huge smile on her face.
According to Corporal Paul Mouton, Mickey arrived at Artmosphere, a local bar, at 10:13 p.m. last Friday. She left the bar at 12:44 a.m. Saturday.
At 1:24 a.m., Mickey and Brettly Wilson, a close friend of hers and the last person to see her, went to Taco Bell. A surveillance camera at the restaurant shows Wilson's car driving through, and there is a corresponding purchase on Mickey's debit card at that time.
At 1:31 a.m., Mickey received a call from a friend. After that time, there is no further activity on her cell phone.
According to Wilson, Mickey rode away from his Ryan Street home at about 1:45 a.m.
Mouton said the Lafayette Police Department receives about 20 tips an hour in reference to the case. All of those tips are being investigated, Mouton said, but so far, none of them have panned out. Rumors that police found Mickey's cell phone and her bike are untrue, Mouton said.
"There's nothing else new on the case, unfortunately," Mouton said.