Lafayette Police don't believe there's a connection between the 2011 disappearance of Lauren Spierer, left, of Bloomington, Ind., and Mickey Shunick of Lafayette.
Lafayette Police do not see any possible links between the disappearance more than a week ago of 22-year-old UL student Mickey Shunick and a case in Bloomington, Ind., that bears some similarities. A police spokesman in Lafayette has confirmed that investigators in Indiana have contacted the LPD concerning the disappearance a year ago of 20-year-old Lauren Spierer, who vanished after a night on the town.
The cases bear striking — if coincidental similarities: each involves the disappearance of a young, attractive, blond coed, and in each case a white pickup truck was spotted in surveillance video. But, Cpl. Paul Mouton of the LPD tells a Baton Rouge television station, that’s where the similarities appear to end. “They contacted us and we did share information pertaining the two cases,” Mouton says. “We currently do not think the two are related, but we are looking at the information they provided us to see if there are any similarities.”
This latest twist in the case comes about 48 hours after the discovery of Shunicks black Schwinn bicycle near the Whiskey Bay exit on Interstate 10 in the Atchafalaya Basin. Personnel from several area law enforcement agencies cordoned off the area and conducted a detailed search, but by Monday abandoned that effort after no new evidence was discovered.
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