Arrest made in case of missing Louisiana college student
POSTED: Friday, July 6, 2012 - 1:41pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 6, 2012 - 1:53pm
LAFAYETTE, LA —
Update: The Lafayette Police Department held a press conference on Friday, July 6 to update the public in regards to the arrest made in the Mickey Shunick investigation. Police Chief Jim Craft detailed how Brandon Scott Lavergne was identified as a suspect, but provided little details regarding why he was charged with First-Degree Murder and Aggravated Kidnapping.
“I must caution all of you that although an arrest has been made in this case, much work is left to be done,” Chief Craft said.
“On May 19 the Shunick family reported Mickey missing… On May 25 video evidence was recovered from a Lafayette government building that captured Mickey on her bike.
“Several vehicles were also captured on the video and broadcast to the public. All the vehicles of interest were ruled out except for a white, Chevrolet Z 71 pickup truck. The driver, as well as the vehicle, was never identified, nor did anyone come forward.
“On May 26, Mickey’s bike was located under the Whiskey Bay Bridge with damage to rear tire, consistent with being struck by a vehicle.
“On June 14, investigators received information from a concerned citizen regarding a white Z 71 pickup that may be involved in Mickey’s disappearance. The vehicle in question was registered to Brandon Lavergne.
“Further investigation revealed that this truck was reported stolen in Montgomery County, Texas and later located in San Jacinto County, Texas on May 21. The truck had been burned. It was just days after the truck was located that the police had released photographs of that vehicle being a vehicle of interest. Based on information and surveillance detectives were able to positively identify the truck that traveled directly behind Mickey in the video as belonging to Brandon Lavergne. Investigators were also able to place Brandon Lavergne in and around the location of where the bicycle was located.
Thursday July 5, Louisiana State Police conducted a traffic stop on Lavergne at the intersection of I-10 and I-49. He was arrested on an unrelated warrant and he was transported to the Lafayette Police Department. During questioning Lavergne was questioned and requested an attorney.
He refused to cooperate with our investigation any further.
“At that time he was charged with the Aggravated Kidnapping and First-Degree Murder of Mickey Shunick.
“We will not rest until we fully understand what happened to Mickey,” he concluded.
Original report: An arrest has been made in the case of missing University of Louisiana student, Mickey Shunick.
The now 22 year old anthropology major attended school in Lafayette.
Shunick was last seen on Saturday, May 19 at 2:00 a.m., when she left the house of Brettly Wilson and headed home on her bicycle.
Nobody has seen or heard from her since.
The Lafayette Police Department has officially confirmed that 33 year old Brandon Lavergne has been arrested in connection to Shunick's disappearance.
Lavergne is a convicted sex offender, who lives in Church Point, LA, just north west of Lafayette.
He was convicted back in February 2000 on aggravated oral sexual battery charges.