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Investigators have announced a major break in the disappearance of a 21-year-old University of Louisiana college student who was last seen riding her bike home from a friend’s house in the early morning hours of May 19.
Two fishermen discovered the missing co-ed’s bike Sunday morning under a bridge at the Atchafalaya River. The discovery was made approximately 27 miles from where Michaela “Mickey” Shunick was last seen.
Lafayette Police spokesman Paul Mouton told HLN that police are still examining the bike for evidence and will not release the condition of the bike at this time. Family members confirmed the bike found belonged to their missing daughter.
Police have also uncovered surveillance video which they believe captured Shunick riding her bike just minutes after she left her friend’s home. Investigators announced they are seeking information on at least three vehicles also seen on the surveillance video.
Mouton told HLN the vehicles of interest include:
• A white, four-door truck that was travelling in the same direction
• A white, four-door Chevrolet Z71, also headed in the same direction
• A 80’s or 90’s GM model vehicle with rear right body work, travelling in the same direction
• A white truck with a bed cover that was travelling in the opposite direction about three minutes after Mickey passed through the area
Authorities have not determined whether two of those images show the same vehicle.
Police say they have interviewed another 21-year-old girl who claims a man driving a white pick up truck offered her a ride two months ago. Joy Patterson, the mother of the 21-year-old, told HLN’s Nancy Grace that her daughter was riding her bike home from a doctor’s appointment when she accepted a ride from the man because she was exhausted.
Patterson says her daughter placed her bike in the back of the man’s white GMC Sierra 2500 Texas Edition and he gave her a ride for six blocks. Patterson said the man and her daughter began talking and she told him she was looking for a job. He then offered her money for sex, according to Patterson. When she no, he let her out of the car.
During the course of the ride, the man also told her he “liked to ride around town looking for pretty young girls to pick up,” Patterson said.
The incident was never reported to police because the 21-year-old was scared, according to her mother. Police have not said whether they believe the incident is connected to Mickey Shunick’s disappearance.
A massive grid search of the river and the area where Shunick’s bike was found is being conducted by police Monday. Authorities are asking the public to stay away so law enforcement can thoroughly process the scene.
Tom Shunick, Mickey’s father, told HLN’s Nancy Grace he feels that his daughter is still alive.
Mickey Shunick is a white female, 5’1”, 115 lbs, with shoulder-length blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seeing wearing a pastel striped shirt, jeans and gray shoes. If you have any information regarding her disappearance, please call police at 337-291-8633. There is a $25,000 reward.
For more on the case, go to www.hlntv.com
Prominent forensic scientist Dr. Henry Lee said Friday that possible blood stains discovered by police in the Isabel Celis investigation could provide significant information.
Lee, well-known for his work on O.J. Simpson's defense team, told HLN's Nancy Grace that details contained in newly released police reports may be crucial to solving the mystery of the 6-year-old's disappearance.
One document obtained by HLN Friday states that "apparent blood" was found in the middle bedroom in the east side of the house. It also notes that a shower curtain and white hat with red-brown stains on them were found in one of the cars outside the home.
Field tests to determine whether the stains on curtain were from blood were not completed at the scene, and Dr. Lee suggested there may be a good reason for that. If the stain was small enough, the field test could destroy too much of it to allow DNA testing to be done later, he said. Lee added that forensic tests on a complete sample could enable investigators to determine whether the blood is human, whose blood it is and whether someone has tried to clean it.
The police reports also show that footprints were found on an electrical box behind the Celis house. According to Lee, those footprints could have great investigative value. Examination of a shoeprint can reveal the height and weight of the individual who left it and potentially even the brand of shoe they wore. Lee said authorities have likely searched for linkage to similar prints in or around the house, in a neighbor's yard or anywhere else in the area.
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Newly released police reports are raising more questions in the search for missing 6-year-old Isabel Celis. The reports were provided to some news organizations, HLN is currently seeking its own copies.
ABC News reports that documents released Thursday by the Tucson Police Department reveal “apparent blood” was found on the floor of one of the bedrooms in her family’s home. According to HLN affiliate KOLD, the reports also show a white hat and shower curtain with “dark red-brown or brown stains” were removed from a car at the house.
Among other possible evidence detailed in the documents, investigators photographed writing on Isabel’s closet-door frame and walls, the Arizona Daily Star reported. Footprints were believed to be found on an electrical box behind the house and on the ground nearby.
Isabel Celis was reported missing on the morning of April 21. Her parents, Sergio and Becky Celis, said she vanished sometime after they put her to bed around 11:30 the previous night. Becky Celis reportedly left for work around 7:30 a.m. without checking on Isabel. Sergio Celis said in his 911 call that when he went to wake her around 8:00, she was gone. When police arrived, her bedroom window was open and the screen was in the backyard.
Police have said they believe Isabel was abducted, but they have not named any suspects in the case.
Friday night, HLN’s Nancy Grace investigates what these new details could mean. Do they bring us any closer to learning what happened to Isabel Celis? Find out on Nancy Grace Friday at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET only on HLN.
LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA – Police are searching for a 22-year-old University of Louisiana anthropology major who was last seen riding her bike home from a friend’s house.
At approximately 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, Michaela "Mickey" Shunick left her friend’s house on her bike and headed home. She hasn’t been seen since. The college student was supposed to attend her little brother’s high school graduation later that day but she never showed up. Her parents reported her missing at 6:30 p.m. that night. Her friends say she had plans to check on her pet horse that weekend and to travel to New Orleans on Monday to celebrate her 22nd birthday.
Dozens of volunteers searched for the missing college student the day after she was reported missing, but found no sign of her bike, brown leather backpack, wallet, or her cell phone. Abandoned buildings and drainage areas have also been searched. Volunteers began searching the route she likely took home from her friend’s house, but found no sign of the missing girl or her belongings. Her mother says she rode the route regularly and it’s a safe area. The FBI and Louisiana State Police are now assisting in the student’s mysterious disappearance. Canine and helicopters searchers have failed to turn up any clues.
Mickey Shunick is 5’1”, with shoulder-length curly blonde hair and blue eyes. She has a small tattoo of a bicycle on her ankle and a nose ring. She was last seen wearing a pastel striped shirt, jeans and silver or gray ankle boots. She was carrying a light brown leather backpack. If you have any information regarding her whereabouts, please call police at 337-291-8633. There is a $20,000 reward.
For more on the case, go to www.hlntv.com
Police said Monday they will return to the neighborhood where a 6-year-old Tucson girl was reported missing a month ago in hopes of speaking with residents who may not have been interviewed when the area was originally canvassed.
Tucson Police Lt. Fabian Pacheco told reporters at an afternoon press conference that officers investigating the disappearance of Isabel Celis also plan to re-interview all of the Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders nearby whose crimes targeted children under 10 years old. They have spoken to more than 540 registered sex offenders since Isabel was reported missing on April 21.
Pacheco said police will distribute a new flyer that asks several questions of people living or working in the general vicinity of the Celis home:
Isabel’s parents, Sergio and Becky Celis, told police that she vanished from her bedroom in the middle of the night after they put her to sleep on April 20. In his 911 call, Sergio Celis said he went to wake her around 8:00 a.m. on April 21, but she was gone and her window was open with the screen lying in the backyard.
According to Pacheco, police are still considering the possibility that Isabel was abducted by a stranger, but they have not ruled out anyone, including family members, as suspects. He said the Celis family has been cooperating with the investigation so far and he hopes they will continue to do so.
Pacheco also announced that Monday’s press briefing was the last regularly scheduled update on the case police will be holding.
At a vigil over the weekend, Becky Celis spoke out in defense of Sergio, who has not been charged or named as a suspect in the case. He recently reached a voluntary agreement with Child Protective Services to stay away from their other two children. Authorities have not commented on what led to that decision.
“He’s a great husband, a great father to the boys and to Isabel,” Becky Celis told KGUN. “At the end of the day when Isabel comes home, everybody’s questions will be answered.”