Search Of Area Where Missing Coed’s Bike Found Comes Up Empty

Michaela Shunick (Lafayette police photo)

LAFAYETTE, La. (May 29, 2012)—Police in Louisiana searched a remote swampy area under an Interstate 10 bridge Monday after the discovery of a bicycle belonging to a University of Louisiana student who was last seen on May 19, but the search didn’t produce any other significant evidence, authorities said.

Michaela Shunick, 21, who goes by "Mickey," is a senior anthropology major at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

She was last seen at a house on May 19 in a neighborhood popular with college students.

She left the home at around 2 a.m. on a black bicycle.

Some local fishermen found the bicycle beneath the Whiskey Bay Bridge on Interstate 10 and notified police.

Authorities searched the enter area and the river, but found nothing Monday.

Detectives in Lafayette said surveillance video from a local business shows someone on a bicycle the morning Shunick was last seen, and they believe it was Shunick.

Shunick is white, with blond hair, and about 5-foot-1 and 115 pounds.

She was wearing a pastel multi-colored striped shirt, skinny jeans, gray shoes, and was carrying a leather backpack purse.

Louisiana state police and the FBI are assisting in the investigation.