New twists in missing Louisiana student case
Search continues for Michaela Shunick
- Duration 10:16
- Date Jun 3, 2012
Search continues for Michaela Shunick
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Searching for this truck.
A white Ford or Chevrolet Z 71 pick up truck last seen on video traveling in the same direction as missing -- -- making issue neck.
Her better bicycle is found in a swamp.
Miles from where she was last seen.
Joining us lieutenant on -- from the Lafayette Louisiana police department.
And Charlene shoot -- is making -- sister and Tom her father join us by Skype.
Now I'm gonna go to you lieutenant -- can you tell us what the latest is with this case.
Judge we're -- our investigation as we have for the last two weeks since her disappearance.
We're following up on all the tips that are coming in.
Evidence that's being provided to us and out.
We were taken it.
We're putting forth the effort until we find -- we're making what about this white pickup truck why are you looking for it and what will tell you.
Did the white pickup truck was seen in the last video that we have Mickey Wright and her bicycle and Lafayette.
The the truck was in the general area when and when Vicki passed and we're hoping to talk to the occupants -- -- truck maybe they can lead us into direction we need to go as to what possibly happened to her.
We've made and he interviewed him to maybe they were involved in in her disappearance.
But I right now since it's -- interest just simply for us to talk and obtain clues from the.
All right -- it's 2 o'clock in the morning.
Mickey is bicycling from a friend's house is -- a friend to boyfriend was at a party what -- who was this person is how she left.
It was a male friend that she's.
Did they were each trip with friends they've -- -- for several years they had gone out earlier that evening they win -- to -- at a local nightclub.
When they left the nightclub days went by and they picked up some due -- enemy returned as else where they ate the -- and she she simply.
Left -- -- ride her bike if she normally would at that time OK so it's.
Miles from the friend's house to -- our own house do we know how far she got.
The video footage we have it's probably about a mile into her route.
So no we don't know what she got over we don't know -- she got past that one mile points.
No -- that -- -- all we have at this point to work with OK and her bike has been found where was the -- found.
The the -- was found.
In swampy area off of interstate that runs through Louisiana -- -- a major ordering to our state.
It was found dumped in the in the river.
It's it's it's a real really secluded area that she's primarily by -- and people -- hunter and fisherman.
How far was -- what -- -- I'm -- lieutenant but how far was it from where she was last seen.
Probably about 2728.
Miles from where she was last seen -- -- -- -- with Cisco overrated Charlie and Tom on making sister and dad.
Thank you for being with us and I I I know that you obviously are.
Are very anxious and -- and hoping to find Mickey but let let me ask you -- -- -- for making a rider bike home with 2 in the morning.
-- -- Go to buy a lot -- And 98 if there was an unusual -- -- done it before.
Or write in from do you as her father and her sister.
Did she ever complain about anyone following her stalking her -- anyone who didn't like her -- gave her problem.
Not to my knowledge he he never mentioned anything to me about it.
Never heard anything about anyone -- her at -- -- -- in -- sizing you know this person whose house she left.
-- -- -- And he's he's a friend.
Yeah I wanted to ask -- north -- Washington -- there.
For several years.
Okay and you know what what did you think when you heard that -- bike was found 27 miles from her friend's house.
I don't think that was still on your -- it down -- -- It would -- me out point five -- to get there.
If her home was four miles from her friend's house it's 2 in the morning why -- -- byte be 27 miles away from.
Her friends arts.
Somebody apparently parted and they dump it out there you know we learn about the black course but -- are -- days afterward.
But our time you know it's like everybody else -- -- you know we went through so many buried -- mind what could have happened.
-- department right there I'm not.
I picked out.
What -- the public do to help time.
Looked at me if they're in particular area of Blackberry is an unbelievable -- everybody it was -- so many volunteers to search.
I -- married a public interest if there -- out you know it's still out there somewhere ought to be you know.
A blonde but that want -- -- -- -- girl please report somebody you think -- you know remotely connected to connect.
-- and Charlie just very quickly but -- -- your your sister.
I mean do you have any sense of whether she might have gone somewhere or or what do you think happened.
Well I mean -- exceeded their government and am pretty sure that there.
All right really spell like (%expletive) that say now is really need to under.
Well we certainly hope and pray that she is okay -- lieutenant Burris and Charlie and Tom.
Our thoughts are certainly review and please keep in touch with us and remember if you have information please go -- Lafayette police department.
-- should be up on the screen.
Anyway now to our panel doctor Michael Baden forensic pathologist and Fox News contributor.
Candice DeLong former FBI profiler and hosted kgo radio's prime time and -- Brosnan.
Former NYPD homicide detective CEO -- Brosnan risk consultants.
Doctor Bob I'm gonna start with you.
They find the bicycle.
And they say that it's damaged in -- swamp what would forensics tell you about this bicycle.
Well the first thing would be was the bicycle struck by a vehicle.
Because if the bicycle was struck by a vehicle that may be paint -- -- fragments.
On the bicycle even though was.
Dumped in the water.
It would as a -- says we'll probably would have happened with the speed that whoever.
Damage to -- whoever.
Took the -- probably put it in the vehicle and dumped it in the remote area.
Now what's happened.
To young lady if we don't know.
The but she was not -- with the by.
Well -- and what's insisting that Candice along -- former FBI a profiler.
Is that the police say that the bicycle.
Was not just pushed over a bridge that it was under the bridge.
That it was placed there it appears that she didn't drive off the road -- bicycle off the road.
But what would you look for as a profiler here.
Well one of the things that that occurred to me in this.
This as the -- when you were talking to use sad that.
The bicycle was found in an area that was pretty much only known to hunters and fisherman somebody familiar with the area that's where I would certainly think.
Definitely -- the person is -- and then what occurs to me is what's this it if somebody hit her.
Was it intentional.
So that they could get her.
Or -- or perhaps an accident c'mon.
2 or 3 o'clock in the morning lot of people out there driving around -- intoxicated.
Somebody might have accidentally hitter for my gosh when am I gonna do -- killed this innocent girl.
And they take her bicycle and her to get rid of them all right -- Brosnan former homicide detective 27 miles away if they did accidentally hit her.
Where's her you know we hope that's not the case but -- where is she they found the bicycle.
Mostly it's impossible to speculate with any degree of precision where she could be should be anywhere -- anywhere from Lafayette street.
Anywhere on planet other than that -- -- -- truck is key the truck is Q.
I do not believe for 12 and I certainly don't think you believe.
That she's bicycle rode 27 miles and we all agree with the vehicles that they -- 2 in the morning site right -- right and why can't that right.
And we also know that a sedan.
Even four door sedan you generally can't get that Schwinn.
Into the incident of vehicle and close -- dollars.
But could sort of a roof but that's not that so what you're saying is that possibly pick up truck L a Z 71 big.
Not the one that was covered that was excluded but the other one.
The one -- -- looking for the one that ties together.
With the prior.
We have some friends that -- we have forensics back yet so if there was an accident as -- suggests.
Then there would be may be white paint or something on the back of the bicycle -- damaged.
That's right and the pain that can tell who the crime -- exactly which vehicle that came from and to that attitude that.
Determine whether it's any of the vehicles that was on the video and I think the video of the truck of the cars and vehicles there it shows how the ubiquity the oval new technology at 3 in the morning they're able to get video -- That's great in some remote area.
But -- that's only if that's the last area you know that she was seen -- she got a pass another fifty pickup trucks on our way home right we don't know.
It she didn't make it home how long would it take.
She was they think one mile.
Opt out of her four miles home how long would it have taken her to go three more miles or just -- a lot of people out driving around 3 in the morning in Lafayette.
-- -- -- Generally speaking one and one does equal to.
What's the most important thing that'll eventually it.
Need to be determined is intent what it was an accident or something more sinister well let's hope that she is found and she is found safe but -- -- -- doctor -- can't just -- -- pat frost and all -- you stick around with us.