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Female Fugitives Wanted By Authorities in Florida

Liliam-Lamus

 

Police photo of Lamus Liliana

DOB: 12/09/1982
W/F 5’6″
Statewide Prosecution: Organized Fraud

Wanted for:
Organized Fraud, Money Laundering.

Last known address:
Last known address: 15617 SW 38th Terrace, Miami, FL

Alias(es):

Additional Information:
Accused of obtaining fraudulent refunds from various retail stores in Florida, Ohio, and Texas using fraudulent names, addresses, and multiple state IDs.

Report a tip at My Florida Legal

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Taylenis Alvarado

Police photo of Taylenis Alvarado

Location: Dade County, Miami, FL

Taylenis Alvarado is most wanted by Florida Department of Corrections Absconder Unit for violation of her terms of probation. Alvarado was originally convicted of robbery with the use of a deadly weapon. Sentenced to three years supervised probation in Miami, Dade County, Florida, Alvarado, disappeared 15 months after her release.

Alvarado is described as:

Birth Date: February 7, 1981
Age Now: 32
Height: 5’3″
Weight: 115 pounds
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black
Sex: Female
Race: Hispanic
DOC Number: M37639
Taylenis Alvarado is known to use the alias, Taylenis Maymir.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Taylenis Alvarado please contact: Florida Department of Correction’s Absconder Unit at (850) 410-3437 (weekdays 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M, or your local law enforcement agency.)

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Barreto-Maysonet, Virginia Maria

Name: Barreto-Maysonet, Virginia Maria
DOB: 03/14/1979
H/F 5’00″
Statewide Prosecution: Narcotics

Wanted for:
Pled to Conspiracy to Traffic in Heroin, 14 Grams or More and Trafficking in Heroin, 14 Grams or More.

Last known address:
LKA: 8303 FORT THOMAS WAY, ORLANDO FL

Alias(es):

Additional Information:
Country of Birth is Puerto Rico. Failed to appear for her sentencing. Faces minimum mandatory of 15 years up to 60 years in prison upon her capture.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please leave a tip at: My Florida Legal

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Myriam-Ramirez-Jaramillo

Name: Jaramillo, Myriam Ramirez
DOB: 02/02/1960
Race/Gender: Hispanic Female
Statewide Prosecution: RICO

Wanted for:
Racketeering, Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering

Definition of Racketeering – A person who commits crimes such as extortion, loansharking, bribery, and obstruction of justice in furtherance of illegal business

Last known address:
LKA: 6813 Villa De Costa Dr., Apt. 0-106, Orlando, FL

Alias(es): Myriam Rareiz, Miriam Ramirez

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Ramirez please contact authorities or leave a tip by clicking here.

Missing Tempe, AZ Woman Is Sought – UPDATED Tempe, AZ Woman Found Deceased

Latest UPDATE – 09/05/12 – Tempe, AZ – Authorities say a missing Tempe woman has been found dead in her car in Pinal County.It appears 41-year-old Lisa McDonald died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The missing woman’s body was found yesterday. Detectives say no other information is being immediately released.

McDonald’s family reported her missing Monday, saying they were concerned for her safety.

They say she often took lengthy drives out of the Phoenix metropolitan area with no specific destination.

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9/3/2012 – Tempe, Arizona → Tempe police are asking the public’s help in locating a missing woman. Police say Lisa McDonald, 41, was last seen Monday morning at her home near Warner Rd. and McClintock Dr. in Tempe.
Family members are concerned for her safety. She’s described as 5′ 10″ tall, 135 pounds, with dark blue eyes and shoulder-length blond hair with black underneath.  She was last seen wearing a black tank top and blue shorts and carrying a purple purse.
Family members also stated that Lisa often takes long drives outside the Valley with no destination in mind.  She was last driving a dark blue Nissan Versa with Arizona license plate ATG 4539.
If you see Lisa, do not approach her.  Instead, call 911.

Woman Wanted In Florida Since 2006 For A Hit And Run Resulting In Death

Cops also say that Abdala speaks very little English, and is known to frequent sports bars.

 Leydis Menendez Abdala (photo taken in 2006)

HIALEAH, FLORIDA — Leydis Abdala, now 38, is wanted for the August 12th, 2006 hit-and-run of Gloria Hall, 40, who was killed as she was walking to Church in Hialeah located in the state of Florida. Leydis was not only speeding, but also intoxicated when she failed to stop at a red light. Leydis showed little remorse at the scene of the accident and told police she was on the way to another bar when the accident occurred.

Leydis was released from prison temporarily while investigators waited for the toxicology results, which would prove that Leydis was driving drunk. By the time the tests came back, Leydis was already on the run.

Leydis Abdala is a Cuban immigrant living with family members in Florida when the crime was committed. Authorities believe that her family knows where she is, but are not telling and that she may still be in the Miami area or she possibly returned to Cuba. According to AMW, it is also possible that she is hiding out in Southwest US or Mexico.

Abdala is known to frequently change her hair style and color.

(Photo Of Leydis With Lighter Dyed Hair)

Statement from victims sister: ”As an officer I’ve encountered horrible accident scenes, but nothing I have witnessed could ever prepare me for what I witnessed that morning in August that
took my sister’s life.”

Leydis was 33-years-old in 2006. Police say that without makeup, Leydis almost looks like she has a black eye. She has naturally brown hair but likes to change her hair color and style of her hair quite often. She is hispanic, 5’4”, weighing approx 180 pounds at the time the crime was committed. She is known to wear green or blue contacts and often wears a lot of make-up to cover distinct, dark skin pigmentation
underneath her eyes.

Cops also say that Abdala speaks very little English, and is known to frequent
sports bars.

Gloria Hall’s friends and family, including her two daughters, miss her greatly and want justice and for Leydis Menendez Abdala to be held responsible. It has already been six years since they lost Gloria and the wounds are still there.

Gloria Hall with her two daughters.

(Photo Of Victim: Gloria Hall With Her Two Daughters)

There is a warrant for her arrest in Miami and a $5,000 reward for information leading to her arrest.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact: Hialeah police at 305-687-2525, or Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (3477).

Dyer County Awaiting Arrest In Karen Swift Murder Case

Photo Of Karen Swift Taken From Facebook Page  In Loving Memory Of Karen Swift

UPDATE: 11/29/12 – DYERSBURG, TN – Karen Swift murder investigation almost in completion:

Dyer County investigators say the investigation into the murder of Dyer County mom Karen Swift is getting close to being complete. Sheriff Jeff Box said even though it has been a year since Swift was murdered, investigators are moving toward an arrest or indictment.

They plan to go to Nashville next week to pick up evidence the TBI just finished processing.  Box says there are no witnesses to Swift’s murder so investigators have to rely on evidence.

As the investigation is winding down nerves appear to be frayed among her loved ones and friends.

To read the rest of this article, go to: WMCTV

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UPDATE: 09/21/12 – Dyersburg, TN – Dyer County Awaiting Arrest In Karen Swift Case:

The Dyer County Grand Jury meets the second week of October. It’s unclear if they will take up the Karen Swift murder case. It’s been almost an entire year since Swift was murdered in Dyersburg. The sheriff’s department has never made an arrest. They say there is a person of interest, but so far they aren’t naming any names.

Some people in Dyer County are concerned the killer could still be living among them.

“They need to find out who did that because everyone is on edge as far as getting out and riding in the country,” said Rob Roberson.

Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box says his office has looked at several people they think could be connected to the swift murder and narrowed it down to one.

Box says they are waiting on nearly a hundred pieces of evidence still being examined by the TBI before an arrest is made.

“It makes me feel uncomfortable you know. If there is a serial killer running around or something my wife goes out to the store at to places,” said Roberson.

A judge ordered Swift’s cause of death be sealed and not released until the trial.

The Dyer County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are jointly investigating Karen Swift’s murder. The Dyer County Sheriff’s Department requests any person with information about this case contact them at 731-285-2802 or call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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Updated: 09/05/12 – Swift murder suspects narrowed to ONE - DYERSBURG, TENNESSEE (FOX13)

→ Dyer County Sheriff  Jeff Box said his detectives  have eliminated all but one suspect in the probe of the Fall 2011 slaying of  44-year-old mother Karen Swift.

The name of the suspect and his or her relation to Ms.  Swift has not been released.

“I think it gives everybody a little hope,” said James  Brown, Dyersburg resident. “Lots of wondering. I think everybody just wants to  know what happened to tell you the truth.”

Sheriff Box said Monday that his department has had a  person of interest for months, but it’s the high community interest which pushed  his department to make some of the investigation details public.

“In order to ensure a successful prosecution, we will  continue to protect the integrity of this case to the end,” he said in a  statement released to the media on Monday. “The cardinal rule of law enforcement  is to do the job, but do it right.”

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MORE: Swift’s Body Found, Police Search for Murderer  (video)

Christmas photo of the Swift family with Karen in the middle wearing a red top

Ms. Swift disappeared from her home October 30, 2011 after a  Halloween party. She lived about three miles from Bledsoe Cemetery, where a  caretaker found her remains.

Her 2004 Nissan Murano, which had a flat tire, was found a  mile from her home.

So far, no  eyewitness have come forward.

Sheriff Box estimates between 50 to 100 pieces of evidence have been collected. Investigators have received much of  the lab results back, but Box stated they are looking forward to receiving  everything back that is needed to prepare this case for trial.

“Our investigators have done a very good job in compiling  the evidence and we will use all of the results of the investigation and  evidence from these agencies, in unison, to see that an arrest and conviction is  obtained,” Sheriff Box said.

Some of the evidence includes Ms. Swift’s cell phones,  which sheriff detectives hope will help pinpoint her whereabouts before, during,  and after the murder.

While the  Secret Service is using high-tech processing to analyze Swift’s cell, the  Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in Nashville is sifting through forensic lab  work.

“This processing with the Secret Service may provide  highly detailed data, which may include the time of every movement that was made  before, during, and after the murder,” Sheriff Box said. “I know the community  would like to see an arrest made, so would we. However, patience is the key and  it is paying off as time has been beneficial in making sure a conviction is  rendered, after we make an arrest.”

The Dyer County Sheriff’s Office would have named the  person of interest a suspect, but Sheriff Box said the woman or man is not on  the run from authorities or is not in danger to others.

“She was sweet, just happy person, fun  to be around,” said Kayla Wright, family friend.

“I don’t have any ideas who it could be, but hopefully it  will be resolved soon,” said Bill Revell, former Dyersburg mayor.

In what has been a tight-lipped investigation, this latest  information reveals this is an active cold case. The case will lean on DNA and  highly detailed data that will be ready for a court presentation.

“I have made additional requests top expedite the  processing of the remainder of the DNA and forensic evidence that is needed,”  Sheriff Box said. “Some of the processing includes not only lab work, but taking  the results of the investigation and having it preparing in a courtroom  presentation display format.”

“Well I’ll be glad when it comes to a solution, is  solved,” Revell said. “It’s been a very tough thing for our area.”

The Tennessee Highway Patrol Response Team is also working  with Dyer County investigators to help determine the distance her white SUV  traveled from the time Ms. Swift arrived home.

Ms. Swift’s autopsy results, which were performed by the  Shelby County Medical Examiner’s Office in Memphis, were sealed under a court  order citing the ongoing investigation.

Dyersburg is 75 miles northeast of Memphis.

Source: My Fox Memphis

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UPDATE; September 4th, 2012 – MEMPHIS, TN – Arrest may be near in Karen Swift Murder Investigation:

Stunning news out of Dyer County, investigators may be close to an arrest in the murder of Dyer County mother Karen Swift.

It’s been almost a year since Swift disappeared and was later found murdered near her home.

Dyer County mom Karen Swift disappeared after a Halloween party last October.  She was last seen by her husband David at their home on Willie Johnson Road.  Her family hasn’t spoken out since last November, less than a month before Swift’s body was found.

“If my mother is out there, we are very worried, very concerned,” said Swift’s son Preston in an earlier interview.

“People’s naturally upset.  Feel for the family…and feel, for her too,” said Dyer County resident Homer Reeves.

The 44-year-old body was discovered December 10th near Bledsoe Cemetery.  That’s when investigators began treating the case as a homicide.

There is now a person of interest in the case.

Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box says he’s hoping results from forensic lab work will be back very soon.  He says that evidence will be prepared in a courtroom presentation format.

“Currently we are not naming any suspects and will not name anyone until we feel it will benefit the case,” stated Box.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is trying to determine Swift’s movements before and after her disappearance.  They’re trying to figure out how far her vehicle traveled from the time she arrived home October 30th until it was found parked along the Millsfield Highway.

They’re using cell phone data to help determine her whereabouts.

“I don’t want to speak badly about Karen,” said attorney Steve Farese, “but there were some things going on that were quite unusual.” Swift was divorcing her husband David.  David Swift has hired Farese as his attorney.  He has not been charged with any crime. Farese told Action News Five in May 2012 that he thinks very little of the talk that his client could be his wife’s killer. “A lot of people say that.  Those people are ignorant and don’t know what they’re talking about,” said Farese.

David Swift’s attorney did tell us that he didn’t know who the person of interest was in this case. The Dyer County Sheriff says 50 to 100 pieces of evidence have already been collected in this case but he’s waiting on more.

He hopes this will lead to an arrest in this nearly year-long case.

 Source Of Article: http://www.wmctv.com/story/19441454/arrest-may-be-near-in-karen-swift-murder

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UPDATED; September 3rd 2012 The Dyer County sheriff’s office continues to investigate the death of Karen Swift:

→ Karen Swift was 44-years-old when she disappeared on October 3rd, 2011. She picked up her daughter from a Halloween party and shortly after she went missing. Soon after, her car was found abandoned with her tires slashed. A couple of months later in December, 2011, her body was found in Dyer County, Tennessee. According to Dyer County Sheriff Jeffery Box, they have ruled out every person of interest, except for one. He says you have to be very careful in assessing anyone with lab and DNA results that are still out, or even making any statement about how many persons are involved until you complete it with all results.

According to the Jeffery Box, Investigators are still doing a great job compiling the case.

”Everyone would already like to have seen an arrest, but time is not the important issue here, the important thing is doing the job right.” Said Box.  And, he says his department has been putting this case together a one piece at a time. They stated in an earlier article that they were confident this case will get solved and that solving cases takes time and isn’t like the TV shows that portray a fast suspect, fast arrest, fast conviction.

Investigators will use all results of this Investigation to lead to an arrest and conviction. Investigators are fortunate to have made all the advances that they have in this case. There are many other cases of this type where the victims are still missing and other cases that it took many years to find those missing. He says everyone should keep those families along with Swift’s love ones in our prayers.

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Update on Karen Swift homicide investigation five months after the autopsy came back:

It has been almost 5 months since Karen Swift’s autopsy report was complete. Investigators will not comment about the findings of the report because it’s sealed under a court order. A family friend says if anyone talks, the judge will throw out the case.

Neighbors say the Swift family is taking it one day at a time. Karen Swift is the Dyersburg mother who disappeared last Halloween. Her body was later discovered a few miles from her home, but no arrests have been made and neighbors say it’s hard for the family to move on.

“You don’t hear much about it anymore,” a family friend, Dalton Craig, told abc24.com.

Craig knows the Swift family well. He says the 44-year-old mother would come to his grocery store all the time. It’s less than a mile from her home. Her estranged husband, David Swift, still comes there with their kids. “He doesn’t say much. He comes and eats and don’t say much,” said Craig.

The Dyer County Sheriff told abc24.com the Karen Swift case is active and ongoing. He says if we wanted detailed information to contact the District Attorney, Phillip Bivens. We did, but we were told he was in court all day Friday. Bivens never returned any of our calls and wasn’t at his office.

The TBI is keeping quiet too. The assistant DA practically ran from us after leaving the court-house Friday, saying he had “no comment” about the Swift case. Her family and especially her estranged husband, David Swift, can’t talk to their friends about it, let alone the media.

“It’s just on hold,” said Craig. “The judge won’t let (David) say anything or he’ll close the case, close it down on him.”

Karen Swift filed for divorce October 11, 2011. She disappeared on October 30, 2011. The case turned into a murder investigation when her body was discovered on December 10, 2011 near a cemetery. Then on March 20, 2012, her autopsy report was complete. It’s sealed from the public. Today there are no suspects, no arrests, and not a peep from officials.
“There hasn’t been anything said about it and nobody has come up with any new evidence,” said Craig.

But people like Dalton Craig remain hopeful Swift’s killer will be brought to justice.

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 karen swift nissan car

Photo of Karen Swift and photo of her vehicle which was located shortly after her disappearance with a flat-tire on Millsfield Highway

Earlier information Regarding this Case

In November 2011, A friend of the missing woman told the Huffington Post:
She had picked her daughter up from a Halloween party around 1:30 that morning because [her daughter] was not feeling well.
She added: “She went to bed with her daughter, and when the girl woke up around 6 a.m., her mother was gone.”

Where is Karen Johnson Swift?

The missing Tennessee mother’s car was found near her home with flattened tires. A neighbor of the missing woman discovered her abandoned vehicle. “I noticed it was her vehicle, so I pulled in behind it and shined my lights, and I could see that she wasn’t in her vehicle,” said Marty Lamb.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, who doesn’t have the most positive track-record with solving missing persons cases, is in possession of the missing woman’s vehicle and it’s undergoing forensic testing. Hopefully they are also investigating the possibility of a serial abductor or murderer in the central and west Tennessee regions. There are just far too many cases of missing women in the area that share similarities telling of serial killer behavior. The appearances of these women, their names and their professions are just some of the numerous connections that have been made online in various sources.

The friend of the missing woman, who made the above comments, doesn’t think she would’ve willingly disappeared. She stated that Karen Swift is an avid jogger and would’ve simply run home if her car was incapacitated.

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New clues in the disappearance of Karen Swift

It’s been released that cell phone records indicate that someone accessed the missing mother’s cell phone at around 5:00 a.m. However, police are not commenting any further on this. It’s probably safe to say whatever this internet usage pertained to, it could be relevant to her disappearance.

Her husband has been interviewed by police and hasn’t spoken to the media. He isn’t considered a suspect at this time, but it’s hard not to speculate considering the circumstances. Karen Johnson Swift filed for divorce from her husband, but the two of them still lived together “under good terms.” It just seems too convenient that she vanished in the middle of the night with her daughter in her
bed with her, only to disappear without a trace. Her abandoned car just reeks of familiarity with another similar case a couple hundred miles away in Missouri. The case of missing Jacque Sue Waller is quite similar, but not connected. Her husband is currently in jail and has allegedly confessed to murdering the missing Missouri mother of triplets  to his father.

With cases like these in the news, it’s easy to speculate on the possibility that the missing Tennessee mother’s husband could know where she is. However, there are just too many disappearances in the state of Tennessee to draw such conclusions. With this woman missing in an area surrounded by several high-profile missing women cases, anything is possible.

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Karen Johnson Swift, a mother of four children, was last seen at her
home in Dyersburg, Tenn by her husband around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, October 3, 2011 after she had returned from a Halloween party.

Her car was later found with a flat tire on Millsfield Highway, about a quarter-mile from her home. She was discovered murdered months later and the investigation as to who killed the mother and wife remains unsolved.

Endangered Missing – Loida Wideman (39) – Honolulu, Hawaii

Loida Wideman Still Missing Seven Months Later

Loida-Wideman-Missing

♦ Loida Wideman was last seen on 5/13/2012 at approximately 9:30 p.m. leaving her residence in Waipahu to travel to work as a nurse at Ka Punawai Ola nursing home in Kapolei, co-workers said she never made it.

Shortly after here disappearance, Police found Wiedeman’s 2003 Saturn vehicle, after towing it form Lehua Avenue in Pearl City to the main police station.

“There’s been no trace of a cell phone, no credit card usage, no activity on her Facebook or anything. We’re very concerned for her. And we’re hoping that someone outside in the public can tell us maybe where her car is, maybe [someone] who last saw her,” said Sgt. Kim Buffett, coordinator for Honolulu Crimestoppers.

Her Family are desperate for answers, her mother,  Aurora Gabon, has shown fairly new photos of her missing daughter, hoping someone would know something. Loida’s brother,  Junior Gabon, has also spoke with media and the public.

”I want her back, this is not her character. She is very responsible to her kids and her family and also to her work,” Gabon said.

Junior Gabon also said ”We [are] still hoping that she still alive and hopefully if god’s will she can come out or if she happened to got kidnapped hopefully they could bring her back to us,”.

She has three children and police say she is very responsible. Not the type to willingly walk away. Wideman’s family is very concerned for her welfare. Loida is a 39-year-old Filipino woman who is 5’2”, weighing approx 134 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

The missing woman’s ex-husband has been arrested for violating his parole.

Lonnell Wideman was taken into custody at his Makakilo home shortly after Loida’s disappearance. Wideman had been helping to take care of their three children, ages five, eight and eleven, since she went missing.

Lonnell Wideman is on parole for crimes unrelated to his ex-wife’s disappearance, however, his criminal record includes an attempted murder conviction in 1988. Police however, haven’t listed him as a suspect.

“He’s been very helpful in this case given as much information as he can,”  Buffett said.

The public may now send anonymous text and web tips. Text “CS808” plus your message to 274637or CRIMES.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300, or *CRIME on your cellular phone. Free cellular calls are provided by AT&T, Nextel Hawaii, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless Hawaii, Mobi PCS, and Hawaiian Tel.

LATEST UPDATES: Michaela “Mickey” Shunick – Louisiana

Latest Update: 8/22/2012 - ”UL Football Team to honor Mickey Shunick with decal on helmets’ - Click link for full story http://1079ishot.com/ul-football-team-to-honor-mickey-shunick/

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Update: 8/19/2012 – On Mickey Shunick, Young woman fought for her life. Click my updated post for more information: https://letsfindthem.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/michaela-mickey-shunick-fought-for-her-life-8192012-update/

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UPDATE 8/11/2012 – Body found has been Positively identified as Mickey Shunick. Her decomposed remains were found Tuesday near a cemetery off of Louisiana  Highway 10 in Evangeline Parish.

Cpl. Paul Mouton, a police spokesman, said a “credible witness” led them to  the spot, but would not say if that witness was in fact Brandon Lavergne, who had already been charged with 1st degree murder in Mickey’s case and another homicide case. An inmate custody form shows that he was checked out of the Lafayette Parish  Correctional Center at 6:40 a.m. Tuesday and taken across the street to the  sheriff’s department. He was checked back in around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, said  sheriff’s Capt. Kip Judice.

Shunick’s remains were turned over to the Louisiana State University FACES  Laboratory to identify.

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Mickey, the missing University of Louisiana student who disappeared while bicycling in May 2012 was found deceased. Authorities found the body Tuesday (August 7th 2012), buried near a small, private cemetery off state Highway 10 in rural Evangeline Parish. The young womans disappearance made national headlines for months and many people in the community, along with Police, friends and family made many efforts to search for her, to no avail. Mickey wasn’t the type to run off and many suspected foul play almost immediately.

Although the body hasn’t been positively identified as the missing student, police strongly believe it is that of Michaela ”Mickey” Shunick.

“We are out here processing the scene,” Stated Mouton, A Police Officer who was there when Mickey’s body was found. He also stated. “We still have to positively identify the body [but] we believe strongly it probably is Michaela.”

Mouton said investigators received “credible information” from a source this morning that led them to the site. Forensic experts from LSU are on the scene assisting law enforcement in the recovery of the body.

They are in the process of carefully digging up the grave and recovering any evidence that might be there. Investigators would not comment on the condition of the body but said they believe it is a homicide.

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Mickey Shunick, was a 21-year-old senior anthropology major. She was last seen alive May 19th 2012, when she left a friend’s home on Ryan Street in Lafayette. Shunick was riding her bicycle to her home on Governor Miro Drive, which was approx 4 miles away, when she vanished.

Back in May, Mickey’s mother, Nancy Shunick, stated she was very fearful that something terrible has happened,  “I think that someone saw the opportunity and grabbed her,” she said. “She does carry pepper spray, but someone might have overpowered her.”. A few days later, a fishermen found Mickey’s black, Schwinn Madison, fixed-gear bicycle in a swampy area of the Atchafalaya Basin, about 25 miles from where the college student was last seen.

Law Enforcement received a tip leading them to Brandon Scott Lavergne, a 33-year-old registered sex offender. On July 5th, 2012, He was charged with first degree murder and aggravated kidnapping in Mickey’s case. On July 18th 2012, he was indicted for the first-degree murder of Lisa Ann Pate, a 33-year-old woman who disappeared from Lafayette Parish in July 1999 and was later found dead near Church Point. Lavergne has pleaded ”Not Guilty” to both cases, if convicted, Lavergne could possibly face the death penalty.

The family of Michaela Shunick released a statement Thursday, two days after her body was found. The statement reads – “We ask that you please respect the Shunick family by allowing them the privacy they need at this time,” the statement reads. “It has been, and still is, a long journey in the search to find Mickey, so we truly feel that they deserve some time alone.”

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