VIDRINE, La. -- Human remains believed to be those of missing college student Mickey Shunick were found Tuesday near a cemetery in Evangeline Parish.
Shunick, 22, a student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, has been missing since May 19. She disappeared around 2 a.m. as she rode her bicycle home from a friend's house in downtown Lafayette.
On July 5, police arrested Brandon Scott Lavergne, 33, and charged him with first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping in Shunick's case.
Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said said officials will have to conduct additional testing before determining with certainty whether the remains are Shunick's.
"We believe these remains are Mickey Shunick's, but we are not 100%," Craft said.
Police received information from a credible source Tuesday morning about the possible location of Shunick's body, said Cpl. Paul Mouton, spokesman for the Lafayette Police Department.
The tip led investigators to a private, unpaved road in Evangeline Parish. Fifty to 60 yards down the road, they came upon a clearing with several older graves that was completely surrounded by trees, Mouton said.
The body was buried in an overgrown area behind the cemetery, about 100 yards from the highway, he said.
Investigators from Lafayette Police, the Lafayette Coroner's Office, Lousiana State University forensics scientists and other members of the multi-agency task force worked until after sundown Tuesday to recover the remains and other evidence.
"The remains do appear to be those of Mickey Shunick," Craft said at Tuesday night's Lafayette City-Parish Council meeting. "Her family has been notified. We have a lot more processing to do and some scientific identification to do, but we believe those remains are that of Mickey."
Mouton, who was on the scene Tuesday in Evangeline Parish, would not say whether the tip came from Lavergne.
A Lafayette grand jury indicted Lavergne of Swords in St. Landry Parish, on July 18 in the first-degree murder of Shunick and Lisa Pate, whose remains were found in September 1999 near Church Point.
The cemetery where the body was recovered Tuesday is about 35 miles from Lavergne's home in Swords.
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