Lafayette, LA (KPLC) - After local fisherman found a bike- police later confirming belonged to missing Lafayette woman, Mickey Shunick- caution tape and crime scene lab trucks now line the pathway under the I-10 Whiskey Bay Bridge as authorities continue to search for more evidence in the case of missing Shunick.
"We have set up a perimeter around that particular area which is directly under the bridge and we've processed it for evidence" said Lafayette Public Information Officer, Paul Mouton.
Currently the Louisiana State Police and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are searching the area on foot, ATV, watercraft and by air trying to find more evidence that would point them in the next direction.
Before surveillance video showing Shunick biking down Versailles Blvd and St. Johns St. in Lafayette were released, Shunick was last seen leaving a friend's house before 2am on Saturday, May 19.
"We had the three vehicles of interest that we were looking at" said Mouton. "We basically wanted to speak to those individuals because they were in the immediate area that Mickey was traveling in" he added.
The area under the bridge is completely blocked off and police are asking the public to stay away from the area until the search wraps up completely. For now, Mouton says finding the bike is a huge step in figuring out this case.
"We hadn't located the bike which was a big issue for us...so finding the bike is actually a big part in moving this investigation forward"
Crews were called off the search around 7pm Sunday. Mouton says they'll continue searching in daylight until they've exhausted all possible resources in finding anything else that may provide some answers.
"We're going to hash through all the evidence and see what we get out here at the scene as well as other information that's still coming in on our tips line, so that'll actually dictate the direction of the investigation" said Mouton.