Press Conference Confirms Arrest Of Brandon Scott Lavergne In Shunick Case [AUDIO]
After weeks of little to no development in the case of missing Lafayette girl Mickey Shunick, Lafayette Police confirmed today that they have made an arrest in connection with the case, but there will be no further comments at this time. According to KPEL 96.5, Corporal Paul Mouton announced at a press conference today, new information on the Shunick case as well as the arrest made in conjunction with the multi-jurisdiction task force.
This is the biggest development in the case since Shunick's bike was found over a month ago. The investigation remains ongoing.
LPD and Saint Landry Parish Sherriff Deputies are executing a search warrant of Brandon Scott Lavergne's residence on the 100 block of Elaine Lane in the Swords area. Saint Landry Parish Sherriff Bobby Guidroz says they are there investigating a major crime. He would neither confirm nor deny that the operation was in connection with the Shunick case.
UPDATE: According to numerous news outlets, St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz has confirmed that the mobile home being searched in Church Point is the address of 33-year-old Brandon Scott Lavergne. Lafayette police arrested Lavergne in Lafayette earlier today and notified the St. Landry Sheriff's Dept. to execute a search warrant at 143 Elaine Rd. where crime scene tape currently surrounds a mobile home. This address matches Lavergne's residence listed on the St. Landry Parish Sex Offenders Website. The site also lists Lavergne's vehicle as a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado, which matches the description of the prime vehicle of interest in the Mickey Shunick case. Lavergne is a registered sex offender, convicted of aggravated oral sexual battery back in 2000.
UPDATE: 33-year-old registered Tier 3 sex offender Brandon Scott Lavergne of Church Point, LA has been charged by Lafayette Police with aggravated kidnapping and first-degree murder in connection with the disappearance of Mickey Shunick. Bond was set at $250,000 on the aggravated kidnapping charge and no bond was set on the capital murder charge. A Lafayette Police Department press conference will reveal more details later today at 1 P.M.
UPDATE: Mickey's sister Charlene Shunick posted the following on her Facebook page
So, in the face of a horrific reality, we will continue to hope for something else. Our beloved child will always, always be alive to us. Our tiny hope is that she is alive in reality. May that tiny hope be true.
Our prayers are with the Shunick family during this difficult time.
UPDATE: Here's a recording of the press conference from Friday, July 6th 2012 regarding the investigation.