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July 2012: Mickey Shunick NOT Found as Possible Grave Sites Near Brandon Scott Lavergne’s Property Turn Up Nothing

Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office

FINAL UPDATE, 10:25 a.m.: After a busy morning of digging in the Swords region near Lawtell, St. Landry Parish officials have ruled out three mysterious dirt mounds as possible gravesites for missing UL-Lafayette student Mickey Shunick.

Mickey Shunick's body found on Aug. 7 --

Throughout the morning Lafayette media sources reported live from St. Anne’s Catholic Church in St. Landry Parish where a farmer had reported three areas that looked as if they may be shallow graves. KLFY-TV 10 and KATC-TV 3 reported that the investigation was being held at a location two miles from Brandon Scott Lavergne’s property in Lawtell.

Those same outlets reported that St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said that none of the three areas were graves and today’s search was called off.

UPDATE 8:51 a.m. — St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz just told KLFY that a farmer called in a tip.  There were three possible shallow graves.  Guidroz said officials have ruled out two of those sites, and are still looking at the last one.  It will be another two hours before they can be sure.  So far nothing has been found related to the case.

KATC reports that the gravesite is on the grounds of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in the Swords area.  Deputies are on the property after a tip came into the office, according to the St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz.

He said that the site appears to be a grave, but investigators are not certain. Guidroz adds his office conducts searches on all reports they receive of possible graves … Cadaver dogs are on the scene assisting in the investigation.

This news comes as Lavergne’s case is set to go before a grand jury next week.  Despite not having found Shunick, Lavergne is facing a first-degree murder charge and an aggravated kidnapping charge.  However, investigators have also been keeping information close to the vest to protect their case, so it’s hard to know just how hard it will be to indict him.

Check out our other coverage of the Mickey Shunick case

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