Louisiana authorities believe they have located the body of Michaela "Mickey" Shunick, the missing University of Louisiana student who disappeared while bicycling in May.

According to Cpl. Paul Mouton, a spokesman for the Lafayette Police Department, authorities found the body Tuesday, buried near a small, private cemetery off state Highway 10 in rural Evangeline Parish.

"We are out here processing the scene," Mouton told The Huffington Post. "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," the corporal said.

Mouton would not comment on the condition of the body, but said, "We believe it is a homicide."

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  • Mickey Shunick

    Authorities in Louisiana are searching for Michaela "Mickey" Shunick, a 22-year-old senior anthropology major at the University of Louisiana, who was last seen on the morning of May 19.

  • Brandon Lavergne

    Brandon Lavergne was arrested on a murder charge in connection with Louisiana college student Mickey Shunick's disappearance.

  • Mickey Shunick

    Mickey Shunick left a friend's home on Ryan Street in Lafayette, Louisiana on the morning of May 19. Shunick was cycling to her home on Governor Miro Drive, a distance of about four miles, when she vanished without a trace, the Lafayette Police Department said.

  • Mickey Shunick

    Ashley Says and Brettly Wilson, friends of Mickey Shunick, give instructions to friends, family and other concerned volunteers at the beginning of a search party for Shunick, a 21-year-old woman last seen on her bicycle leaving Wilson's house on Ryan Street, pictured, in the early overnight hours Saturday in Lafayette. (<a href="http://www.theadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012205220313" target="_hplink">Leslie Westbrook, The Advertiser</a>)

  • Mickey Shunick

    Friends, family and other concerned volunteers begin a search for Mickey Shunick, a 21-year-old woman last seen on her bicycle leaving a home on Ryan street in the early overnight hours Saturday in Lafayette. (<a href="http://www.theadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012205220313" target="_hplink">Leslie Westbrook, The Advertiser</a>)

  • Mickey Shunick

    A private donor is offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to Mickey Shunick's whereabouts, no questions asked.

  • Mickey Shunick

    Volunteer and friend Ashley Says comforts Charlie Shunick, Mickey Shunick's sister, on Monday, Mickey's 22nd birthday. (<a href="http://www.theadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012205220313" target="_hplink">Megan Wyatt, The Advertiser</a>)

  • Mickey Shunick

    Mickey Shunick is described as a white female, 5'1" tall and approximately 115 lbs. She has shoulder-length blonde hair and blue eyes. Shunick has a small tattoo of a bicycle on her right outer ankle and a nose ring on her left nostril. She was last seen wearing a pastel striped shirt, light wash denim skinny jeans, and silver ankle boots. She was carrying a light brown leather backpack, a black and yellow Vera Bradley wallet, a black Verizon slider phone and a small pink container of mace.

  • Mickey Shunick

    Mickey Shunick's siblings, Charlie and Zack Shunick, investigate possible routes Mickey traveled on her bicycle early Saturday morning. (<a href="http://www.theadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012205220313" target="_hplink">Megan Wyatt, The Advertiser</a>)

  • Mickey Shunick

    Friends, family and other concerned volunteers begin a search for Mickey Shunick, a 21-year-old woman last seen on her bicycle leaving a home on Ryan street in the early overnight hours Saturday in Lafayette. (<a href="http://www.theadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012205220313" target="_hplink">Leslie Westbrook, The Advertiser</a>)

  • Mickey Shunick

    Friends, family and other concerned volunteers begin a search for Mickey Shunick, a 21-year-old woman last seen on her bicycle leaving a home on Ryan street in the early overnight hours Saturday in Lafayette. (<a href="http://www.theadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012205220313" target="_hplink">Leslie Westbrook, The Advertiser</a>)

  • Mickey Shunick

    Mickey Shunick's siblings, Charlie and Zack Shunick, investigate possible routes that Mickey traveled on her bicycle early Saturday morning. (<a href="http://www.theadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012205220313" target="_hplink">Megan Wyatt, The Advertiser</a>)

  • Mickey Shunick

    Ashley Says, left, and Lindsay Beggs, friends of Mickey Schunick, post flyers Sunday morning during a search Schunick, a 21-year-old woman last seen on her bicycle leaving a home on Ryan street in the early overnight hours Saturday in Lafayette. (<a href="http://www.theadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012205220313" target="_hplink">Leslie Westbrook, The Advertiser</a>)

  • Mickey Shunick

    Police in the Lafayette area encourage anyone with any information regarding Mickey Shunick's whereabouts to contact them at 337-291-8600. Tipsters can also send an email to findmickeyshunick@yahoo.com.

  • Ashley Says, Kim Schifino and Mickey Shunick

  • Mickey Shunick with her brother Zack, her sister, Charlene, her father Mckey and her mom Nancy.

  • Mickey Shunick and her sister Charlene

  • Mickey Shunick and her sister Charlene

  • Mickey Shunick and Raven Talley

  • Ashley Prado, Marion Trosclair and Mickey Shunick

Shunick, a 22-year-old senior anthropology major, was last seen alive May 19, when she left a friend's home on Ryan Street in Lafayette. Shunick was cycling to her home on Governor Miro Drive about 4 miles away, when she vanished.

In May, Shunick's mother, Nancy Shunick, told The Huffington Post she was fearful something terrible has happened to her daughter. "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 after the HuffPost interview with Shunick, fishermen found Mickey Shunick'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.

Investigators later received a tip leading them to Brandon Scott Lavergne, a 33-year-old registered sex offender. On July 5, Lavergne was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping in Shunick's case. On July 18, 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, an offshore worker from rural St. Landry Parish, has pleaded not guilty in both cases.

The Shunick family released a brief statement Tuesday evening via Margaret Bearb, a volunteer who has been helping in search efforts.

"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."

Authorities have not yet said how long it will take to positively identify the body.

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