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Michaela Shunick Body Found: Missing Student's Remains Discovered In Louisiana

Michaela Shunick

08/10/12 03:31 PM ET  AP

LAFAYETTE, La. -- Police in Louisiana say a body found this week has been identified as that of a college student who had been missing since May.

Lafayette police say the body was that of Michaela "Mickey" Shunick. She had been last seen riding her bicycle from a friend's house early May 19, days before her 22nd birthday. Eight days later, the bike was found partially submerged in a swampy area under a highway bridge.

Her decomposed remains were found Tuesday near a cemetery north of Lafayette. Police have said a "credible witness" led them to the spot.

Authorities have not said whether that witness is 33-year-old Brandon Lavergne, a registered sex offender who is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping in Shunick's death. He has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bond.

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