Bloomington PD clarify reason for contacting Lafayette

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 2:51pm

LAFAYETTE, LA (FOX44) — A representative with the Bloomington, Ind. Police Department clarifies that its reason for contacting the Lafayette Police was nothing more than standard procedure and does not indicate any possible connection between its case and that of Mickey Shunick.

“I indicated that we’d made an ‘inquiry’ of officials in Louisiana – which would seem to be the responsible thing to do and what we have done on other occasions with other cases,” Cpt. Joe Qualters, Bloomington Police Department, explained.

The Bloomington Police Department added that there has been no “significant” development in the case of Lauren Spierer, a 20-year-old woman whose physical description is very similar to that of Mickey Shunick.

Spierer is described as 4’11” tall and roughly 90 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes and was last seen on the morning of June 3, 2011. She was walking in Bloomington after a night of partying with friends.

Although the two cases have similar characteristics on paper, the Lafayette Police Department also noted that there does not seem to be any tangible connection between the two.

“They contacted us and we did share information pertaining the two cases,” Cpl. Paul Mouton, Lafayette Police Department, explained. “We currently do not think the two are related, but we are looking at the information they provided us to see if there are any similarities.”

Missing person cases are registered into a national database and are accessed by all law enforcement agencies.

The Lafayette Police Department is going to release more information today regarding the Mickey Shunick case. A press conference has been called for 3:30 p.m.

If you have any information about Mickey Shunick call the devoted tips line at (337) 291-8633.

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