LAFAYETTE, LA (FOX44) — A shocking twist during the grand jury hearing of Brandon Lavergne, the man charged with kidnapping and murdering 22 year-old Mickey Shunick is now also formally charged with the 1999 killing of Lisa Pate. A murder more than a dozen years cold.
"I know what they're going through. It's been what, twelve years or so for them. And something that they were over with and trying to get back to their normal lives and now here they are again back involved in this trial and I feel for them and anyone else out there who has missing children," Tom Shunick, Mickey’s father, added.
Tom Shunick has remained positive throughout the entire ordeal. But he said while there's a small chance she may still be out there, the possibility is dwindling.
"Not 100%, but it sure doesn't look very good does it? I mean this guy has murdered and buried a body before. Murdered a girl and buried her body before. It certainly looks like that's his M.O.," Shunick explained.
And still volunteer headquarters remains open. Those in charge say the mission stays the same, if not the end result.
“We're really looking for her body. We need to bring her home. And that's been our motto all along, 'bring Mickey home', " Margaret Bearb, the search volunteer coordinator, added.
The state has already made it clear, they're looking for Lavergne to receive the death penalty if found guilty. Shunick said whatever the punishment, it won't bring his daughter back.
"Is that too quick? I don't know. I'll just have to let the justice system determine that…. whatever they do to him. It's not going to make any difference to what's happened, " Shunick remarked.