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Michaela "Mickey" Shunick Missing: Volunteers retrace bike route of La. college student

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Michaela "Mickey" Shunick
Lafayette Police Department

(CBS/KLFY) LAFAYETTE, La. - Dozens of searchers gathered Thursday to retrace the route thought to have been taken by missing Louisiana college student Michaela "Mickey" Shunick the night she disappeared.

Pictures: La. college student missing after bike ride

According to ABC News, searchers followed the path presumed to have been taken by Shunick after leaving a friend's residence around 2 a.m. Saturday.

Hundreds gathered Tuesday night in Lafayette to pray for Shunick's return.

At the vigil, those who know Shunick shared stories about her and pleaded for anyone who has information that could help locate her to please come forward, reports CBS affiliate KLFY. Scores of strangers also reportedly showed up in a display compassion and support for Shunick's family.

Shunick was last seen riding a bicycle around 2:00 a.m. on May 19, 2012, according to a Lafayette Police Department press release. Shunick's family says they knew something was wrong Saturday morning when she didn't attend her brother's graduation ceremony, reports KLFY.

Friends, family, volunteers, and law enforcement officers have reportedly been looking for Mickey since Sunday with search efforts growing daily.

The college student, who turned 22 on Monday, is reportedly a senior anthropology major at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

A $20,000 reward is being offered for any information that may lead to finding her, according to ABC News.

Police say Shunick is a 5'1" white female, with blonde hair and weights 115 pounds. She was last seen wearing a pastel, multi-colored striped shirt, light wash skinny jeans and grey shoes. Shunick departed the residence on a black Schwinn bicycle with gold handle bar grips and wearing a brown leather backpack purse. It is believed that she was going to her residence near the intersection of Ambassador Caffery Parkway and Congress Street in Lafayette.

Detectives are asking anyone with any information about the case to contact the Lafayette Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.

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