Missing Louisiana student Michaela "Mickey" Shunick's bike found under bridge

Police in Louisiana are searching for Michaela "Mickey" Shunick, a 21-year-old college student who went missing after leaving a friend's residence. Shunick was last seen riding a bicycle around 2:00 a.m. on May 19, 2012, according to a Lafayette Police Department press release. 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. Detectives are asking anyone with any information about the case to contact the Lafayette Police Department at 337-291-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS. Personal Photo

(CBS/AP) LAFAYETTE, La. - A missing Louisiana woman's bicycle has been found in a remote, swampy area under a highway bridge in Iberville Parish, about 25 miles from the spot where she was last seen eight days earlier.

Lafayette police spokesman Paul Mouton said Sunday that more than 30 officers searched the area, including a river, for 21-year-old Michaela "Mickey" Shunick, a student at the University of Louisiana.

The Advertiser reported that search dogs were set to work under the bridge and St. Martin Parish sheriff's deputies rode all-terrain vehicles in the woods, while a Louisiana State Police helicopter flew low over the area.

Shunick, of Lafayette, was last seen about 1:45 a.m. on May 19, when she left a friend's house to go home. A video taken about that time showed her and, separately, a late-model, white, four-door pickup truck.

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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