Missing La. student's bike found under bridge

May 27, 2012 - 9:45 PM
Missing Student

This undated photo provided by the Lafayette Police Department in Lafayette, La., shows Michaela Shunick, who goes by "Mickey." Louisiana authorities are searching for Shunick, a 22-year-old anthropology major at the University of Louisiana, who has been missing for nearly a week after she was last seen on a bicycle in the early morning hours. (AP Photo/Lafayette Police Department)

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — 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 (http://bit.ly/KVxo15 ) 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.