The body of Mickey Shunick still hasn't been found, even after officials searched at least three suspicious dirt mounds that appeared to be grave sites. These mounds of dirt were located in a rice field in St. Landry Parish, near the property inhabited by suspect Brandon Lavergne. A farmer in the area had tipped off officials after spotting the suspicious mounds of dirt, which appeared to be graves. It's a bittersweet feeling to know that the remains of Michaela "Mickey" Shunick.
What hasn't been addressed by the media sources is whether or not investigators used sniffer dogs while searching these three suspicious mounds of earth. If so, did the dogs alert to any suspicious aromas? The reason to ask is because Lavergne may have had the woman's remains in this area at one point, only to relocate them as the pressure was heavy and he may have felt paranoid. If dogs were not used, perhaps police should consider sweeping through the area one more time with canines.
If Brandon Scott Lavergne did manage to relocate a body from this area (which is probably unlikely) where would he move it? There is just no telling what this man would have done with the remains of Mickey Shunick, but he isn't that bright. It doesn't take an intelligent man to hide a body well, but a stupid man makes mistakes. His first mistake was hitting her with his vehicle and then abducting her. Nevermind the fact that he was as stupid as reporting his truck missing afterward, burning it and then purchasing one of the same make and model. These actions indicate a panicked state by someone with less-than-impressive mental capabilities.
Someone of the apparent lack of intelligence that Brandon Lavergne possesses, would most likely hide the remains of a victim somewhere he felt comfortable, somewhere he'd either pass frequently or visit often. There are far gruesome theories as well that kind of go without saying, but what's important is that a few smart investigators use their nature-given equipment to piece together this puzzle. The time is ticking before this man goes to trial, and without a body it will be hard to land a capital murder conviction.
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