Missing La. student case eerily similar to Spierer's

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The case of a missing Louisiana college student that's gained national attention has eerie similarities to the disappearance of Indiana University student Lauren Spierer nearly a year ago.

Michaela "Mickey" Shunick, 22, a senior at the University of Louisiana, was last seen leaving a friend's house near campus just before 2 a.m. May 19.

Detectives said surveillance video from local businesses shows a woman believed to be Shunick riding her bike after leaving the home.

Police said they are now looking for the driver of a white pickup truck that was also seen driving along the same streets a short time later.

Shunick's bicycle was found Sunday under a bridge in a swampy area about 25 miles from where she was last seen, police said.

Bloomington police Capt. Joe Qualters told the Herald Times on Saturday that his department had contacted Louisiana authorities regarding similarities between Shunick's case and that of Spierer.

Shunick is described as white, 5 feet 1 inch tall and 115 pounds with blond hair.

Spierer, 20, was described as 4 feet 11 inches tall and 90 pounds with blond hair when she was last seen on the morning of June 3 walking in Bloomington after a night of partying with friends.

Bloomington police early on ruled out a white pickup truck caught on surveillance video driving by the area that Spierer was last seen.

Police at first thought the truck circled the block suspiciously, but said they later determined a time discrepancy between video cameras was the reason the truck appeared to go by twice.

Sunday will mark one year since Spierer was last seen.

Qualters told the newspaper that his department had not yet received a call back regarding the Louisiana case.

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