From tragedy to hope: Local organization raises awareness for missing persons

Hope created from tragedy. Sunday marks seven years since Mickey Shunick went missing in Lafayette.

Family, friends and the entire Acadiana community came together om efforts to help find her. Now her sister is helping others find their missing loved ones.

As Mickey Shunick’s Facebook page began to get more traction, families and friends of other missing people started reaching out.

That’s when Charlene Shunick,  Mickey’s sister, started posting missing people from all over the country and helping people find their loved ones as far as Australia.  It wasn’t until September 2014 that she founded Resource Association for Missing People.

“Regardless if they’re alive or in a very poor health, or deceased that missing part is more damaging than anything else that you can experience I think, and to be that light for them, is just amazing, says Shunick.

Now a UL Sociology professor is conducting a study on what social media techniques work best from groups like this so they help find missing people faster.

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