This week as news spreads of yet another missing college student, 22 year old Mickey Shunick of Lafayette, Louisiana I found myself wondering if there is any connection to the Lauren Spierer case. I write about Lauren regularly, hoping that each time I do will be the day their family finds out what happened.
As soon as I heard of the disappearance today, I searched to find the girls height and weight. Ironically or not so ironically, Mickey is a 5'1", 115 lb blonde. Eerily similar to Lauren Spierer, 4'11", 90 lb blonde missing from Indiana University since June 3, 2011. Again, startlingly similar to Kelli Bordeaux, 5'0", 99 lb blonde missing from Fort Bragg, North Carolina since mid April 2012. The same as Holly Bobo, 5"3" 110 lb blonde missing from Decatur County, TN since April 13, 2011. There are several more and although I am not a detective I certainly see a pattern.
After Kelly Bordeaux went missing, my thoughts had turned to Lauren. Their appearances are so similar that it's hard not to. Despite each case being in a separate state, I find it difficult to ignore the similarities. There is a private investigator that has written about the similarities prior to the most current missing girl this week. So I know I am not completely off base.
Mickey Shunick left her friends to ride her bike home at 2AM. Despite carrying a can of mace with her, she met with some sort of foul play and disappeared into thin air. Just like Lauren, just like all the other girls. I always question why girls are out in the wee morning hours alone as Lauren Spierer was last seen at nearly 5AM.
There were times when my girls were growing up that I drove them completely crazy about ever being out alone. I didn't even like them driving late at night let alone be walking or on a bike in the dead of night by themselves. I have always lived in what would be referred to as a "safe" neighborhood. Yet, that didn't register with me - the safety of my girls was always number one. Neurotic or not, I have always acted as though no particular place is safe at night, alone. No good things can happen at 2AM or 5AM in the middle of the night if they were alone on foot or a bike.
When kids are away at college though, it is hard to know what they are doing. When they are young and living on their own they have their own set of rules and beliefs of what is safe. It is our job as parents to set the stage for the what if's before they leave. Perhaps I went overboard with my girls and instilled the fear of God in them.
The parents of all these missing girls are living their worst nightmare, their girls have just simply disappeared without a trace. The striking similarities in these cases are something that should not be ignored. I am a strong advocate for the plights of missing children. Therefore, although I am "just a blogger", if anything I write or say can be used to help, spark a thought or otherwise I am happy.
Perhaps the parents of all these girls need to connect with each other. Maybe they already have. Other parents out there, teach your girls what is and isn't appropriate and safe. Even if they think you sound crazy, more than you think will sink in. If there is a connection between these girls and they fit the profile of a target of a serial killer, look at the similarities. If your daughters fit the profile, just make sure you teach them to be safe and smart. Keep your eyes and ears open and be aware.
If anyone has any information regarding any of the missing girls noted, please contact the local authorities in their areas.
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