The remains of Mickey Shunick have most likely been found, and the media is abuzz over these latest updates. However, some new suspicions have risen in regards to the suspect in the missing anthropology student's murder. The mother of missing teen Ali Lowitzer is concerned that her daughter's case may be connected. Sixteen-year-old Ali Lowitzer vanished on the afternoon of April 26, 2010 from the town of Spring, Texas. Her unsolved case garnered media attention, quickly becoming a high-profile case. However, like many high-profile cases, the disappearance of Alexandria Lowitzer eventually lost that public attention. Here it is over two years later and the 16-year-old would be a legal adult. Unfortunately she still hasn't been found. The mother of this missing teen, and others, are concerned that Brandon Scott Lavergne just might be connected to this young woman's mysterious disappearance. After you read the following details, you just might be as well.
First of all, the man accused of abducting, sexually abusing and murdering Mickey Shunick abandoned his truck in Texas, but rented a car in none other than the town of Spring to return back to Louisiana. It's well-known by those who have studied serial killers that criminals of this caliber often stick to areas in which they find comfort and familiarity. The notorious white truck was located, burned, just about an hour from Spring.
An email from the mother of Ali Lowitzer said the following:
"When Ali first went missing there was someone that told us they saw a white truck stop on the street and talk to a girl walking. I read the truck that was burnt was white. I'm just trying to connect the dots, if any."
Some quick research of her daughter's case does in fact return results of early discussions in which a mysterious white pickup truck was recalled around the scene where her daughter was last seen. Over the course of the past several weeks, it's been pretty much established that nothing is surprising about Brandon Lavergne. He's been indicted on the 1999 murder of Lisa Pate, has been convicted of a similar attack in which the woman was not murdered, and has been accused by his former wife of severe abuse. So it's not farfetched to question the possibility of him claiming victims from Texas or other states.
"No one has seen or heard from her [Ali] since that day. and when I heard this man has been to Spring.... It really raised a red flag with me," said the missing teen's mom Jo Ann Lowitzer.
Investigators have already stated that they found several women's identification cards in Lavergne's possession, which already indicates that there are more than just a few victims. It's been well established that the man has been to Spring, Texas at least once. Hopefully law enforcement in both the states of Louisiana and Texas take notice of these concerns and reopen the investigation and search for Ali Lowitzer.
(Photo of Ali Lowitzer courtesy of Jo Ann Lowitzer)
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