Major Darryl LeBlanc of the Sheriff’s Office said his department has not been contacted by the Lafayette Police Department but the door is open, he said.
“If they (Lafayette police) request help, we will help,” LeBlanc said. “If the Lafayette police want to talk to someone in the parish, we will assist.”
The search for Shunick expanded into St. Martin Parish last week. Volunteers searched Martin Lake in St. Martin Parish and came up empty.
Deputies from the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office also helped in the search.
On Saturday, the search was expected to expand to the Vermilion River in Lafayette Parish
Shunick was reportedly last seen about 2 a.m. on May 20 riding a black and gold Schwinn bicycle. She was reportedly in route from a friend’s home on Ryan Street in the Saints Street area of Lafayette to her family’s home near Ambassador and Congress.
She is described as 5’1” tall, weighing about 115 pounds, with shoulder-length curly blonde hair and blue eyes. She has a small tattoo of a bicycle on her right outer ankle and a ring in her left nostril.
She was last seen wearing a pastel multicolored striped shirt, light wash denim skinny jeans, and silver ankle boots. She was also carrying a light brown leather backpack, a black and yellow Vera Bradley wallet, a black Verizon slider phone and a small pink container of pepper spray.
Police say they have received many tips in the case from people hoping to help find the UL student, and collect a substantial reward, but no clear leads.