Law enforcement sources assert that that evidence led investigators to registered sex offender Brandon Scott Lavergne, 33, previously convicted of tying, blindfolding and sexually assaulting a teenager while stationed at Fort Polk near Leesville.
He was arrested Thursday afternoon on first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping warrants signed by 15th District Judge Marilyn Castle. No bond is set on the capital charge; a $250,000 bond is set on the kidnapping charge.
Officers and technicians were at Lavergne’s mobile home in the community between Lawtell and Eunice late into the night.
Throughout the afternoon and evening officers emerged from the property with bags presumably containing possible evidence to support the state’s charges.
A link that allegedly connected Lavergne to the case was developed from the Whiskey Bay crime scene, sources said.
They would not say what the alleged link might have been.
A press conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday in Lafayette to discuss the case, police said.
Shunick, 22, disappeared on May 19 after bicycling from a friend’s home about 2 a.m. in Lafayette to her home. She has not been reported seen since.