McGee’s Landing owner David Allemond was dismayed to discover recently that a photo of his business – albeit a pre-Hurricane Gustav one – was being floated on Facebook as possibly linked to the missing Lafayette woman.
Shunick, 22, disappeared around 2 a.m. on May 19 while she was pedaling home from the Saints Streets area of Lafayette. Her damaged bicycle was subsequently found in the Atchafalaya Basin at Whiskey Bay, on the far side of St. Martin Parish.
“People have been calling me all weekend about this,” Allemond said. “They’re expressing concern, and rightfully so. I don’t know what to do about it”
The source of this uncomfortable attention was Psychic Crime Fighter, a blog of Washington State-based mind-sleuth Shellee Hale.
Hale, who has a Seattle radio show in addition to her several blogs, simply posted the photo on www.psychiccrimefighter.com and asked those tapped in whether they knew anything about the building.
She told Teche News she had no idea what the name of the business was or that it happened to be the same name as a person interviewed by Lafayette detectives in the Shunick case.
“I was reviewing the maps based on the impressions being posted and often I will view photos in Google Maps to get a better feel of the area,” she said. “I noticed the burgundy trim which one of the members had posted on the forum in regards to a home that she was seeing via non-local perception – remote viewing – so I posted the photo to see if anyone knew what it was.”
Click on: https://maps.google.com/maps?ll=30.312839,-91.764722&spn=0.030565,0.055747&t=h&z=15&lci=com.panoramio.all, and you can see for yourself that there is no mention of McGee’s, only the words, “Starting the Atchafalaya Basin Swamp tour.”
Several people responded that it was Pat’s Restaurant in Henderson but it wasn’t long before someone correctly identified the photo as McGee’s Landing.
Goosebumps were raised when someone followed up with a link to the Independent Weekly story naming 19-year-old Rocky James McGee of Cecilia as one of “many” persons interviewed by Lafayette police in connection with Shunick’s disappearance.
Never mind that McGee’s is no longer owned by the McGees (since 1977, says Allemond), and that the two branches of McGees are only distantly related anyway.
Rocky McGee, known as “Tee Rock,” has been all over Facebook in connection with the disappearance, which might have been what put the Independent on his trail.
The Lafayette alternative newspaper dipped into the archives of the Teche News to learn that McGee was charged with felony hit-and-run two years ago after a two-vehicle crash in which the other driver, 35-year-old Amin Jalaudin Amlani, was killed.
McGee is scheduled to be sentenced in that case on Aug. 21.
“We have questioned many people in connection with this case,” LPD spokesman Cpl. Paul Mouton told the Independent. He declined to say whether McGee or anyone associated with him is still being questioned.
“That information is part of the ongoing investigation and not public record,” Mouton said. “We have no one in custody.”
The psychic Hale – who has had a number of successes in missing-persons cases, even to providing coordinates where victims were subsequently located – said that early-on in this case she had flashed on the image of a lighthouse. A Google search for lighthouses in the Lafayette area turned up the decorative lighthouse at Pat’s on the Henderson levee, and from there she started clicking on the images in Google Maps.
Postings from others on her site have also turned attention to the Evangeline Oak, Keystone Lock and Dam, Robert Smith’s castle-like home at Lake Martin, and Sugar Mill Park in Broussard.
Hale has been part of the international investigative team Find Me and is a member of Best American Psychics, an exclusive directory of professional psychics.