A registered sex offender, Brandon Scott Lavergne, from St. Landry Parish was arrested and booked on a first-degree murder charge in connection with the disappearance of Mickey Shunick, a Lafayette college student.

St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said Thursday night that 33-year-old Brandon Scott Lavergne was booked on first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping charges by police in Lafayette, where University of Louisiana student Mickey Shunick went missing May 19, days before her 22nd birthday.

Guidroz said the arrest came as his department helped Lafayette police search Lavergne's residence for evidence. The search continued Thursday night.

The sheriff had no details on what was found. Lafayette police have released no details. Police have scheduled a 1 p.m. Friday news conference to discuss an arrest in the case.

It was not immediately clear if Lavergne has an attorney.

Via [USA Today]