Gabby Petito Case Reminds Others of Local Cases

Thousand of people are reported missing in the united states every year. Sometimes a case like the Gabby Petito story will capture the public's attention nationally – but it’s rare.

Posted: Sep 21, 2021 6:11 PM
Updated: Sep 22, 2021 10:01 AM

Lafayette,LA - The Gabby Pettito case gained national coverage, leaving hundreds of thousands to wonder what would happen next. one mother says that she has been keeping up with the story because she also has daughters.

" I always had a fear that one of my children would turn up missing ever since they were born, but they didn't," says one Lafayette mother.

"It's scary that we women have to continue watching our backs."

Gina Forsyth says she remembered the Mickey Shunick story in 2012 and how it was genuinely heartbreaking to see such a story be so close in our backyard. "That makes me feel awful for us. I mean, there are people out there who want to bring women down."

One case that caught national attention in our area was the disappearance of Erica Hunt back in 2016. State trooper Thomas Gossen says that they are still working tirelessly to continue the search to bring justice to the family.

 
"Somebody saw her leaving and we want people to help us with that information. You know help her family. She someone sister, she's someone's daughter. Someone's niece."

Gossen says that when it comes to an individual going missing, authorities rely heavily on public tips to help further the case. "Could be something very miner that you feel has nothing relavant. It could be the missing piece that investigators need. So again we need the public help in order to solve this."

live out: once again, if you have any information that can help bring justice to the hunt family about the disappearance or death of erica hunt, you're asked to call crimestoppers at 337-232-8477.

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