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Native linked to jailed killer

NATCHEZ — The name of a woman with Natchez roots has been linked with the investigation of a confessed two-time killer. What that link may be is unclear.

The driver’s license of Madeline Aumiller, a 1975 graduate of South Natchez High School, was found during a search of the home of Brandon Scott Lavergne, 33, who is currently serving a life sentence for the murders of two south Louisiana women committed 13 years apart.

Lavergne pleaded guilty to the killings of Lisa Pate, 35, and Mickey Shunick, 21, in August. Pate’s body was discovered in 1999, and Shunick was killed earlier this year.

The discovery of Aumiller’s driver’s license was detailed when the case file relating to the Shunick murder was released earlier this week. How Lavergne came to be in possession of Aumiller’s license and wallet is unknown.

Sally Durkin, who has had contact with Aumiller through the years, said after speaking to a mutual acquaintance she found out that Aumiller’s purse had been reported stolen some time before it was found in Lavergne’s residence June 5.

The Aumiller family moved away from Natchez, but maintained friendships with local people, and ran an obituary in The Natchez Democrat when Aumiller’s father died.

According to the file, Aumiller had been living with her brother in Beaumont, Texas, but had moved out, and while her brother had continued to put money in her bank account, it has not been accessed since April.

The case file states that Aumiller’s brother told authorities he had asked her to move out because of problems with which he could not deal.

Adams County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Courtney Taylor said that while the information from the Shunick file regarding Aumiller had been forwarded to several jurisdictions outside of Louisiana, the ACSO had not been contacted about the matter.