Missing Teacher Terrilynn Monette’s Car Found; Body Inside

NEW ORLEANS, La. (KTLA) — An autopsy was scheduled on Monday to determine if a body found inside a car in New Orleans is that of a missing teacher from Long Beach.

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A car with a body inside believed to be that of Terrilynn Monette was found Saturday in a bayou in New Orleans.

Terrilynn Monette, a native of Long Beach who moved Louisiana to teach, disappeared three months ago.

The 26-year-old teacher’s black Honda Accord was pulled from New Orleans’ Bayou St. John on Saturday.

There was a decomposed body inside, police said.

A Slidell police officer who volunteered to dive into the water and search for the car located it, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

Officer Mark Michaud had been working closely with the family becasue of his expertise in diving recoveries, police told CNN.

Monette’s mother, Toni Enclade, told CNN that investigators notified her the car had been found, but not whether the body was her daughter.

She did not know when she would get a final answer, she said.

Monette was last seen on March 2 at at Dream Lounge in New Orleans, where she was celebrating being nominated for a “Teacher of the Year” award.

Authorities have focused their search on the waterways because she would have had to drive across the bayou to get home.

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