Body Found in Bayou ID’d as Missing SoCal Teacher

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (KTLA) — A decomposed body found inside a car submerged in a Louisiana bayou was identified on Monday as that of a missing teacher from Long Beach.


Terrilyn Monette, 26, had been missing for over three months.

Terrilyn Monette, 26, was identified using dental records, police said in a statement.

The death was ruled a drowning, and there were no signs of trauma to the body, police said.

She was last seen on March 2 leaving Parlay’s Dream Lounge in New Orleans, where she was celebrating being nominated for a “Teacher of the Year” award.

A diver with the Slidell Police Department who was volunteering to dive the waterways in the search for Monette found her Honda Accord in Bayou St. John on Saturday.

There was a decomposed body was inside the car, police said.

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

Monette, a native of Long Beach, had moved to New Orleans for the “teachNOLA” program. It sends educators to New Orleans to teach in impoverished areas.

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