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California Woman Who Moved to New Orleans to Teach Disappears

NEW ORLEANS (CNN) –  Terrilynn Monette has been missing since the morning of March 2nd.

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LONG BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) — Hundreds of people gathered to remember 26-year-old teacher Terrilynn Monette at a memorial service on Sunday in Long Beach.

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A memorial was held on Sunday for 26-year-old teacher Terrilynn Monette.

The service was held at Monette’s alma matter, Wilson Classical High School.

Family and friends paid tribute to the Long Beach native, who had moved to New Orleans to teach, by sharing stories of love and joy.

 

“Her charm, her kindness, her courage and of course her smile are the things the world will always remember about our sister Terrilyn,” brother Brandon Monette said.

Terrilyn’s black Honda Accord was pulled from New Orleans’ Bayou St. John on June 8, and her decomposed body was inside, police said.

She 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, according to the coroner’s office. Toxicology results were still pending.

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

She had been drinking, and told friends who were at the bar with her that she planned to sleep in her car for a while before driving home.

After she disappeared, concerned friends and relatives put up missing posters around New Orleans, hoping to get clues as to what may have happened to her.

A diver with the Slidell Police Department who was volunteering to dive the waterways in the search for Monette found her car.

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

Monette had moved to New Orleans for the “teachNOLA” program. It sends educators to New Orleans to teach in impoverished areas.

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.

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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.

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.

NEW ORLEANS (CNN) – The mother of a missing teacher from Long Beach, CA has returned to the New Orleans area to search for her.  Terrilynn Monette has been missing since the morning of March 2nd.

But as Monica Hernandez reports, her family isn’t giving up hope of finding her.

Monette was last seen in the Lakeview area outside New Orleans.  She had left a parking lot near a bar named Parlay’s.

A traffic camera recorded her making a left turn away from the lot, but no one has seen Monette or her black Honda Accord since that morning.

Police say they have no new leads.  They’ve scoured the nearby parks and the bayou.  They’ve even pulled abandoned cars out of the bayou, but none has belonged to Monette.

Now, police and Monette’s family are making a plea to the public for their help.

It’s the third trip to New Orleans for Monette’s mother Teri Enclade since Terrilynn’s disappearance, but she’s determined to never give up hope.

On Saturday (May 18), Monette’s family had plans to head out from her apartment complex to canvas the area and pass out flyers about her disappearance.

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