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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Where is New Orleans Teacher Terrilynn Monette?

     Terrilynn Monette grew up in Long Beach, California. After attending Wilson High School, she graduated from Cal State San Bernardino with a degree in elementary education. In 2011, the 24-year-old, pursuant to a program called "teachNOLA", moved to New Orleans to educate disadvantaged students. Monette ended up teaching second graders at Woodland West Elementary, a low-performing school in a poor section of the city.

     On Friday night, March 1, 2013, Monette and a few friends were drinking at Parlay's Bar in the Lakeview section of New Orleans. Later that night, at three-thirty in the morning, the bartender decided Monette had enough to drink, and cut her off. Telling her friends that she planned to sleep a few hours in her car before driving home, Monette walked out of the bar shortly after the barkeep refused to serve her any more alcohol.

     The school teacher, wearing a pink and yellow sweater and blue jeans, was last seen at five that morning sleeping in her black 2012 Honda Accord in the Harrison Avenue bar's rear parking lot. Some time after that, she and her car were no longer behind the bar. Terrilynn Monette simply disappeared.

     Deputies with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office have searched a Bayou located between Parlay's Bar and Monette's apartment. They found no signs of her or the vehicle. The Louisiana license number to the missing Honda is WUN 494. Monette is black, five-foot-eight, and weighs 180 pounds. She has shoulder-length hair and a tattoo on her left leg. As of this writing, the authorities have no suspects in her disappearance.

     Given the circumstances of this case (I presume Monette did not move out of her dwelling) the disappearance of this young woman is probably being handled by detectives as a homicide. At this point, investigators are looking for an abandoned car, and a body.

UPDATE

     The body inside a car found by a diver in Bayou St. John on Saturday, June 8, 2013, has been identified as the remains of the missing school teacher. The cause and manner of death is this case will be determined following an autopsy. 

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