Family returns to search for missing JP teacher, hold vigil

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Posted on May 17, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Updated Saturday, May 18 at 8:11 AM

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NEW ORLEANS -- Despite police saying there are no new leads in the Terrilynn Monette case -- the Jefferson Parish school teacher last seen in the early hours of March 2 -- family members from California have returned to New Orleans to look for her.

Monette's mother, Toni Enclade, said they are still committed to finding her daughter.

"I'm asking, please, conduct a nationwide search for my child," said Enclade. "Terrilynn is so special."

The waters around City Park have been searched, including pulling vehicles from Bayou St. John, and the dense areas of the park have been scoured in hopes of finding Monette and her black Honda Accord.

At 6 p.m., family members and friends will hold a vigil at Harrison Avenue and Marconi Drive -- the last place that Monette was seen on a traffic camera after leaving Parlay's Dream Lounge on Harrison Avenue. 

Enclade, flanked by New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Ronal Serpas and state Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans, made a plea for any tips from in front of Parlay's.  Serpas said even the smallest tip could help.

"This is a terrible nightmare that I have not been able to wake up from -- everyday," said Enclade. "This is every parent's worst nightmare, no one would like to be in my shoes right now."

Family members of Terrilynn will meet at Monette's apartment complex in the 1600 block of Robert E. Lee Boulevard on Saturday at 9 a.m. to begin canvassing the area and passing out flyers.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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