GRETNA, La. - On the same day that a volunteer team suspended its search for a missing teacher, another family says they feel a special connection to the case.
Nearly two years after Shane Fell went missing, his family still has signs with his name and photograph outside their home.
“There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about him and wish he was here and miss him,” said Fell’s brother, Brett.
Fell flipped his car at a curve on River Road in Marrero in June 2011. He called his brother, who arrived on scene shortly after, but all that was left was Fell's car and one of his shoes.
His family has been searching ever since.
“He wouldn't want me to stop, you know, he'd walk through that door today and he'd be proud of me, the way that I keep going,” said Brett Fell.
Fell’s family has printed thousands of flyers with Fell’s face on them since he went missing. They continue to post them every few weeks in shopping centers and other public places.
Still, there are no leads.
“You can't have any closure either way because you don't know, and that's the hardest thing,” said Brett Fell.
The recent search for another missing person brings those feelings to the forefront. Terrilynn Monette, 26, has been missing for 18 days. The Jefferson Parish teacher disappeared after leaving Parlay's Bar in Lakeview.
“She's a young, beautiful girl, and Shane was relatively young, 36, when he went missing,” said Brett Fell.
Fell's family believes more should be done to find missing adults. They have this message for Monette's family:
“We know what you're going through, and it hurts, but there's people who understand what you're going through and people that want to help and I'll do anything I can,” said Brett Fell.
Fell's family says the most important thing is to never give up hope as the search for Shane Fell and Terrilynn Monette continue. Fell’s family members believe he hit his head and is wandering the streets somewhere.
“We desperately need your help to bring him home,” said Brett Fell.
Brett Fell said the Houston-based volunteer search team EquuSearch came in for one day, promising to bring sonar and drones, but never returned. EquuSearch is the same team that combed Bayou St. John and bodies of water in City Park with sonar for days searching for Monette.
The team suspended its search for Monette on Wednesday. There is a $10,000 reward for tips leading to Shane Fell's whereabouts.
If you have any information, call the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office at (504) 364-5300, Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111, or Brett Fell at (504) 382-1334.
For more about the search, click here.
The reward for information on Terrilynn Monette’s whereabouts is up to $3,500. If you have any information, call New Orleans police or Crimestoppers at 822-1111.