Mother of missing teacher: 'Please help me find my baby'

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Posted on May 17, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Updated Friday, May 17 at 11:08 PM

Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News
Email: mhernandez@wwltv.com | Twitter: @mhernandezwwl

NEW ORLEANS - Nearly three months after she went missing, the search for Terrilynn Monette continues. Her family is back in New Orleans and they're pleading with the public for help.

“This terrible situation has caused our family so much pain,” said Monette’s mother, Toni Enclade.

“Not a day goes by that I don't think about her,” said sister Kandiss Enclade.

Jefferson Parish teacher Terrilynn Monette has been missing for nearly 11 weeks. Her family returned to New Orleans Friday, making a plea with police outside one of the last spots Monette was seen.

“Please help me find my baby,” said Enclade.

Police say they have no leads at this point, and calls to Crimestoppers have slowed. They are hoping anyone with information will come forward to help them break the case.

“What people have got to remember is they don't know what little piece of info they may have held for no reason than they didn't remember and that little piece of info could mean all the different in the world,” said New Orleans Police Chief Serpas.

Monette was last seen in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 2. Police believe she was driving home from Parlay's Dream Lounge in Lakeview. A traffic camera captured her making a left turn onto Marconi from Harrison. Monette, and her black Honda Accord, haven't been seen since.

While Monette has been entered into a national missing persons database, her mother, and state representative Austin Badon, D-New Orleans, are calling for an expanded nationwide search.

“My mother's day was not the same. She always bought me cards and wrote beautiful words in those cards. This mother's day, I didn't get a card from her,” said Enclade.

Officials have combed nearby City Park. They've pulled 17 cars from Bayou St. John.

Police have investigated the VIN numbers on each vehicle. Some were reported stolen in Orleans and other parishes. Police are following up on those. Other vehicles had deteriorated so much, police were unable to locate a VIN number.

Nonetheless, none of those vehicles belonged to Monette.

Badon, who spearheaded the effort, plans have six more cars pulled from the bayou. Two of them  appear to be newer models, like Monette's.

“We had to make sure we didn't leave any stone unturned,” said Badon.

Monette has a three month old niece she has never met.  

And on their third time in from California since Monette went missing her family hopes this will be the time they find her.

Monette's family will be in town through Sunday night. They'll attend a vigil Saturday at 6 p.m. on Harrison Avenue and Marconi Drive.

If you have any information on Monette's whereabouts, call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

 

 

 

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