Family, strangers plead for word on missing teacher

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Posted on March 8, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 11 at 10:19 AM

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

NEW ORLEANS - Nearly seven days after Terrilynn Monette disappeared, family and friends returned to one of the last places she was seen, at Parlay’s Bar in Lakeview, for a vigil to pray for her safe return. 

Monette was last seen early Saturday morning after leaving Parlay's Bar in Lakeview. Security staff spotted her in a car with a man in the parking lot of a bank next door. By 5:45 AM, the car was gone, and the Woodland West Elementary school teacher hasn't been seen since. 
 
Fellow teachers organized Friday night’s vigil.
 
“I hope when people live here tonight they feel encouraged, they feel hopeful, and they direct all their prayers toward the safe return of Terrilynn,” said Amy Hoyle, Woodland West principal.
 
“Bring my baby home please, that's all I’m asking, if anyone has her please bring her home, please,” said Monette’s mother, Toni Enclade.
 
It's been an emotional week for Monette's family, who flew in from her native California. They believe Monette was kidnapped and are working to spread word of her disappearance.
 
“Terrilynn, know that we won't stop looking for you, we never will, and we just can't wait to hug you, see your beautiful face,” said Brittany Monette, Monette’s sister.
 
Police are still investigating whether foul play was involved. They said they have interviewed the man with whom she was last seen, but declined to say whether he is a person of interest in the case.
 
Police don't believe Monette ever made it to her apartment, just under three miles away. A property manager at the apartment complex said Monette’s home is still an active crime scene, but wouldn’t comment further.
 
Monette likely would have passed City Park to get home.
 
NOPD and family members have scoured the park since Thursday and plan to do so again Saturday. The community is welcome to take part in the search, which begins at 10 AM at the City Park driving range.
 
Monette's black 2012 Honda Accord, Louisiana license plates WUN494 is still missing. Police said it wasn't equipped with a tracking device. They said her cell phone shut down while she was at Parlay's, four hours before she went missing. It hasn't turned on since.
 
Police said they have reviewed surveillance video from the night Monette went missing, but can’t reveal its contents because it is part of the investigation.
 
Meanwhile, Monette's disappearance has touched the hearts of complete strangers.
 
“They're in my thoughts and prayers, daily, nightly, I tossed and turned thinking about what they could be going through,” said Francine Celestine, a concerned community member who didn’t know Monette.
 
“Please, just help me find my baby, that's all I want. I want my baby back,” said Enclade.
 
If you have any information that could help police, call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

 

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