NEW ORLEANS -- It has been almost three months since Terrilynn Monette, a Jefferson Parish school teacher, disappeared after a night out at Lakeview bar and as her mother continues to hope.
Authorities are continuing their search efforts. Monette's family from California was in New Orleans this weekend. They want the search for the 26-year-old teacher to expand to a national level.
Monette was last seen on a traffic camera at around 5 a.m. on March 2 turning onto Marconi Drive from Harrison Avenue in 2012 black Honda Accord.
State Representative Austin Badon got the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to search New Orleans waterways and wooded areas of eastern New Orleans where cars are commonly dumped and the Texas-based organization EquuSearch has already search Bayou St. John.
Now the FBI is involved in the search.
“Shortly after the disappearance,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge John Selleck said, “we began offering assistance and began working collaboratively with the New Orleans Police Department.
“We do officially have a matter open in the FBI, but the primary jurisdiction still remains with NOPD. We find it is more effective when we pair up very closely with our counterparts, rather than working separately.”
Over a dozen cars have been pulled from Bayou St. John in the search for Monette’s black Honda. So far there has been no sign of it.