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

NEW ORLEANS In a desperate attempt to keep the search for their loved one high on the priority list, the family of Terrilyn Monette held a vigil near the place where she was last seen, nearly a week ago.

Earlier in the day Friday, family members passed out flyers to people on St. Charles Avenue in the Lower Garden District in an attempt to spread the word about her disappearance to as many areas as possible.

Monette was last seen early Saturday morning after having drinks with friends at Parlay's. The 26-year-old school teacher was spotted in a car with a man in a nearby bank parking lot. By 5:45 a.m., her black Honda Accord was gone.

The leasing office at her apartment complex said her place remains a 'crime scene.'

Family members, who have flown in from California, spent Thursday combing City Park, an area she may have crossed in a ride from Parlay's to her home. They plan to do so again this time with NOPD personnel on Saturday.

Those family members said they believe she was kidnapped.

'I'm really trying to be strong inside,' said Kandice Enclade, Monette's sister. 'I just want whoever has my sister to make sure that she is unharmed and brought back to us safely. We're not going to stop looking for her, so you might as well let her go.'

'We get tired, sometimes we get frustrated at whoever took our sister,' said Brittany Monette. 'But, everyone just keeps us going, keeps us having that faith that she's alive, that she's coming back.'

Monette's black Honda has a Louisiana license plate WUN494.

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