NEWORLEANS-- The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office has confirmed through dental records that the body found inside of a car pulled from the bayou this weekend is that of Terrilynn Monette.
'Days like today are hard. We called Monette's mother with the identification,'said Orleans Parish coroner Frank Minyard.'I can't imagine what she's been going through.'
Officials said the cause of death is drowning.
'There were no signs of any injury,' Minyard said. 'We had x-rays taken from stem to stern. All the bones were intact. She didn't hit her head on the steering wheel or anything like that.'
Minyard said liver tissue will be sent to St. Louis for testing to determine whether or not there were any drugs in her system.
Toni Enclade, Monette's mother who was on hand when the car was retrieved from the bayou, said the family planned to hold a memorial for their daughter. No date or time has been confirmed.
Monette's family had returned to New Orleans from California once again to search for the missing Jefferson Parish school teacher who had been missing since March 2, this time with the help of Slidell Police Department diver Mark Michaud.
Saturday, Michaud found Monette's submerged car near the intersection of Harrison Avenue and Wisner Boulevard.
State Representative Austin Badon said he and Michaud who found Terrilynn Monette's car want $20,000 Crimestoppers reward to go to help with the funeral if body is Monette's. Crimestoppers says the reward only pays out if NOPD determines that foul play was involved. If not, money raised by Monette's family will go back to the family.
Monette went missing after leaving a Lakeview bar early in the morning. Traffic cameras captured Monette's Honda Accord driving through City Park, where search crews began looking for the missing teacher.
Despite three different searches of Bayou St. John by three different groups, it took until Saturday to find the car in the murky water.