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NEW ORLEANS -- Nearly five weeks after she went missing, Terrilynn Monette's family returned to New Orleans Friday. They're holding a prayer vigil for the missing Jefferson Parish teacher at police headquarters.

Dozens of friends and relatives are expected to gather to demand answers and pray for Monette's safe return.

Desperate family members are trying to keep Monette's case in the public eye, hoping someone comes forward with information.

Toni Enclade, Monette's mother, who flew in from California early Friday morning, believes her daughter was abducted and is still alive.

Enclade said she was dreading a return to New Orleans. 'It's very hard; it's very hard to know my daughter came down here to do something good and this was the outcome. Quoting my eight-year-old granddaughter, 'It's just not fair.''

Monette was last seen in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 2, leaving Parlay's Dream Lounge in Lakeview. A traffic camera captured her turning left onto Marconi Drive from Harrison Avenue in her black Honda Accord. What happened next is a mystery.

Police say Third District Commander John Thomas will attend the vigil. He updated Monette's family on the investigation earlier Friday.

The case remains an open investigation, but police added there are no leads at this point.

If you have any information on Monette's whereabouts, call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.You don't have to leave your name and could get a $5,500 reward.

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