JP teacher Terrilynn Monette disappearance marks one month

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Posted on April 2, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 2 at 10:56 PM

Maya Rodriguez / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS-- The high-profile disappearance of Jefferson Parish school teacher Terrilynn Monette sent shock waves across the community.

Yet, despite hundreds of people searching across City Park and multiple searches through its lagoons by Texas Equusearch, there is still no trace of her nor her 2012 black Honda Accord, one month after they vanished.  

"You hate to think of the possibilities. You just keep the spirit and keep working on the positive," said Terry Brown, who is helping to organize a charity golf tournament and auction, set for this weekend at the Belle Terre Country Club in LaPlace.

The fundraiser is trying to help increase the reward in the case, which now stands at $5,500, thanks in part to fellow teachers who have donated to the fund.

"I mean, this is a missing school teacher. She was teaching our kids and she was going up for teacher of the year," Brown said. "She was doing a heck of a job. I have to support that family through this, I have to. I have no choice."

On Tuesday, New Orleans Police said they had no new information to release in the case, but did say their investigation continues. So far, they have received more than 120 tips, many of them through Crimestoppers.

"This is extremely high for the volume of tips, but also the public interest," said Darlene Cusanza of Crimestoppers. "I mean, we're getting people who call all the time, just wanting to know, not passing on information."

As Monette's disappearance marks one month, though, those tips have started to taper off.

"They're slowing down a little bit right now," Cusanza said. "And we're getting a lot of information now from people who think they're psychic, giving stories of visions, so not as accurate or concrete information that we would like to see."

The "Bring Terrilynn Home Golf Tournament" is set to take place at the Belle Terre County Club in LaPlace, on April 7, starting at 8 a.m. It will also include a silent auction. For more information call the Belle Terre Country Club at (985) 652-5000 or Terry Brown at (504) 289-5955. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

 

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