Help Find Terrilynn Monette

On March 2, 2013, Terrilynn Monette, a teacher from Louisiana, went missing.  Monette was last seen at Parlay’s Bar in the Lakeview section of New Orleans. Monette came to New Orleans from California in 2011 as a fellow with TeachNOLA, a nonprofit group that places educators in metro area schools. She was out with friends celebrating a recent “Teacher of The Year” nomination. Witnesses at the bar said she decided to rest in her car before heading home early that morning.

Today, Monette’s black Honda Accord was pulled from New Orleans’ Bayou St. John on Saturday, and police say there is a decomposed body inside.

Louisiana state Rep. Austin Badon has spearheaded the search for Monette. He says he and a volunteer diver resurveyed the waterway in a boat using sonar and found a car that had earlier been missed.

Details have not been released about the identity of the body.


Updates: 6/10


Terrilynn Monette died of drowning, coroner confirms. There were no signs of trauma to her body, said John Gagliano, the coroner’s chief investigator.

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  • The front of her car is facen the street.did she roll bkwards?hmmmm

    • Georgia

      Hmmm is right; I haven’t followed all of the details of this story, but I just arrived in New Orleans for the summer, a day or so before the body was found, and the place I rented is not far from Bayou St. John. A couple days later I’m standing in the post office and an older black man gets in line behind me, and the first thing he says is, “They found that teacher,” and after we expressed our mutual dismay, he said, “but you know, they’re saying she was drunk, but you know they’re covering up for you-know-who.” I love a conspiracy theory as much as the next person, but I had to agree with him–something ain’t right about this story.

  • Was sad to hear of this news. God bless her family & friends

  • Sasha

    An autopsy was performed on the body and it was confirmed to be Terrilynn’s. This is so sad, may she rest in peace.