Police, family await autopsy to see if body found in bayou is mi - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Autopsy confirms body found in bayou is that of missing Louisiana teacher

Posted: Updated:
A tow truck pulls a car, identified as belonging to missing teacher, Terrilynn Monette, from Bayou St. John near the Harrison Avenue bridge in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Saturday, June 8, 2013. Monnette has been missing since she A tow truck pulls a car, identified as belonging to missing teacher, Terrilynn Monette, from Bayou St. John near the Harrison Avenue bridge in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Saturday, June 8, 2013. Monnette has been missing since she
  • CBS19.tv Web ExclusivesMore>>

  • Web Exclusive: Company cancels class to nix Southern accents, y'all, after complaints

    Web Exclusive: Company cancels class to nix Southern accents, y'all, after complaints

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:00:17 GMT
    We live in the South, so some of us may have a Southern accent, but would you consider saying "goodbye" to "howdy, y'all"?
    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee was going to offer a speech class for its workers next month to do just that, until it got canceled.
    More >>
    We live in the South, so some of us may have a Southern accent, but would you consider saying "goodbye" to "howdy, y'all"?
    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee was going to offer a speech class for its workers next month to do just that, until it got canceled.
    More >>
  • Web Exclusive: Ultra HD TVs

    Web Exclusive: Ultra HD TVs

    (CNN) -Some people just have to have the latest in television technology. The newest TVs on the market- ultra-high definition TVs- or UHD TVs. They have higher screen resolution than current high def screens, and are also known as "4-K" sets. "More >>
    (CNN) -Some people just have to have the latest in television technology. The newest TVs on the market- ultra-high definition TVs- or UHD TVs. They have higher screen resolution than current high def screens, and are also known as "4-K" sets. "More >>
  • Web Exclusive: A product to help keep sharks away on sale

    Web Exclusive: A product to help keep sharks away on sale

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:40 AM EDT2014-07-28 13:40:46 GMT
    If you're headed on a beach vacation, there's a product you may be interested in to help keep sharks away.  The device is called a Shark Shield.  It is now being sold in Florida.More >>
    If you're headed on a beach vacation, there's a product you may be interested in to help keep sharks away.  The device is called a Shark Shield.  It is now being sold in Florida.More >>

(CNN) -- [Breaking news update, published 4:52 p.m. ET]

A body found inside a car pulled from a Louisiana bayou last week has been positively identified as that of missing teacher Terrilynn Monette, the New Orleans Police Department said Monday.

 

 


(CNN) -- Bouquets of flowers line the railing of the bridge above Bayou St. John in New Orleans.

 

Strangers throw rose petals into the water, or gather in circles -- hands clasped and heads bowed -- as they pray for Terrilyn Monette, a teacher missing for three months.

On Saturday, a diver with the Slidell Police Department -- volunteering to dive the waterways in the search for Monette -- found the teacher's Honda Accord in the bayou.

Inside was a decomposed body

While police believe it is that of Monette, they will await an autopsy Monday for a definite answer.

'I'm in shock'

Monette, 26, was last seen March 2 leaving Parlay's Dream Lounge in New Orleans, where she had been celebrating with friends her nomination for a "Teacher of the Year" award.

Monette's mother, Toni Enclade, told CNN that investigators have notified her the car has been found, but not whether the body is her daughter.

"To know that she could have possibly been there for three months," she said, overcome with emotion.

Enclade said she does not know when she will be given a final answer.

"I can't even begin to go there right now," she said. "I'm in shock. I can't believe this. I just can't believe this."

Authorities have focused a large part of their search efforts on the waterways because Monette would have had to have driven across the bayou to get from the bar to her home.

A tireless search

In mid-March, an independent search and rescue team from Texas volunteer to comb the lagoons and waterways.

It discovered a car in the bayou, but it was later confirmed not to belong to Monette.

Family and friends of Monette put up a billboard in New Orleans and created a Facebook page, "We Love You Terrilynn Monette," to help generate tips in the search for Monette.

The diver who found the car and body, Slidell Police Officer Mark Michaud, has been "working closely with the Monette family" because of his expertise in diving recoveries, police Detective Daniel Seuzeneau said.

When Monette, of Long Beach, California, learned of the "teachNOLA" program, which sends educators to New Orleans to teach in impoverished areas, she packed her bags and headed to Louisiana.

"I always wanted to be a teacher, and what better place to teach than New Orleans, where passionate teachers are needed most?" she said in a 2011 video obtained by CNN affiliate WDSU.

In her first year of teaching second grade at Woodland West Elementary School, Monette turned one of the lowest-performing classes into one of the highest achieving.

It earned her a "Teacher of the Year" nomination in her school district.

Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.