Missing Louisiana Teacher Terrilynn Monette Car Found With Body Inside in a Bayou St. John in New Orleans, Louisiana (Update: Autopsy Confirms Body in Car ID’d as Terrilynn Monette)
The case of missing 26 year old teacher Terrilynn Monette …
The car belonging to missing Terrilynn Monette has been found Saturday in Bayou St. John in New Orleans, Louisiana by divers. A body was also found a decomposed body inside the car, believed to be missing 26 year old Terrilynn Monette. As reported by ABC News, John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator, said he could not immediately tell if the body was a man or a woman. An autopsy will be performed Monday to determine the identity of the body and cause of death. Terrilynn Monette 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.
A car with a body inside believed to be that of missing teacher Terrilynn Monette was found Saturday in a bayou in New Orleans, authorities said.
The car and body were found in Bayou St. John by a diver with the Slidell Police Department, who volunteered to dive the waterways in the search for Monette, Detective Daniel Seuzeneau of the Slidell Police Department, said.
The body is believed to be that of Monette, he said in an e-mail statement to CNN.
Terrilyn Monette, a Long Beach, Calif., native who moved Louisiana to teach, vanished three months ago. Authorities did not immediately say whether the body in the car was Monette.
Monette’s black Honda Accord was pulled from New Orleans’ Bayou St. John on Saturday.
WWLTV: Terrilynn Monette’s car pulled from bayou.
A body was found inside of the car in the driver’s seat and Representative Austin Badon, who has been championing the search for Monette, said they are “100 percent sure” that the body inside is Monette, but that an autopsy by the coroner would be needed to confirm the fact.
“We’re very upset right now,” said Monette’s father Terry.
UPDATE I: Autopsy confirms body found in bayou is that of missing Louisiana teacher Terrilynn Monette.