Coroner: Drowning listed as cause of death for missing school teacher Terrilynn Monette
POSTED: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 3:06pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 4:29pm
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WDSU-CNN) — The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office has confirmed that the body in the car pulled out of Bayou St. John Saturday is indeed Terrilynn Monette.
The Coroner's Office said she died from an apparent drowning.
Toxicology tests were pending.
A team of forensic dentists at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Dentistry helped identify her body using dental records.
Monette's car was pulled out of Bayou St. John Saturday with a body inside.
Monette went missing on the morning of March 2 after police say she left Parlay's Bar, where she met an old college friend.
After leaving the bar at about 5:15 a.m. alone, police said a surveillance video showed her turn left off Harrison Avenue onto Marconi Drive about five to 10 minutes later. That’s where she was last seen.
The search for her began shortly after she went missing. A nonprofit search group, Equusearch, began searching Bayou St. John in March.
The group suspended its search March 20.
On April 9, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said it would use sonar equipment to search waterways, and investigators would use special equipment to search wooded areas of New Orleans East, where stolen cars have been found in the past.
The investigation captured a large amount of attention locally and even lead to Crimestoppers upping its reward for information in the case to $20,000.