Submerged vehicles being pulled from Bayou St. John in hopes of finding clues in missing teacher case

POSTED: Monday, May 6, 2013 - 11:19am

UPDATED: Monday, May 6, 2013 - 3:39pm

The search for a school teacher who has been missing since the beginning of March has now moved to the bayou. Investigators hope to find the vehicle she was last seen driving to locate clues into her disappearance.

Terrilynn Monette, 26, was last seen on Saturday, March 2. She was captured on surveillance cameras leaving Parlay’s Bar in her vehicle at roughly 5:15 a.m. However, little clues have surfaced to explain what happened after that.

"It's a mystery," Rep. Austin Badon said in an interview last week with WDSU. "Personally, I think that something tragic has happened."

Rep. Badon has led the charge in dredging Bayou St. John with the hopes of recovering Monette’s vehicle. They say the waterway is a notorious “dump site” for stolen vehicles. Roughly 25 vehicles are being pulled from the murky water.

"One of these cars could be hers," Badon said. "We looked at those cars through sonar. We identified them as cars and trucks, so we want to start removing those vehicles, physically eying them, making sure that none of these vehicles are her car."

Monette’s vehicle is a 2012 black Honda Accord with the Louisiana license plate WUN 494.

A reward of $19,600 is currently being offered. Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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