Family wants to expand search for missing teacher
POSTED: Monday, May 20, 2013 - 9:34am
UPDATED: Monday, May 20, 2013 - 1:29pm
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WDSU-NBC) — The family of a missing teacher said they want to expand the search for Terrilynn Monette nationwide.
"I would like to see my baby's face flash on every TV screen across the United States," mother Toni Enclade said.
Enclade called for the expanded search Sunday outside the City of Love Church in the Carrollton area.
Monette, 26, disappeared March 2 after last being seen at Parlay's Bar in Lakeview.
"It needs to be brought to everyone's attention not just here in Louisiana but all the other states," Enclade said.
Inside the church, there was a message of hope and persistence as hundreds prayed and stood in support of the California family who longs to be reunited with Monette.
"We have not found her person or her car, so therefore, we have to assume that it could have gone across state lines," state Rep. Austin Badon said.
Red-light cameras captured Monette's late-model Honda Accord turning left onto Marconi Drive from Harrison Avenue.
Badon said he supports a nationwide search and the involvement of federal law enforcement agencies.
"What we would like to really see is the FBI to come in and bring all of their resources, skills, equipment and experience to bear. That's what we need. This is a case where we are not going to let this just become a file sitting on someone's desk," Badon said.
Enclade holds out hope and clings to a higher power.
"God is going to get me through this and keep my baby safe and bring my baby back to me," Enclade said.
Monette's family also attended Franklin Avenue Baptist Church earlier Sunday.
The family headed back to California after the services and is expected to return in June.
The reward in the case is $20,000.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.