NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Crimestoppers says the reward for information about the whereabouts of a missing Jefferson Parish second-grade teacher has increased to $19,600.
Twenty-6-year-old Terrilyn Monette was last seen March 2 about 5 a.m. leaving a bar in the Lakeview section of New Orleans. Monette, who moved to New Orleans in 2011, told friends at the bar that she planned to sleep in her car for a while before driving home because she had been drinking.
Crimestoppers Executive Director Darlene Cusanza told The Times-Picayune the increased total nearly triples the reward, which reached $5,500 over the weekend. Cusanza says anonymous donors and community efforts resulted in the new total.
Citizens with information about Monette can call Crimestoppers at 504-821-1111.
Missing N.O. Teacher Update
A new sonar device is being used in the search for missing New Orleans teacher Terrilyn Monette.
The 26-year-old disappeared on March second after a night out partying with friends. New Orleans Police say red light cameras show Monette driving alone in her car after she left the bar. Equusearch will use the sonar to check waterways around a city park. The Houston-based company specializes in the search and recovery of missing persons.
Missing N.O. Teacher Update
A sonar team is helping in the search for a missing teacher in Louisiana. Twenty six-year-old Terrilynn Monette was last seen march 2nd outside a New Orleans-area bar. She was there celebrating her nomination for "Teacher of the Year."
Texas Equusearch launched a boat in Bayou St. John near New Orleans City Park on Thursday and used sonar equipment to probe the bayou's murky bottom for the teacher or her car. The Equusearch group searched city park's ponds and lagoons on Wednesday. Police said the group found cars but none were Monette's.
The search is expected to continue through the weekend.
Search for Missing Teacher Expands to Bayous
(CBS) NEW ORLEANS - Terrilynn Monette, a 26-year-old elementary school teacher from Long Beach, Calif. who disappeared in New Orleans on March 2, is still missing after nearly 13 days of searching, CBS affiliate WWLTV reports.
EquuSearch, a Houston-based company that specializes in the search and recovery of missing persons, has been using sonar equipment to search bayous and ponds in the area, the station reports.
Monette was last seen on March 2 outside a bar in the Lakeview neighborhood of New Orleans. The bar was not far from City Park, which she could have traveled through to go home. Her 2012 black Honda Accord is also still missing.
"I think this is part of the process of elimination, in case a vehicle did end up in the water," Tim Miller, founder of Texas EquuSearch, said of his company's involvement in the search.
EquuSearch said they have the ability to look through up to 1000 feet of water - much like they did in the Natalee Holloway case in Aruba. According to Tim Miller, founder of Texas EquuSearch, the company has looked through a number of bodies of water in City Park and they have ruled out the possibility of a vehicle being in those waters.
Despite the extensive search, which is still continuing, there has been no sign of Monette or her car.
Monette's mother, Toni Enclade, said she appreciates the search efforts.
"...I hope and pray that they find something, some type of lead or something, to my daughter's disappearance," Enclade said.
Monette had been working in New Orleans for "Teach NOLA," a program that places educators in impoverished areas.