Missing teacher Terrilynn Monette’s decomposed body was found on Saturday afternoon by a diver who had volunteered his time in search of the popular 26-year-old teacher who had been missing for over three months. “The car of missing Jefferson Parish schoolteacher Terrilynn Monette was pulled from a bayou near Harrison and Wisner Avenues Saturday around noon,” reported WWLTV Eyewitness News on June 8, 2013.
The missing teacher who was pulled out of a New Orleans bayou on Saturday afternoon had been last seen when she was driving away from a bar after she had been out for the night with friends.
Despite a massive search and several vigils for the 26-year-old popular missing teacher from Jefferson Parish, no one had been able to find the popular teacher until Saturday.The bayou where she was found had been searched three times before but without any sign of the missing teacher.
On Saturday, the car and the body of the missing 26-year-old teacher were found by a volunteer diver from the Slidell Police Department. Wreckers, the coroner’s office and members of Terrilynn Monette’s family raced to the scene as the car was being pulled out of the bayou.
According to a friend of the missing teacher’s family, everyone had searched the bayou waters after the disappearance of Terrilynn Monette. “Unbelievable. We were out here and they searched these waters the first week. The guys from Texas searched the waters. We never thought it would end this way.”
The volunteer diver, Officer Mark Michaud, is a diving recovery expert and he found the car by using sonar equipment. The missing teacher’s decomposed body was in the driver’s seat and the license plate of the submerged car matched that of Terrilynn Monette’s car. The car was submerged eight feet below the surface.
An investigation is ongoing to determine whether foul play was involved in the death of the missing teacher. The coroner’s office is conducting an autopsy in order to determine the cause of death and to positively identify Terrilynn Monette’s body.
“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.”
As the missing teacher’s mother was watching her daughter’s car being pulled out of the bayou, the diver who had volunteered his time and expertise said that, “I’m happy (to have helped). It’s not something everyone wants to do, but you know what, she has her baby, she knows where she is, she can start the process of … not know where she is.”