Over the weekend delivered some unfortunate news. The search for missing New Orleans teacher, Terrilynn Monette, ended when NOLA investigators made a shocking discovery in Bayou St. John. A car matching the make and license plate of Terrilynn’s vehicle was recovered from the bayou and a badly decomposed body, now confirmed as Terrilynn, was found inside.
Following the heartbreaking discovery, Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas promised to executive a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the 26-year-old educators untimely death.
“Now that Ms. Monette’s car has been found, we begin the second phase of this investigation. Both homicide detectives and our fatality unit were on the scene today, so that they can pick up where (other) officers have left off and start finding out exactly how and why the car ended up where it did.”
According to Nola.com/ Times-Picayune, the NOLA coroner confirmed that drowning was the cause of a death for Terrilynn. John Gagliano, the coroner’s chief investigator, also revealed that there were no signs of trauma to her body. He went on to say that toxicology reports are pending and should be ready in about two weeks.
The New Orleans Police Department’s fatality unit will continue to enhance video footage previously recovered during the investigation in an attempt to reconstruct the accident and figure out how the young woman’s vehicle wound up in the bayou. Since the discovery, a spokesperson on behalf of Terrilynn’s grieving family and friends has released an unofficial statement via the Bring Terrilynn Monette Home Facebook page, thanking everyone for their volunteer efforts and expressing that the family has opted not to release an official statement regarding the recovery of Terrilynn’s vehicle and remains until they have all of the facts. Their statement reads:
“We, as the administrators of this page, want to stay positive and ask that this site be used for thoughts, prayers, and well wishes for the Monette/Enclade families who have gone through so much. During this time, they have chosen not to make a public statement until they have received all the facts and until the investigation is completed.
I know many of you have questions, concerns, and theories, and while we respect all forms of freedom of speech, our request is that the negative comments and theories not be brought to this forum.
While we may not understand man’s timing as to when developments were made in the case, we know that God is ultimately in control.
Again, we appreciate everyone who prayed, volunteered their time, and donated money in order to find Terrilynn. Let us not forget that this family is grieving and needs us to stay supportive during this time. -Mallory.”
We will definitely continue to keep the family in our prayers.