Search continues for CSUSB grad Terrilynn Monette in New Orleans


Below is a summary of articles on the continuing search for Terrilynn Monette, a Cal State San Bernardino graduate from Long Beach who works as a teacher in New Orleans. She was last seen March 2.

Who is Equusearch?
March 14, 2013 (New Orleans)
For the last couple of days, a non-profit organization out of Houston has assisted local law enforcement with the search for Terrilyn Monette, the grade-school teacher who has been missing since the early-morning hours of March 2. WWL’s Tommy Tucker spoke to Tim Miller, the founder and head of Equusearch.

Equusearch begins searching for missing teacher in City Park
March 13, 2013 (New Orleans)
The Houston-based firm Equusearch has begun looking for any sign of missing teacher Terrilynn Monette. Eqqusearch launched two boats and an underwater sonar system into a City Park Bayou this morning, and will move on to other bodies of water in the area through the day. Monette has been missing since March 2. She was last seen in the early morning hours at Parlay’s Bar in Lakeview.

Texas Equusearch looking for missing Louisiana teacher (Houston, Texas)
Search crews with Texas Equusearch are looking for a missing second grade teacher in New Orleans.
Crews are combing parks and bayous looking for signs of 26-year-old Terrilynn Monette. She was last seen on March 2 when she had been out celebrating at a bar after being nominated for a “Teacher of the Year” award.

Devoted New Orleans teacher vanishes without a trace
March 13, 2013
Terrilynn Monette had no problem uprooting her life to help children.
When the California native learned of the “teachNOLA” program, which sends educators to New Orleans to teach in impoverished areas, she packed her bags and headed to Louisiana.
“I always wanted to be a teacher, and what better place to teach than New Orleans, where passionate teachers are needed most?” she said in a 2011 video.
Her dedication and excellence in the classroom earned her a “Teacher of the Year” nomination in her district.

No answers in disappearance of New Orleans teacher
March 13, 2013
As hundreds of volunteers and police scoured parks and waterways in an area of New Orleans Tuesday, there were many questions but few answers about the disappearance 11 days ago of a 26-year-old teacher.
Terrilynn Monette had been out celebrating a recent nomination for a “Teacher of the Year” award in her district the night she vanished, her friends told CNN affiliate WWL.
New Orleans police said Monette was last seen on March 2 at Parlay’s, a bar in the Lakeview area of New Orleans.

Crews from Texas assist in missing teacher search (New Orleans)
March 13, 2013
Texas search crews were in New Orleans Wednesday morning to search for missing Harvey school teacher Terrilynn Monette.
Members of Texas Equusearch Mounted Search and Recovery Team were looking in lagoons and bayous around City Park. Crew members said they would be in New Orleans until they could find anything about Monette’s disappearance.

Terrilyn Monette, missing New Orleans teacher, vanishes after night of drinking
The Huffington Post
March 13, 2013
A talented young teacher credited with turning around her underperforming elementary school class in New Orleans has been missing for almost two weeks.
Second-grade teacher Terrilynn Monette was last seen on March 2 after a night of drinking with friends. The 26-year-old was celebrating her nomination as “Teacher of the Year” in her district, CNN reported.
A barkeeper cut off the tipsy Monette, who told friends she was going to sleep it off in her car parked nearby, WGMB reported.

Long Beach-born teacher still missing in New Orleans
Long Beach Post
March 13
The news site gives a summary of the search for Terrilynn Monette, who graduated from Wilson High School in Long Beach before attending CSUSB.

NOPD, Texas org search for missing teacher Terrilynn Monette
March 13, 2013
NOLA Defender (New Orleans)
Almost two weeks after she went missing, the search for Terrilynn Monnette continues. The New Orleans Police and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office are looking for the second grade teacher, who disappeared March 2 after a spending a night out with friends at Parlay’s Dream Lounge (870 Harrison Ave) in Lakeview. The nonprofit Equusearch brought increased capabilities to the effort, and began searching City Park lagoons.
The department has concentrated its resources on scouring waterways between the bar and Monette’s apartment — her most likely route of travel — NOPD spokeswoman Hilal Williams said.