The body of a teacher who went missing more than three months ago was found inside a car in a New Orleans bayou, according to reports over the weekend.
Terrilyn Monette, who was last seen in March driving away from a popular bar, was found in the Bayou St. John, reported WGNO-TV.
“It was not the outcome we had looked for but we did find her. It allowed the family to have some since of relief and closure,” state Rep. Austin Badon told the station.
Her black Honda was found by a dive team in the bayou.
“I don’t understand why it took them so long to find her car,” her mother, Toni Enclade, told New Orleans The Times-Picayune. “This is supposedly one of the first places they would have checked. I’m just overwhelmed. It doesn’t make sense.”
Monette was originally from Long Beach, Calif., but moved to New Orleans to teach. Her family had to fly from California to New Orleans.
“I can’t even begin to go there right now,” her mother added, according to CNN. “I’m in shock. I can’t believe this. I just can’t believe this.”
Enclade told the Times she thought she was going to see her daughter again.
“I had so much hope she was going to be found alive. So many people thought she would be found alive. So many of us had faith. I just kept hoping,” she said.