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National search may be next step in missing teacher case

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New Orleans, La. - Frustration has set in for Tim Miller of Texas EquuSearch after days of desperately trying to find Terrilynn Monette.

"We're doing things twice to make sure we didn't miss anything and the bottom line is we're no closer today than the day she disappeared," says Miller.

Monette, an elementary school teacher in Harvey, disappeared more than two weeks ago after leaving Parlay's Bar in Lakeview.  

Surveillance footage from three red light cameras show Monette drove eastbound onto Harrison and then turned left onto Marconi around 5:30 in the morning of March 2.  From there, it's a mystery.

"As of now, we have not been effective. I can tell you this -- we know where she's not. We know where she's not and we know going into these cases that it's a process of elimination and we've eliminated a lot," says Miller.

Rescue teams from EquuSearch used sonar equipment to comb Bayou St. John and small waterways throughout City Park, but so far nothing's turned up.

Monette's family is pleading with the public for answers.

"It's really hard for me as the days go by. I still have faith that she's going to come home to me," says her mother, Toni Enclade.

In the days since Monette's disappearance, volunteers joined prayer services and lengthy searches.  People who had never met the 26-year-old teacher came out to lend a hand.

"I am so amazed at the outpouring of love and compassion that they have all shown to myself and my family. They've been wonderful," says Enclade.

As each day passes, TV coverage of the disappearance grabs more national exposure. Since nothing's turned up so far in the waterways, her mother believes a national search may be the next step.  

"Because if she's not there in the actual pathway of her going home, then I feel she's not there. I feel someone has her and that's why the search needs to be spread nationwide," says Enclade

"We're now kind of lost for words. We scratch our heads and say, 'Where do we go next, what do we do?'" says Miller.

A tired and upset search expert believes his team has done just about everything it could; now he hopes a clue will turn up somewhere else.

Crimestoppers has also increased its reward in this case to $3,500.

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