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Mayor Landrieu joins family of missing teacher for vigil


New Orleans, La. - As the light dimmed on another day, candles lit up tearful faces.

It's another week without any answers for the family of Terrilynn Monette.

"It still seems a little surreal for us," says Monette's sister, Brittany Monette. "We wake up some mornings thinking it will be over and then it's not. It's really hard."

New Orleans police and Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined Monette's family for a prayer service outside NOPD headquarters Friday night.

The Jefferson Parish teacher's family and friends have been holding such services since she disappeared more than a month ago.

"We have men and women under Commander Thomas's command that have been, on a daily basis, whether it's walking the lagoons in City Park or doing the boat searches or continuing to do the aerial searches, working with the state police not only in this state but other states to see if they can pick up any evidence of movement," says Landrieu. "Lots of things like that are going on."

Monette vanished March 2 after a night of celebrating her nomination as teacher of the year.

New Orleans police say surveillance cameras showed her car leaving a parking lot in Lakeview around 5:00 a.m.  She drove into City Park, making a left on Marconi Drive.  Police don't know where Monette went from there.

Volunteers with Texas Equusearch spent days combing City Park, Bayou St. John and the surrounding area but their search turned up no sign of the missing teacher or her black Honda Accord.

As more days pass without new information, Monette's family and friends know it will get harder to keep her name and face in the public eye.

The chancellor of Southern University of New Orleans called on his students to get involved.  Victor Ukpolo is friends with the president of California State University, San Bernardino, Monette's Alma Mater.

"It's easy for people to move onto the next news and this is a human being that is still missing," says Ukpolo.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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