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State agency joins search for Terrilynn Monette

New Orleans, La. - Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is the latest agency to join the search for missing school teacher Terrilynn Monette.

The agency became involved at the request of Representative Austin Badon (D-New Orleans). "My wife and I were watching the mother of Terrilynn just the other night on the news and we could feel her pain," says Badon.

The 26-year-old Jefferson Parish teacher went missing more than a month ago.  She was last seen leaving Parlay's Bar in Lakeview.

Police say her car was captured on red light cameras turning onto Harrison Avenue and then taking a left on Marconi.  From there, it's a mystery.

Wildlife and Fisheries agents spent much of Wednesday afternoon combing Lake Pontchartrain near West End.  Their search is expected to be more extensive in the next few days.

"Our equipment ranges from fixed-wing aircraft to four-wheelers to every kind of vessel you can think of," says LDWF Capt. Stephen McManus.

They'll be searching remote areas of New Orleans East. Teams of agents will also be using four wheelers to scour City Park.

"It's important for us to do some fact-gathering because so much effort has already gone into this," says Capt. McManus.

Agents say they'll fine-tune their search, knowing the amount of resources that have already been used to find Monette.

The NOPD says it's dedicating officers on a daily basis to investigate Monette's disappearance, and Texas Equusearch spent days using sonar equipment to search the waterways in and around City Park.  That team, though, found nothing and decided to suspend its search.

Monette's family is desperate.

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

Monette was driving a 2012 black Honda Accord with Louisiana license plate number WUN494.

Crimestoppers has increased its reward in this case to $20,000.

If you know anything that could help investigators, call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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