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Back in March, we told you the story of Terrilynn Monette, an educator who was nominated for “Teacher Of The Year” just hours before she disappeared in New Orleans.

She was last seen celebrating that nomination at a local bar. When she was too intoxicated to drive home, she slept in her 2012 black two-door Honda Accord. That was March 2.

Police followed up with leads and even questioned an unidentified man who was last seen talking to her in the parking lot. Authorities came up empty. But this weekend, an entire 98 days after Terrilynn Monette’s disappearance, her car was found submerged in the Bayou St. John. Her badly decomposed body was inside.

Police had thought that Monette turned left, or northbound, at Marconi, on the edge of City Park, based on red-light camera footage investigators reviewed. But her car was found farther east, in waters just past the corner of Harrison and Wisner, suggesting she likely kept going straight instead, driving through City Park before — for reasons still unknown — she ended up in in Bayou St. John.

“Now that Ms. Monette’s car has been found, we begin the second phase of this investigation,” New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said in a statement. “Both homicide detectives and our fatality unit were on the scene today, so that they can pick up where (other) officers have left off and start finding out exactly how and why the car ended up where it did.”

For more details about Monette’s disappearance, read here. May she rest in perfect peace.

SOURCE: NOLA