Jacque Reid goes “Inside Her Story” with Toni Enclade, the mother of missing New Orleans teacher Terrilynn Monette. Monette was last seen on March 2 after a night out with friends. Reportedly, she was last seen in her black, 2-door, 2012 Honda Accord.
If you have any information about her disappearance, please contact the New Orleans Police or visit bamfi.org. Read the entire interview below.
TOM JOYNER: And from our New York studios let’s go Inside Her Story with Jacque Reid. Good morning, Jacque.
JACQUE REID: Good morning Tom, and Sybil and Damon. It’s been 11 days since Terrilynn Monette went missing in New Orleans. She was last seen after a night of celebrating with friends at a local bar. She told someone that she was going to sleep in her car for a bit before driving home late that night, and now Terrilyn and her car are both missing. Police at this time say they have no suspects. There have been some official search parties and police are checking surveillance videos. I’m going Inside Her Story with Terrilynn’s mother, Toni Enclade. Good morning, Toni. How are you?
Toni Enclade: I’m doing okay.
JACQUE REID: Yeah, I know it’s a difficult time, and on this show we interview so many parents of missing kids. What gives you strength to do this interview this morning?
TONI ENCLADE: The strength of knowing that I feel that my child is out there somewhere and I just have a great faith that she’s out there somewhere and she just needs to be found.
JACQUE REID: And what’s giving you hope? Anything from the police? I know that they say that they don’t have any suspects. Any new information from them?
TONI ENCLADE: Nothing at all. I just know that there is continuing investigation. Their extra search is coming out, they’re supposed to help with the search as well, and hopefully other enforcements are being called upon to assist with this investigation.
TOM JOYNER: Where’s her cell phone?
TONI ENCLADE: The cell phone evidentially was in her possession, and it’s off. I don’t know if it was turned off, or if the battery life went down on it. But the cell phone has not been located.
JACQUE REID: Who did she call to say that she was going to sleep in her car? Is that actual? Is that true?
TONI ENCLADE: She didn’t call anyone. That’s speculation. Apparently that was said to people that was there. But she didn’t call anyone. She was not like she got on the phone and said; okay, mom, I’m going to be sleeping in my car. No. My daughter actually would never sleep in her car. She would never do that. She’s never done that. She’s never done that.
JACQUE REID: What was she doing? She was in New Orleans as a part of a special teaching program?
TONI ENCLADE: What happened was once she graduated from college she got accepted into the Teach NOLA program. So she taught school for a year to do, to get her teaching credential. Once she got her teaching credential she got hired over at Woodland West in Jefferson Parish. That’s where she was teaching at over there
SYBIL WILKES: And she was out with friends that night?
TONI ENCLADE: She was out with friends that night, and evidentially, I don’t know what happened, you know, the friends I guess that she was with, they left her there. So she never made it home. She never made it home.
SYBIL WILKES: Hmm, now did they see her in her car where she said she was going to sleep? Or they left her in the club?
TONI ENCLADE: Supposedly they left her in the car.
JACQUE REID: Now police say that there was surveillance video that they’re reviewing. Anything from that at all? Are they, have they seen something and they’re just not saying because they fell like it may interfere with the investigation? Or just nothing has come up?
TONI ENCLADE: I’m pretty much thinking that’s what it is, they don’t want to compromise the investigation.
TOM JOYNER: Boyfriend?
TONI ENCLADE: No. No. No. Her boyfriend.
JACQUE REID: Now she’s from Long Beach, California.
TONI ENCLADE: Correct.
JACQUE REID: Where you’re from. Are you going back and forth? Or are you staying in New Orleans?
TONI ENCLADE: I’ll be going back and forth. I’ll be going back and forth.
TOM JOYNER: How long has it been?
TONI ENCLADE: It’s been ten days now.
JACQUE REID: Now her sorority, she’s a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. They’ve stepped forward and they’ve been very helpful. Are you getting a lot of support in this?
TONI ENCLADE: Yes.
JACQUE REID: Do you feel like enough people know about this story?
TONI ENCLADE: I’m getting a lot of support from the sorority. Also a lot of support from a lot of the community here in New Orleans as well.
SYBIL WILKES: And so you’re feeling as though the police are doing all that they can and your daughter’s case is at top of mind.
TONI ENCLADE: I feel that they’re doing what they’re can, but they still need, I believe that they still need more assistance as far as anyone outside of New Orleans that can assist them. I feel that this is, you know, how could a car just vanish?
TOM JOYNER: Can you describe the car?
TONI ENCLADE: It’s a black two door 2012 Honda Accord.
JACQUE REID: And tell us what Terrilyn looks like.
TONI ENCLADE: (Sobs) My baby. My baby is so beautiful, she’s so beautiful. She’s fair complexion with brown hair. She’s just has a beautiful, beautiful smile on her face. She’s beautiful.
JACQUE REID: Yeah, she’s about 5’8. She’s about 180 pounds. She has long black hair. And she is very, very beautiful. What can people do to help, Toni? What would you ask that people do to help you out, for you and your family, to bring her home?
TONI ENCLADE: (Sobs) I ask to please look for her car, look for her car. Just try to remember anything, anything that you could possibly see any female out there that you know that you think possibly resembles her. I mean we don’t know if, I just don’t, I don’t know what this person, you know, what frame of mind this person is in. I mean I have hope. I have hope that my baby is out there somewhere. I really do. If anyone knows anything or sees anything out of the ordinary please call the authorities. Please.
SYBIL WILKES: The license plate, is it Louisiana? Is it California?
TONI ENCLADE: It’s a Louisiana license plate.
JACQUE REID: Yeah, and anyone with information can call the New Orleans police. They can also call the Black and Missing Foundation or reach out to their organization, their website, bamfi.org. They’re helping with this as well.
SYBIL WILKES: Toni, our prayers.
JACQUE REID: Toni, our prayers go out with you …
TOM JOYNER: God bless you.
TONI ENCLADE: Thank you.
JACQUE REID: … at this time. I know it’s difficult.
TONI ENCLADE: (Sobs) Yes, it is.
JACQUE REID: Yeah, I’m glad you have other family members with you there helping you out. Tom, this case, I mean, there’s nothing to go on. She just vanished.
TOM JOYNER: Okay.
JACQUE REID: But there’s been a lot of talk about this on social media. So we’re praying for you Toni.
TONI ENCLADE: Thank you.
TOM JOYNER: Alright.
SYBIL WILKES: Thank you.
JACQUE REID: Thank you for taking the time. I know it’s difficult. I also wanted to mention that the Black and Missing Foundation is helping with this case and so many others. They’re having a 5K run on May 25th in D.C. called Hope Without Boundaries. I’ll being MCing that just to help families who in a lot of situations like this don’t have the money to, you know, go back and forth from their hometown to where their loved one went missing and all these kinds of things. So anyone that wants to help out with that can go to bamfi.org. B-A-M-F-I. org.