NOPD officials say they have received several tips from the public regarding a jogger seen on the video of missing teacher Terrilynn Monette.
In all, Officer Hilal Williams says they received seventeen tips about the Marconi Drive jogger following the request by the NOPD for information about the jogger. Williams says detectives "spoke to the runner, as well as several other men and women who were running in City Park at that time."
In a press release, Williams said, "Detectives are working with the information they were given. No further information available at this time."
The jogger can be seen on the video a few minutes after Monette's Honda passes by the camera.
Monette has been missing since the early-morning hours of March 2.
Here is the timeline of the night and morning of March 2 before Monette went missing, according to NOPD Lt. Chris Kalka
- Early evening: Monette went out with a friend and only brought her driver's license and phone. She left her purse, her credit cards, and her money at home.
- Went with a friend to club on Frenchman Street and then to a restaurant on Veterans Boulevard. At about midnight, she & the friend went to meet three other friends at Parlay's Bar on Harrison Avenue. Her phone stopped working at about 1:00 a.m., and police believe the battery may have run out.
- While at Parlays, Kalka says "she did not consume an excessive amount of alcohol while there," according to interviews with other patrons and bartenders.
- Around 3:30 a.m., she went to her car with one of her male friends for about 45 minutes.
- Around 4:15 a.m., the friend left. The friend said at the time she was "passed out" in the driver's seat, and thought it was best for her to "sleep it off." The friend said "she appeared to be intoxicated," according to Lt. Kalka.
- At 5:13 a.m., surveillance video shows her backing her Honda out of the Gulf Coast Bank parking lot. The video shows she was alone in the car. She turned onto Harrison, travels over the little bridge into City Park, and turns left on Marconi. From there, police don't know where she went. At a follow-up news conference today, Kalka said it did not appear she was followed.
- Jogger: About five or ten minutes later, around 5:20 to 5:25, a male jogger is seen on the same camera that captured the last images of Monette's car. Police would like to talk to that City Park jogger to ask him if he saw anything unusual.
Kalka says he has assigned seven detectives from the Third District to this case who continue to investigate.
While he praised the hundreds of volunteers who have searched City Park, he notes that police have used helicopters, horses, K-9s, boats and divers to no avail.
Police are still hoping for a break in the case and urge residents to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111. The amount of the reward for information leading to the discovery of Monette is now $5,500 dollars after additional donations from two teacher's organizations.