NOPD detectives have spoken with the jogger who they were seeking to interview Friday after learning the jogger had been near the last place missing teacher Terrilyn Monette was seen, at about the same time. On Friday, police appealed to citizens to help them find a person who was running along Marconi Drive around the time Monette is believed to have driven her car near City Park. The jogger is not a suspect in the case, police said.
Within hours of releasing the information, police received 17 tips about the jogger, said officer Hilal Williams, a Police Department spokesperson. Detectives spoke to thart jogger, as well as several other people who were running in City Park at the time, Williams said.
Police did not release information about what the jogger told them.
Monette, 26, was last seen around 5:15 a.m. on March 2 after leaving Parlay's Bar in the 800 block of Harrison Avenue in Lakeview.
The second-grade teacher, who moved to New Orleans in 2011, told friends at the bar that she planned to sleep in her car before driving home because she had been drinking.
At 3:30 a.m., the California native left the bar with an unidentified male friend. The man told police he left Monette asleep in the driver's seat of her car at about 4:15 a.m. An hour later, she was seen on a surveillance camera pulling out of the parking lot.
A few minutes after Monette drove away from the intersection of Harrison and Marconi, the jogger was running down Marconi Drive.
Last week, Equusearch suspended a weeklong search for Monette in City Park lagoons and Bayou St. John. Police have said they assigned eight detectives to the case, working around the clock. They have not ruled out foul play.
"There are any number of places she could have gone off of Marconi," 3rd District Lt. Chris Kalka said, "and some of those places are just not covered by cameras."
Monette is described as 5 feet, 8 inches tall, and weighs 180 pounds. She has a light brown complexion with long brown hair. She was last seen wearing a pink and yellow sweater with blue jeans. She has a tattoo on her left leg.
Edited by aurora_sky - Mar 25 2013 at 6:44pm