A prayer vigil was held Sunday night at Long Beach Wilson High School for an elementary school teacher who grew up in the area and has been reported missing in New Orleans.
Terrilyn Monette was last seen last Saturday at a bar in a neighborhood in New Orleans, where she recently moved to participate in a teaching program, ABC7 reported.
The missing woman was reportedly last seen sleeping in her late model Honda after drinking. The vehicle also has been reported missing.
Friends and family searched a New Orleans park Sunday, but turned up no signs of the missing teacher, according to ABC7.
Several website commenters, however, questioned many parts of the disappearance, including whether she left alone and why she would sleep in her car when she reportedly lived 5-7 minutes away from the bar in what was described as being in the Lakeview District of New Orleans.
Of particular note was the prominence of Monette's disappearance on a website specializing in the publicizing of missing black Americans, a subject that has been showcased by actress Whoopie Goldberg on "The View" daytime talk show.
Monette had been teaching children in impoverished areas as part of the "Teach NOLA" program.
-City News Service and Patch staff contributed to this report.