Shane Fell family reaches out to Terrilyn Monette family

Shane Fell

Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News

GRETNA, La. – On the same day that a volunteer team suspended its search for a missing teacher, another family says they feel a special connection to the case.

Nearly two years after Shane Fell went missing, his family still has signs with his name and photograph outside their home.

“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about him and wish he was here and miss him,” said Fell’s brother, Brett.

Fell flipped his car at a curve on River Road in Marrero in June 2011. He called his brother, who arrived on scene shortly after, but all that was left was Fell’s car and one of his shoes.

His family has been searching ever since.

“He wouldn’t want me to stop, you know, he’d walk through that door today and he’d be proud of me, the way that I keep going,” said Brett Fell.

Fell’s family has printed thousands of flyers with Fell’s face on them since he went missing. They continue to post them every few weeks in shopping centers and other public places.

Still, there are no leads.

“You can’t have any closure either way because you don’t know, and that’s the hardest thing,” said Brett Fell.

The recent search for another missing person brings those feelings to the forefront. Terrilynn Monette, 26, has been missing for 18 days. The Jefferson Parish teacher disappeared after leaving Parlay’s Bar in Lakeview.


If you have any information, call the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office at (504) 364-5300, Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111, or Brett Fell at (504) 382-1334.

For more about the search, click here.

The reward for information on Terrilynn Monette’s whereabouts is up to $3,500. If you have any information, call New Orleans police or Crimestoppers at 822-1111.

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Equusearch suspends search for missing teacher Terrilyn Monette


By Helen Freund, | The Times-Picayune

Equusearch suspended its search for missing schoolteacher Terrilyn Monette on Wednesday (March 20). Tim Miller, director of the Texas-based search and recovery operation, said that his team had packed their bags and were heading back to Houston after all of their searches through New Orleans lagoons and waterways over the past week failed to find the woman.

“It’s really sad leaving,” a disheartened Miller said. “But I highly doubt we missed anything during our search. We just ran out of places to look,” Miller said.

Miller’s group came equipped with boats outfitted with high-tech sonar equipment and divers on hand to search through bodies of water. Miller said the sonar equipment used during their search was “very advanced” and is able to search through water up to 1,000 feet deep. Bayou St. John runs about 18 feet at its deepest points.

Several cars were discovered in the water throughout the the searches but none of them ended up matching the description of the black 2012 Honda Accord belonging to Monette.

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