The new release from the LSUHSC says “a team of forensic dentists … used dental records to identify Terrilyn Monette.”
The autopsy to confirm Monette’s official cause of death has not yet been completed.
Read the full news release below:
New Orleans, LA – A team of forensic dentists at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Dentistry identified the body of a 26-year-old teacher found inside her car submerged in Bayou St. John on Saturday, June 8, 2013. Robert Barsley, DDS, JD, Professor and Head of the Division of Diagnostic Sciences in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry and Biomaterials, and Director of Oral Health Resources, Community & Hospital Dentistry, and Ronald Carr, DDS, Clinical Professor of Pathology and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Dentistry, used her dental records to identify Terrilynn Monette, who had been missing since leaving a Lakeview bar early March 2.
In a case that drew national attention, Drs. Barsley and Carr worked with pathologists at the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office to bring closure to Terrilynn Monette’s family. As often happens with complex cases, identifications are made through dental records. LSUHSC New Orleans forensic dentists have worked with coroners’ offices in a number of jurisdictions in the region, law enforcement, and the FACES Lab at LSU for many years. LSUHSC faculty report their findings to these agencies who release the information.