Car found in bayou during search for missing UNO student

Published: Jul. 2, 2018 at 12:30 AM CDT
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Hayley Howard (Source: NOPD)
Hayley Howard (Source: NOPD)
Hayley Howard (Source: NOPD)
Hayley Howard (Source: NOPD)
Authorities searching near Irish Bayou (Source: WVUE)
Authorities searching near Irish Bayou (Source: WVUE)

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) - Authorities continue to search for a 19-year-old UNO student who went missing over the weekend.

Friends of Howard say police have told them that a car was discovered in the water, but have not identified the make or model of the car. Howard was driving a 2002 silver Toyota Corolla. Around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, a silver car was pulled from the bayou, but it unknown if this is the car belonging to Howard.

According to the New Orleans Police Department, Hayley Howard was last seen leaving the UNO campus on Saturday, March 1 at roughly 2 a.m. She is enrolled at the university as a chemistry major and was recently accepted into Xavier's Pharmacy School.

"A friend told police that she stopped for a flat tire on her way home to Slidell," Remi A. Braden, Director of Public Affairs for NOPD, said. "NOPD detectives have checked area hospitals to see if Ms. Howard had possibly been admitted for some reason. She had not."

Investigators were able to determine that Howard's cell phone was active near the Irish Bayou around 6 a.m.

"The NOPD and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office assembled a search a rescue team," Braden noted. "They disseminated a boat unit, helicopter and ground units in New Orleans and St. Tammany Parish."

So far they have not found any physical evidence. On Wednesday, March 5, search parties returned to the Irish Bayou area to search the water.

"Detectives have some video surveillance from cameras along that possible route to Slidell in an effort to spot Ms. Howard's car and try to get a better idea of the direction she was headed in," Braden added.

If you know anything regarding Howard's location or this investigation, call Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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