The body that was found in the Mississippi River earlier this week has been identified as that of missing LSU student Kori Gauthier.
According to WWLTV, LSU Chief of Police Bart Thompson confirmed the news on Wednesday (April 14). “Since Kori was first reported missing, the LSU Police Department, Baton Rouge Police Department and other law enforcement agencies and volunteers have taken exhaustive measures to locate her and, in the process, to determine what led to her disappearance,” he said. “This is a difficult conclusion for all of us, but we hope this will bring closure for the Gauthier family.”
Thompson said that video footage, cell phone tracking and other evidence has been given to Gauthier’s family, but has not been made public. Authorities believe there was no foul play or criminal activity involved.
“On behalf of the men and women of the Baton Rouge Police Department, I want to extend our prayers to Kori’s family and friends,” said Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul. “Over the last few days, we’ve held her close in our hearts, as we’ve worked with other agencies, volunteers and loved ones to find Kori. We will continue praying for Kori’s family and friends during this difficult time.”
Gauthier was first reported missing last week. Her car was found abandoned on a bridge near the Mississippi River after another car crashed into it. Her wallet and cell phone were still inside the vehicle. Since then, the Gauthier family and law enforcement put together a massive search and hundreds of volunteers came out to look for the 18-year-old.
“Our LSU community is devastated to learn of the loss of Kori Gauthier,” said Interim LSU President Tom Galligan. “Our thoughts are with her parents, her family and all who knew her during this very difficult time. We offer our deepest condolences to her family and friends.”
The REVOLT team would like to send our thoughts and prayers to Gauthier’s family and friends. May she rest in peace.