Body of missing LSU freshman Kori Gauthier found in Mississippi River

Body of missing LSU freshman Kori Gauthier found in Mississippi River

April 15, 2021

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The body of a Louisiana State University freshman missing since last week was found in the Mississippi River, authorities said Wednesday.

LSU Chief of Police Bart Thompson confirmed that remains pulled from the river in St. John the Baptist Parish on Tuesday were identified as 18-year-old Kori Gauthier, local outlets reported.

“This is a difficult conclusion for all of us, but we hope this will bring closure for the Gauthier family,” Thompson said in a statement.

Investigators have concluded that no criminal activity or foul play was involved, the chief added.

Gauthier, an education major from Opelousas, was reported missing April 6 after she stopped showing up for classes and work and missed a doctor’s appointment.

Her car was found abandoned on the Mississippi River bridge in Baton Rouge.

Gauthier’s phone was found inside the vehicle, which got totaled when someone crashed into it last Wednesday, according to The Advocate.

A massive search for Gauthier ensued, with local law enforcement agencies and residents all joining the efforts, involving boats and police dogs.

Her uncle, Spencer Gauthier, thanked the community for their support in a video on Facebook Wednesday.

“This is not the end result that we were hoping for, but at least we have her body and can start the healing process,” Gauthier said.

He added: “Life is worth living. Never give up.”

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