Body of LSU Freshman Kori Gauthier Found in Mississippi River

The body of Kori Gauthier, a freshman at Louisiana State University who went missing earlier this month, has been found.

As reported by KLFY on Wednesday, authorities confirmed that the body recovered in the Mississippi River on Tuesday, April 13, has been identified as the missing college student.

“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,” LSU Chief of Police Bart Thompson said in a statement.

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

Thompson added that “based on cell phone tracking, video footage and a timeline of the events related to this case — combined with other evidence we shared with Kori’s parents that we are not at liberty to disclose publicly out of respect for their privacy — we have concluded that there was no criminal activity or foul play involved.”

In his own statement, Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul offered his condolences to Kori’s family and loved ones.

“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,” Paul said, adding, “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.”

Lastly, Interim LSU President Tom Galligan said in a message, “Our LSU community is devastated to learn of the loss of Kori Gauthier. 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.”

Per KLFY, the Gauthier family have extended their sincerest thanks to law enforcement officials, search volunteers, and the general public for their support. However, they are asking individuals to respect their privacy in the days and weeks going forward.

Wednesday on Facebook, Kori’s uncle Spencer Gauthier posted a video where he thanked the community for their kind words and gestures.

“Not the end result that we were hoping for, but at least we have her body and can start the healing process,” he said, adding “This is a tough video to make, but thanks for everything that was done, thanks for all the prayers.”

In an April 9 social media post, LSU said Kori’s vehicle was found unoccupied on top of a Mississippi River bridge at the scene of an accident.

NBC News adds Kori’s car was discovered early April 7 shortly after midnight, and that the accident involved what is being described as a stalled vehicle on the bridge.

Citing the Baton Rouge Police Department, WAFB reported April 9 that Kori’s car appeared to have been abandoned and left running.

“Once officers got to the scene, they found Gauthier’s personal belongings — including her phone — inside and they had her car towed to a junkyard,” WAFB said.

Outlets including CNN and WAFB say Kori was last seen on April 6.

On April 10, the university said law enforcement officials do not believe criminal activity or foul play took place.

We offer our thoughts and prayers to Kori’s family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time.


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