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Kori Gauthier was a missing Louisiana State University student. Her body recovered Tuesday from the Mississippi River, officials said.
LSU Chief of Police Bart Thompson said investigators concluded there was no criminal activity or foul play involved. He cited video footage, cellphone tracking, and “other evidence we shared with Kori’s parents that we are not at liberty to disclose publicly out of respect for their privacy.”
She was 18-year-old.
The 18-year-old had been missing since last week, and her empty car was found on a bridge over the Mississippi River on April 7.
Gauthier’s vehicle was found on the Horace Wilkinson Bridge by Baton Rouge police early April 7, police have said. It was found unoccupied shortly after midnight after an accident involving what was described as a stalled vehicle on the bridge. The bridge spans the Mississippi.
Searchers on horseback and in boats looked for her since she was reported missing, officials said. On Friday, more than 300 volunteers searched for her, and that night LSU students held a prayer vigil.
The university said the Gauthier family wished to express its sincerest thanks to law enforcement officials and volunteers and asked for privacy at this time.
Her body was found in St. John the Baptist Parish, the university said. A cause of death was not released in the LSU statement.
“The Gauthier family has asked to extend their sincerest thanks to all law enforcement officials and volunteers who helped in the investigation and the search. And also, they thank everyone for their support during this time and ask to please respect their privacy in the days and weeks in the future,” according to the latest police statement.
“Our LSU community is devastated to learn of the loss of Kori Gauthier,” Interim LSU President Tom Galligan said in the statement. “Our thoughts are with her parents, her family, and all who knew her during this tough time. We offer our deepest condolences to her family and friends.”