Kori Gauthier, a Louisiana State University freshman who went missing a week ago, has been found dead.
LSU officials confirmed Wednesday evening that a body recently found in the Mississippi River is Gauthier.
“Since Kori was first reported missing, the LSU Police Department, Baton Rouge Police Department and other law enforcement agencies and volunteers have taken comprehensive steps to locate her and in doing so, determine what led to his disappearance, ”LSU Police Chief Bart Thompson said in a statement. “It’s a tough conclusion for all of us, but we hope it ends the Gauthier family.
The 19-year-old was last seen alive on April 7, heading to her dorm on campus, McClatchy News previously reported.
His car was found abandoned with the engine running on the I-10 Mississippi Bridge in Baton Rouge. The vehicle was involved in an accident and was towed to a salvage yard, authorities said. Gauthier’s phone and wallet were still inside, but there was no sign of her.
Authorities said foul play was not suspected, McClatchy reported.
LSU police maintain him, although they have provided little new information about his disappearance and death.
“Based on cell phone tracking, video footage and a timeline of events related to this case – combined with other evidence we have shared with Kori’s parents that we are not free to publicly disclose out of respect for their privacy – we concluded that no criminal activity or foul play was involved. Thompson said.
Kori’s uncle Spencer Gauthier posted a live video to Facebook on Wednesday thanking the volunteers and authorities who have helped find her niece and offered support to the family over the past seven days.
“This is not the end result that we were hoping for. But at least we have his body and can start the healing process, ”he said.
“Life is worth living. In all honesty, life is worth living,” he added. “Never give up. As you can see, a nation of people gathered for my niece.
Gauthier’s body was spotted in the river by a member of a tugboat crew on Tuesday, more than 50 miles south of Baton Rouge, The Advocate reported. An autopsy performed the next day confirmed the identity.