Body found in Mississippi River identified as missing LSU student



BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA) – The body found in the Mississippi River near Reserve, Louisiana on Tuesday was missing Louisiana State University student Kori Gauthier, according to authorities.

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

Kori’s uncle, Spencer Gauthier, posted a video to his personal Facebook page confirming that the body found in the Mississippi River was indeed his niece Kori.

Interim LSU President Tom Galligan offered his condolences to the Gauthier family:

“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 extensive search for Kori Gauthier included many agencies and individuals, some of them are listed below:

  • LSU Police
  • Baton Rouge Police Department
  • East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office
  • Louisiana State Attorney General
  • Louisiana State Police
  • K9 Mercy
  • Southeast Louisiana Rescue/Search
  • Iberville Sheriff’s Office
  • Livingston Sheriff’s Office
  • St. Charles Sheriff’s Office
  • United Cajun Navy
  • WBR Sheriff’s Office
  • Cajun Navy 2016/
  • Pinnacle SAR, Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries
  • EBR ABC Office
  • New Orleans Harbor Police
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office
  • Volunteer groups and individual volunteers

Mayor Sharon Weston Broome added her condolences as well:

“Our entire community is heartbroken by the loss of this amazing young woman. I send my most heartfelt condolences to Kori’s family and loved ones. Please keep them in your prayers during this time.”

The investigation found that no criminal activity or foul play was involved in her death.

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