LSU officials have confirmed that the body found in the Mississippi River is missing LSU student Kori Gauthier. Gauthier first went missing April 06. Authorities found the body in St. John The Baptist Parish.
LSU Chief of Police Bart Thompson said, “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.”
The effort to find Gauthier's body was a collaboration between the Cajun Navy, the LA State Attorney General's Office and over six police departments.
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,” said Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul. “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.”
Interim LSU President Tom Galligan offered his condolences to the Gauthier family and expressed the LSU community's devestation.
“Our thoughts are with her parents, her family, and all who knew her during this very difficult time," said Galligan. "We offer our deepest condolences to her family and friends.”
Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome who was at Monday night's vigil for Gauthier offered her sympathies to the Gauthier family.
“Our entire community is heartbroken by the loss of this amazing young woman,” said Broome. “I send my most heartfelt condolences to Kori’s family and loved ones. Please keep them in your prayers during this time.”
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 going forward.
This story will be updated as new details are available.