Kori Gauthier’s body has been recovered from the water. The police state there is no foul play. According to a preliminary ruling from the coroner’s office she died from drowning.
Original Story: Kori Gauthier, 18, was last seen Tuesday, April 6, 2020. Her family began to worry when she didn’t show up for classes at LSU, work or a doctor’s appointment on Wednesday.
Her vehicle was found on the eastbound side of I-10 on the Mississippi River Bridge around 1 a.m. on April 7, when a driver crashed into it. Police say it appeared her car had been abandoned.
Kori’s father, Levar Gauthier said the man that ran into her car on the bridge has reached out to him.
WTVA News stated the car had been left running.
Kori is a student at LSU and they released a statement:
“We want to assure the LSU community that the search for missing LSU student Kori Gauthier continues in cooperation with law enforcement officials and volunteers throughout the region. LSU Police Department is in contact with Kori’s parents and keeping them updated and informed throughout, including sharing details that, out of respect for the family’s privacy and to protect the integrity of the investigation, are not being shared with the general public. We are aware there are those who want us to address the many rumors and speculation, but our focus is on locating Kori and respecting her parents’ privacy in the process.”
Kori is 5 feet, 5 inches and weighs between 115 to 120 pounds with dark brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing black leggings and a purple sweatshirt. Police found her wallet and cell phone in the car.
The police state they don’t believe there is any foul play and social media thoughts are that maybe Kori jumped into the water from the bridge. The Cajon Navy and Texas Equusearch are searching using every available technology available and have opened up the search to volunteers.
Gauthier’s uncle has posted on Facebook, asking for help in locating her. The family is remaining hopeful Kori will return home safely, and is offering a $10,000 reward for her safe return.
If you have any information, call LSU Police at (225) 578-3231 or Baton Rouge Police at (225) 389-2000.