Body of missing LSU student Kori Gauthier found in Mississippi River

The body of a missing Louisiana State University (LSU) student was found in the Mississippi River. 

Kori Gauthier was reported missing on April 6. 

According to the university, since she was reported missing, the LSU Police Department, the Baton Rouge Police Department, other law enforcement agencies and volunteers worked to locate her and determine the cause of her disappearance. 


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LSU Police Chief Bart Thompson said the department used cellphone tracking, video footage and a timeline of events combined with evidence shared with her family to determine that no foul play is involved. 

“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,” Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul said. “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.”

The Gauthier family extended their thanks to everyone who helped with the investigation and search. 

Interim LSU President Tom Galligan said the university is hurting due to the loss. 

“Our LSU community is devastated to learn of the loss of Kori Gauthier. 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,” Galligan said. “Our entire community is heartbroken by the loss of this amazing young woman,” said Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome. “I send my most heartfelt condolences to Kori’s family and loved ones. Please keep them in your prayers during this time.”

BNC’s Lauren McCoy, a graduate of the university, reacted to the news on social media. 

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