BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The body found in the Mississippi River near Reserve on Tuesday has been identified as missing LSU 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.
A family member, Spencer Gauthier, posted a video to his personal Facebook page confirming that the body found in the Mississippi River was indeed Kori and thanked the community for their support during the search.
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 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 Broome added her condolences as well:
“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.”
The investigation found that no criminal activity or foul play was involved in the death of Kori Gauthier.
We will continue to update this story as we receive more information.