BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – LSU student, identified as, Kori Gauthier, is missing after her vehicle was involved in a crash on the Mississippi River Bridge.
LSU says Gauthier’s vehicle was found unoccupied early Thursday morning on the I-10 eastbound side of the Mississippi River Bridge, going towards Baton Rouge.
Gauthier, 18 years old, is described to be 5’5” and weighs between 115 to 120 pounds with dark brown hair and brown eyes.
Spencer Gauthier, the uncle of Kori Gauthier, posted on his Facebook page about his missing niece.
Gauthier says she has been missing since April 6 and that he’s checked every hospital, jail, and coroner’s office and there is no sign of Gauthier.
LSU Police has been investigating the disappearance of Gauthier and has been in close contact with her family.
Wendy Devall, Gauthier’s Aunt says, “The last thing we knew she was on campus, so we called LSUPD first, so that’s why they are taking the lead.”
Devall says, “The last thing that we know of is that she sent my son a snapchat at midnight.”
LSU put out a statement saying that the car was unoccupied when it was hit.
Devall says, “We found out today that a state trooper reported that he saw an abandoned vehicle on the Mississippi River Bridge and then by the time….the wreck had already happened.”
Additionally, she says that when the state trooper found the car it was already vacant and before dispatchers could make it to the location it was hit by another vehicle. Then, the car was towed and taken to the junkyard.
“She was going back into Baton Rouge, so not sure if she was trying to come to my house and then changed her mind or what she was doing, but we know she left Baton Rouge and then eventually was going back into Baton Rouge. ”
They believe that she was headed westbound on the bridge and then turned around to go back eastbound towards Baton Rouge.
Students at LSU are helping the search for Gauthier by putting up flyers around campus in hopes of her return.
As the search continues for Gauthier, the United Cajun Navy is working with local law enforcement to do an aerial search along the Mississippi River on Friday morning.
The United Cajun Navy is asking for volunteers to help search for Gauthier to meet at the flag pole in front of LSU Veterinary School at 8 a.m. on Friday.
Anyone with information on Kori Gauthier is asked to contact LSU Police at (225) 578-3231.