A body was reportedly found Tuesday during a search for a missing Louisiana State University freshman whose car was found abandoned on a bridge last week.
LSU student Kori Gauthier, 18, has been missing since April 6, when her empty vehicle was found on a bridge over the river in Baton Rouge after another motorist crashed into it.
According to The lawyerSheriff Mike Tregre of the Parish of St. John the Baptist confirmed that a body was found in the Mississippi River in the reservation at around 9:18 AM on Tuesday morning.
Tregre said the body was recovered near milestone 137 after a crew member on a tugboat saw the body in the middle of the river.
Authorities have not released the person’s identity. An autopsy will be performed.
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A body was reportedly found on Tuesday during a search for missing Louisiana State University freshman, Kori Gauthier (pictured), 18, whose car was found abandoned on a bridge last week
St John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre confirmed that a body was found in Reserve’s Mississippi River at around 9:18 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Authorities have not released the person’s identity. An autopsy will be performed. Gauthier is depicted
Search crews (volunteers pictured) and police, including drones, helicopters and boats, have been scouring the banks of the Mississippi River for the past two days in hopes of finding the missing teen
Volunteers who assisted the search for Gauthier on foot, in cars, on ATVs and on horseback. The United Cajun Navy was called in to assist in the rescue effort
Investigators and police, including drones, helicopters and boats, have been combed the banks of the Mississippi for the past two days in hopes of finding the missing teenager.
Volunteers who assisted the search for Gauthier on foot, in cars, on ATVs and on horseback. The United Cajun Navy was called in to assist in the rescue effort.
Over the weekend, rescuers had targeted a small section of the Mississippi River for zero, but they couldn’t send divers because it was considered unsafe.
A statement released by LSU on Saturday night said: ‘A K9 cadaver dog with Mercy Search & Rescue was warned twice in the same area on the river, which is 85-90 feet deep with conditions unsafe for divers to deploy . ‘
Search efforts continued with Mounted Patrol “searching the embankment in both directions from Farr Park, while EBRSO, LDWF, LSUPD and BRPD continue to search for boats, including with the latest sonar technology available,” on Sunday, the statement said.
“At the moment, based on evidence gathered so far during the investigation, law enforcement officials suspect no criminal activity or foul play has taken place.”
Gauthier’s phone and wallet were removed from her car after the April 7 crash, which remained stationary on the side of the road.
Devin Jones, who crashed into Gauthier’s car, said he checked it immediately after the collision and that there was no one in the car.
Gauthier has been missing since April 6, when her car was found empty on a bridge over the river in Baton Rouge after another motorist crashed into it
Devin Jones, who crashed into Gauthier’s car, said he checked it immediately after the collision and there was no one in the car
Investigators and police searched the only section of the river, around the Farr Park RV Campground, after dogs alerted handlers to the site twice a day
Volunteers from the United Cajun Navy will gather on Sunday to search the Mississippi River
Officials are not treating her disappearance as suspicious.
Gauthier’s uncle has offered a $ 10,000 reward to anyone who brings her home.
Writing on Facebook, he said, ‘Everyone, I need your help! Share this photo of my niece Kori Gauthier. She has not been seen since April 6.
She’s a freshman at LSU. Her vehicle was involved in an accident (currently at a junkyard) on the Mississippi bridge at or around 1 a.m. on April 7.
“I’ve checked every hospital, prison, coroner’s office, you name it. No sign of her. I personally pay $ 10,000 to anyone who leads her home. I need my niece !!!! ‘
Gautier’s father, Levar, joined the search for his daughter on Friday and attended a prayer circle to pray for her safe return that evening.
He told WAFB, ‘I haven’t eaten for lunch at work since Wednesday, I’ve slept for maybe four hours in the last few days, and her mom hadn’t gotten much, I’m sure. I take a cat nap here and there, but I mean, we won’t stop until we know something about my daughter. ‘
Police have been criticized for their slow response to Gauthier’s disappearance after failing to notify the registered owner of her vehicle that it had been involved in an accident.
Gauthier’s parents said they only realized she had disappeared when she did not show up for work on April 6 and repeated phone calls went unanswered.
Levar said he had received several unusual calls from Gauthier’s mother telling him that his daughter was not answering her phone, prompting further unsuccessful attempts to contact her.
On Friday, Baton Rouge Police said in a statement: “ On April 7, 2020, shortly after midnight, we responded to the Horace Wilkinson Bridge (also known as the Mississippi River Bridge) in relation to a reported accident involving a stalled vehicle.
Upon arrival, the officer saw that the stationary vehicle was unoccupied. The officer acted quickly to have the vehicle taken off the roadway to avoid other accidents.
“The registered owner of the vacant vehicle has not been contacted, but this investigation was still ongoing.”
According to LSU, Gauthier is five feet tall and weighs about 120 pounds. She has dark brown hair and brown eyes.