Body in Mississippi River Identified as Missing Student LSU Kori Gauthier, No Foul Play Suspected

A body recovered by authorities from the Mississippi River has been identified as Kori Gauthier, an 18-year-old freshman from Louisiana State University (LSU) who had gone missing.

Gauthier was last seen on April 5. Police discovered her unoccupied vehicle at the scene of an accident on the eastbound side of the Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her family reported her disappearance after she didn't show up to work.

Her disappearance compelled the LSU Police Department, Baton Rouge Police Department and other law enforcement agencies and volunteers to begin an exhaustive search.

"Based on cell phone tracking, video footage and a timeline of the events related to this case... we have concluded that there was no criminal activity or foul play involved," LSU Chief of Police Bart Thompson said in a statement on Wednesday.

However, investigators still haven't determined what caused her death.

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Authorities have identified a body recovered from the Mississippi River as Kori Gauthier, a missing student from Louisiana State University. In this photo, floodwater from the Mississippi River cuts off the roadway from Missouri into Illinois at the states' border on May 30, 2019. Scott Olson/Getty

"This is a difficult conclusion for all of us," Thompson continued, "but we hope this will bring closure for the Gauthier family."

LSU's interim President Tom Galligan offered condolences to the student's friends and family on behalf of the entire university.

In a social media post following the identification of his daughter's body, the missing woman's father, Levar Gauthier, wrote, "God granted me the one wish I had and that was to receive her in any way to be put to rest properly."

He also thanked everyone who helped search for his missing daughter. Lastly, he asked for the public to grant him and his family privacy as they grieve.

The Gauthier family had offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who could provide information that would lead to her safe return.

During the search, Levar Gauthier told WFAB-TV, "I've maybe gotten four hours of sleep in the last couple of days and her mom hadn't gotten that much, I'm sure. I get a cat nap here and there but I mean we won't stop until we know something about my daughter."

The search for the missing student involved over 300 volunteers, including ones on all-terrain vehicles, horseback, boats, helicopters, on foot as well as operating flying drones.

The search around the 85-90-foot deep Mississippi River involved a cadaver-locating dog, boat searches and the latest available sonar technology, according to tweets from LSU. Authorities didn't use divers in the river due to safety concerns.

Police found the young woman's phone and wallet left inside of her abandoned vehicle. She had reportedly gotten into an argument with her boyfriend, the last person to see her, before disappearing, KATC reported.

Newsweek contacted the LSU Police Department for comment.