Kori Gauthier update: What happened to the LSU student found in Miss. River? What we know.
More than a week after Kori Gauthier’s family began searching for the missing Louisiana State University freshman, whose abandoned car was found on the downtown Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge, Gauthier’s body was recovered from the same waters on Tuesday.
Here’s what we know so far.
Family, friends and strangers mourn Kori
Gauthier's loved ones thanked those who helped search for her and shared memories on social media.
"I do want to take this time to thank every one of you for all the love that you've shown my family since I made my original Facebook post," Gauthier's uncle, Spencer Gauthier, said in a Facebook video.
Law enforcement say no criminal activity involved
Based on cell phone tracking, video footage, a timeline of events, and information shared with the Gauthier family — there was no criminal activity or foul play involved, LSU Chief of Police Bart Thompson said in a release. As of Thursday morning, a cause of death has not been disclosed.
Boater found Kori Gauthier's body on Tuesday
Gauthier's body was recovered from the Mississippi River in St. John the Baptist Parish near Reserve, Louisiana.
Gauthier's family organizes a search party in Baton Rouge
Gauthier was missing since April 6. Her empty car was rear-ended on the Mississippi River Bridge April 7.
The teen's damaged car was towed to a Baton Rouge salvage yard with her wallet and cell phone inside. Gauthier's family members tracked her phone to the junkyard where they first learned of the wrecked vehicle, according to The Advocate.
The search for Gauthier was a multi-agency effort, Thompson said. It included family, local volunteers, LSU Police, Baton Rouge Police Department, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Attorney General, Louisiana State Police and other law enforcement agencies.
Spencer said in a Facebook video that it wasn't the result they were hoping for but that the family can now start the healing process. "Unfortunately, she's not coming home the way that we want, but we do have closure and the healing process can start for her parents and her siblings," he said.
“With my niece Kori, we’ve always talked about music... we’ve always shared songs,” Spencer said.
If he could share one last song with her he said it would be Stevie Wonder’s “These Three Words.” Adding: "To anyone else struggling listen to that song. Hold onto those words and live life."
Ashley White contributed to this report.