LAFAYETTE, La. — A physique recovered from the Mississippi River within the St. John the Baptist Parish was recognized as lacking LSU scholar Kori Gauthier, authorities stated Wednesday.
Primarily based on mobile phone monitoring, video footage, a timeline of occasions, and data shared with the Gauthier household, there was no legal exercise or foul play concerned, LSU Chief of Police Bart Thompson stated in a launch.
Her physique was discovered on Tuesday by a boater.
“God granted me the one want I had and that was to obtain her in any strategy to be put to relaxation correctly,” Levar Gauthier, Kori’s father stated in a Fb put up.
Her uncle, Spencer Gauthier, stated in a Fb video that it wasn’t the outcome they have been hoping for however that the household can now begin the therapeutic course of.
“Sadly, she’s not coming house the best way that we wish, however we do have closure and the therapeutic course of can begin for her mother and father and her siblings,” he stated.
Gauthier stated he wished to share one final tune together with her — Stevie Surprise’s “These Three Phrases” — and inspired others to hearken to it, too.
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“Take heed to that tune, maintain on to these phrases, that lifestyle,” he stated.
Gauthier, a freshman from Opelousas, Louisiana, had been lacking since April 6. Her automobile was rear-ended on the Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge at about 1 a.m. on April 7. Her automobile was taken to a junkyard and her mobile phone and pockets have been inside.
“This can be a troublesome conclusion for all of us, however we hope this can deliver closure for the Gauthier household,” Thompson stated.
The seek for Gauthier, which lasted days, was a multi-agency effort, Thompson stated.
“Our LSU neighborhood is devastated to be taught of the lack of Kori Gauthier,” stated Interim LSU President Tom Galligan. “Our ideas are together with her mother and father, her household, and all who knew her throughout this very troublesome time. We provide our deepest condolences to her household and buddies.”
The Gauthier household thanked volunteers and legislation enforcement officers for his or her help and requested for privateness within the days and weeks going ahead.
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