A body recovered Tuesday from the Mississippi River is that of missing Louisiana State University student Kori Gauthier, officials said Wednesday.
LSU Chief of Police Bart Thompson said investigators concluded there was no criminal activity or foul play involved. He cited video footage, cellphone tracking and "other evidence we shared with Kori’s parents that we are not at liberty to disclose publicly out of respect for their privacy."
Gauthier's vehicle was found on the Horace Wilkinson Bridge by Baton Rouge police early April 7, police have said. It was found unoccupied shortly after midnight after there was an accident involving what was described as a stalled vehicle on the bridge. The bridge spans the Mississippi.
Gauthier was a freshman at the university in Baton Rouge.
Thompson's department, other law enforcement agencies and volunteers searched exhaustively for the 18-year-old, he said.
"This is a difficult conclusion for all of us, but we hope this will bring closure for the Gauthier family," Thompson said. Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul extended his prayers to the young woman's family and friends.