A body recovered from the Mississippi River has been identified as 18-year-old Louisiana State University student Kori Gauthier.
Police say they don’t suspect foul play in the disappearance of the LSU freshman.
She was last seen alive on April 6 by her boyfriend after the two had an argument.
Gauthier’s car was found abandoned on the eastbound side of I-10 on the Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge on Wednesday, April 7.
Police towed the car to a junkyard after another driver rear ended the vehicle on the bridge about 1 a.m.
Gauthier’s family had offered $10,000 for information on her whereabouts.
Surveillance video footage and cellphone tracking were among the evidence that police presented to Gauthier’s parents to support their theory that she jumped.
There is also “other evidence we shared with Kori’s parents that we are not liberty to disclose publicly out of respect for their privacy,” LSU chief of police Bart Thompson said at a press conference on Wednesday.
Kori’s father, Levar Gauthier, told NOLA.com he had no idea his daughter was missing until she failed to show up to an orthodontist’s appointment.
He said her former roommate used an app to track her cell phone to the junkyard where police had towed her car on Wednesday.
Her cell phone, keys, and wallet were found inside the car.
Gauthier’s uncle Spencer said finding her body means the family can have closure. He asked her friends and supporters to continue to pray and uplift the family during their time of grieving.
He also urged his Facebook followers to honor his niece by listening to Stevie Wonder’s song, “These Three Words.”