An unidentified body was located Tuesday in the Mississippi River, amid the search for missing LSU student, Kori Gauthier.
The Advocate reports that a boater spotted the body at around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning. According to Sheriff Mike Tregre, the body was found close to Milepost 137, in St. John the Baptist Parish.
LSU officials are scheduled to meet with St. John the Baptist Parish authorities. LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard III reportedly said that an update will be provided at some point today.
Meanwhile, the United Cajun Navy called off search efforts for Gauthier Tuesday afternoon, citing inclement weather, BrProud News reports.
“United Cajun Navy has called off the volunteer search for missing student Kori Gaithier due to severe weather moving into the area. We will update shortly on the confirmation that an unidentified body was found near Reserve, La. in St. John Parish…Please respect the privacy of the family in comments. Please keep the family in your prayers.”
Family members said authorities didn’t notify them about the crash. They first learned she was missing when Gauthier’s employer called them after she didn’t show up for work. The family said they also learned she missed a doctor’s appointment and missed classes.
By using the Lifetime 360 app, family members learned that Kori’s car was at an impound lot, following the wreck. Her phone, wallet, and other belongings were still inside the car.
“Interestingly, she goes toward the bridge, away, and then back,” Nancy Grace told Fox News. “Was somebody in the car with her? Was there some kind of struggle?”
Another driver ended up hitting Gauthier’s car from behind when he couldn’t move over in time to avoid it. The driver said that no one was in the car when he hit it.
Her car is found in park, still running, with the airbags deployed. That usually happens when you’re hit from the front, not the back of your car,” Grace added.
“DNA could be on those airbags! Just so many unanswered questions.”
The Cajun Navy is now assisting in the search to find Gauthier.
Kori’s uncle, Spencer Gauthier, has since announced a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the whereabouts of his niece. He added that he learned while searching for his niece that she had gotten into a fight with her boyfriend shortly before she vanished.
Police have not named anyone a suspect in her disappearance and previously said no foul play is suspected.
Anyone with information should contact local law enforcement at (225) 578-3231 or (225) 389-2000.