Missing LSU student Kori Gauthier search dogs alert twice on same area of Mississippi River as family offer $10K reward

Missing LSU student Kori Gauthier search dogs alert twice on same area of Mississippi River as family offer $10K reward

04/11/2021

SEARCH dogs on the lookout for missing LSU student Kori Gauthier twice alerted the same patch of the Mississippi River, just as the family offers a $10,000 reward for her discovery.

The search for the Louisiana State University freshman has been narrowed to just one part of the massive river as authorities and search crews continue their second day of looking for her.


Following search efforts on Saturday evening, LSU released a statement saying "a K9 cadaver dog with Mercy Search & Rescue alerted twice in the same area on the river, which is 85-90 feet deep with conditions that were unsafe to deploy divers."

They continued, saying search efforts are underway along the river, with Mounted Patrol "searching the levee in both directions from Farr Park, while EBRSO, LDWF, LSUPD and BRPD will continue boat searches, including with the latest available sonar technology" on Sunday.

"At this time, based on evidence collected during the investigation thus far, law enforcement officials suspect that no criminal activity or foul play took place," they added.

Authorities searched for Gauthier straight into the morning hours, with volunteers helping on ATVs and even horseback through the levee.


Gauthier has been missing since Wednesday morning when her car was found abandoned on the Mississippi River Bridge after another motorist crashed into it.

Inside the vehicle was her wallet and phone, but the teen was nowhere to be found.

Search efforts officially began on Friday morning in Baton Rouge, where volunteers helped law enforcement and the United Cajun Navy in search efforts.

Drones and helicopters scoured the river while the police department and county sheriff's office used boats to survey the river from below.

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