We finally have some answers in the search for 19-year-old Kori Gauthier from opelousas but unfortunately... It wasn't the ending we were all hoping for.
Unfortunately, we have been it has been confirmed that it was my nieces body found in the river near Reserve, Louisiana.
Kori Gauthier's uncle, Spencer Gauthier... announcing in a live video on facebook... the body found yesterday in the Mississippi river in St. John the Baptist parish was identified as Kori Gauthier.
The LSU freshman and Opelousas native has been missing since last week. authorities say her car was found early Wednesday morning after another driver crashed into it. Her phone and wallet were still inside.
LSU Chief of police Bart Thompson released a statement saying in part... "based on cell phone tracking, video footage and a timeline of the events related to this case combined with other evidence we shared with Kori's parents that we are not at liberty to disclose publicly out of respect for their privacy we have concluded that there was no criminal activity or foul play involved."
Her uncle says though the road to closure began in tragedy, the healing process starts now.
Spencer Gauthier says "boy or girl man or woman if you're going through anything in life get comfortable having uncomfortable conversations life is worth living in all honesty life is worth living never give up"
Spencer Gauthier says it's all about coming together, especially in times of trouble.
Spencer Gauthier says "it takes a village to raise children these days as we were all taught that coming up ourselves everybody child should be treated like our owns regardless the race regardless the religious beliefs regardless of political affiliations"
The Gauthier family has asked to extend their sincerest thanks to all law enforcement officials and volunteers who helped in the investigation and the search... they thank everyone for their support during this time, and ask to please respect their privacy in the days and weeks going forward.