KORI Gauthier’s dad has paid a touching tribute to the student as surveillance footage revealed there was “no foul play” in her death.
The Louisiana State University (LSU) student’s body was recovered from the Mississippi River days after she was reported missing on April 6.
The news was confirmed by LSU chief of police Bart Thompson Wednesday.
Thompson said that investigators “have concluded that there was no criminal activity or foul play involved,” according to WAFB.
Dad Levar Gauthier, released a statement Wednesday confirming that the body found in the river was his daughter.
"God granted me the one wish I had and that was to receive her in any way to be put to rest properly," he said.
"She always said that I didn't do anything at work so I guess she was trying to see for herself!! I would like to thank everyone who assisted in any way.
"It's too many to name but THANK YOU!! Give me time to process it all but do know [if] I haven't already responded to your texts or calls I will in the near future.
"God Bless you and Rest is Paradise Kori Monet Gauthier," he added.
Gauthier's vehicle was discovered unoccupied on the Mississippi River Bridge between Baton Rouge and Port Allen around midnight on Wednesday, April 7.
Her belongings, including her wallet, driver's license and phone were all found in the vehicle.
The teen's boyfriend was reportedly the last person to see her, and said that they had gotten into an argument before she disappeared.
Her uncle, Spencer Gauthier, also took to Facebook to confirm that the teen was found dead, and to thank everyone who reached out to help the family.
"Thanks, guys, for everything that was done. Thanks for all the prayers," he said, before adding a message about reaching out for help if you need it.
"Life is worth living. In all honesty, life is worth living," he said.
"Never give up. As you guys can see, a nation of people came together for my niece. That same nation of people would come to your side".
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