Who is Kori Gauthier and when did she go missing?

A SEARCH is underway for a missing Louisiana State University freshman.

Freshman Kori Gauthier, 18, was last seen heading home to her campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Who is Kori Gauthier?

Kori is a student at Lousiana State University.

She is from Opelousas, Louisiana. She is 5'5" with brown eyes, according to a description from police.

When did Kori Gauthier go missing?

Kori was last seen on Tuesday, April 5.

Her car was found abandoned on the Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge.

Another motorist had smashed into her stationary car and then discovered there was nobody at the wheel.

Her belongings, including her wallet, driver's license and phone were all found in the vehicle.

The Cajun Navy has joined the search to find Kori.

Her family was not aware that Kori was missing until they discovered she did not show up for work.

Kori's father, Levar Gauthier, joined the search to find his daughter Friday.

"I haven't eaten since Wednesday at work for lunch," he told WAFB.

"I've maybe gotten four hours of sleep in the last couple of days and her mom hadn't gotten that much, I'm sure.

"I get a cat nap here and there but I mean we won't stop until we know something about my daughter," he said.

What have the authorities said about the investigation?

Police said they do not suspect foul play or criminal activity took place.

LSU said in an update that the search for Kori has been narrowed to a section of the Mississippi River.

"On Sunday, April 11, Mounted Patrol will be searching the levee in both directions from Farr Park, while EBRSO LDWF, LSUPD and BRPD will continue with boat searches, including with the latest available sonar technology," the school said.

The school said Kori's parents were being updated on the latest developments and evidence has been collected during the probe.

What can the public do to help with the investigation?

Anyone with information related to Kori's whereabouts should contact local law enforcement at (225) 578-3231 or (225) 389-2000.

Kori's family is offering a reward to anyone who can bring the college student home.

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