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Advocate: Kori Gauthier died from drowning, coroner says in early report

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Posted at 10:11 PM, Apr 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-17 17:58:11-04

Kori Gauthier, the LSU student whose body was found in the Mississippi River near Reserve following a nearly weeklong search, died from drowning, our media partners at The Advocate report, citing a preliminary ruling from East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office.

The coroner's office emphasized that its finding was preliminary and was subject to change, and did not say what led them to that preliminary conclusion.

KATC reached out to the EBR coroner's office for further information; the coroner's office said final autopsy findings are pending further testing.

Gauthier was reported missing last week after her car was found empty and running on the Mississippi River Bridge. A body was found in St. John the Baptist Parish Tuesday and it was confirmed that the body was Gauthier's on Wednesday.

The East Baton Rouge Parish coroner is handling the case, The Advocate reports. Related testing, like toxicology, typically takes 4-5 weeks, the coroner said, and the autopsy report will be complete once all additional testing has been done.

Read more from The Advocate here.

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