A Louisiana State University novice is missing after her car was found abandoned on the side of a bridge, officials said.
Kori Gauthier, 18, a graduate of Opelousas, worried her family when she did not show up for classes, work or a medical committee on Wednesday – after they were told her empty car had caused an accident, the lawyer reported.
Devin Jones, the motorist who found Gauthier’s parked car on the Mississippi River Bridge, said the collision became inevitable when another driver interrupted him on the bridge, news station KATC reported.
“The car in front of me swerved over and cut lanes, all I saw was a parked car,” Jones said, adding, “It was either the car or an 18-wheeler.”
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Jones said Gauthier’s car was empty, but police found her phone and wallet inside, the outlet reported.
No play is suspected in her disappearance at this time, police said.
Rescuers searched Saturday in a targeted area of the Mississippi River as they continued to search for the missing student.
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“We want to assure the LSU community that the search for missing LSU student Kori Gauthier will continue in collaboration with law enforcement officials and volunteers across the region,” the university said in a statement. “The LSU police are in contact with Kori’s parents and keep them updated and informed throughout, including sharing details that, out of respect for the family’s privacy and to protect the integrity of the investigation, are not shared with the public.”
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Gauthier’s family is offering a $ 10,000 reward for her safe return.
“I personally pay $ 10,000 to anyone who brings her home. I need my niece !!!!” wrote her uncle, Spencer Gauthier, on Facebook.