Search dogs help narrow search for missing LSU freshman down to single section of Mississippi River after her car was found abandoned on bridge

The search for a missing student has been narrowed down to one stretch of the Mississippi River after search dogs alerted handlers to the same area twice in one day.

Louisiana State University freshman Kori Gauthier, 18, has been missing since April 6, when her car was found abandoned on a bridge over the river in Baton Rouge after another motorist crashed into it.

Rescuers zeroed on the small area of the river on Saturday, but were unable to send in divers because it was considered unsafe.

A statement released by LSU on Saturday evening said: ‘A K9 cadaver dog with Mercy Search & Rescue alerted twice in the same area on the river, which is 85-90 feet deep with conditions that were unsafe to deploy divers.’

Search efforts continued with Mounted Patrol ‘searching the levee in both directions from Farr Park, while EBRSO, LDWF, LSUPD and BRPD will continue boat searches, including with the latest available sonar technology’ on Sunday, the statement said.

‘At this time, based on evidence collected during the investigation thus far, law enforcement officials suspect that no criminal activity or foul play took place’.

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Source: Daily Mail