Missing LSU student: Search narrowed to one part of Mississippi River, university says
“Once officers got to the scene, they found Gauthier’s personal belongings — including her phone — inside and they had her car towed to a junkyard,” WAFB reported.
The search was narrowed down after a K-9 cadaver dog alerted the same area of the river twice earlier on Saturday, the school said in its statement.
The conditions of the area were unsafe and divers were not deployed, the statement said, but mounted patrol will search a levee along the river on Sunday and the latest sonar technology will be used by law enforcement on boats.
Law enforcement believes no criminal activity or foul play took place, based on the evidence that was collected, the statement added.
The school’s police department has been in touch with Gauthier’s parents, and they are sharing details with them privately, LSU said.
Gauthier’s father, Levar Gauthier, joined the search on Friday and the family held a vigil Friday evening near the site where her car was found, according to WAFB.
CNN has reached out to Baton Rouge Police for additional details on the accident and the search.
Correction: A previous version of this article misspelled retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré’s name