Friends of missing NJ woman spread the word – NBC New York
As awareness of missing persons cases increases across the country, friends and family of 30-year-old Lauren “El” Cho, who went missing near Joshua Tree National Park in California in June, are asking people to bring the same energy to find it.
“Where is my sister ?!” a brother posted on Facebook in August. Since early July, the family has been running a page titled “Missing Person: Lauren ‘El’ Cho” to raise awareness while awaiting updates from authorities. Recent interest in missing persons cases, fueled by the disappearance and death of Gabby Petito, has inspired some of Cho’s friends to take her story to Twitter.
Cho, a New Jersey resident, went missing on June 28 around 5 p.m. when she left her Airbnb on a remote mountain trail in Yucca Valley, Calif. Cho was traveling with her friends and her ex-boyfriend, and they told police that the last time they saw her she had walked away from the residence and went into the desert without food, without water or cell phone.
Police conducted an aerial search nearly a month later, on July 24, and on July 31, they searched the property where Cho was staying. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department told NBC Asian America the search for Cho never stopped, but the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigations Division got involved this month after local police got ” exhausted its investigation “.