Lauren Cho still missing after she went missing in California in June
Months before the Gabby Petito story hit international headlines, a young woman Lauren Cho went missing in California. How she disappeared is a mystery. Photo / Supplied
Lauren Cho’s family cannot escape the questions and comments about Gabby Petito.
The Cho, who spent four months searching for the 30-year-old woman after she disappeared in California in June, just want to find her.
Law enforcement has so far been on the lookout for the New Jersey native, affectionately known as “El,” who has walked away from an Airbnb where she was staying with friends and her ex-boyfriend. .
But Lauren Cho’s story is drawn into unnecessary comparisons to the story of Petito – a young woman who also disappeared on a trip across the United States with her boyfriend and whose body was found in Wyoming in the middle of last month.
On a Facebook page set up to keep the public informed of updates surrounding Cho’s disappearance, her sister is due to speak about Petito.
“We would like to take a moment to acknowledge the messages and questions that came to us last week regarding the Gabby Petito affair versus what’s going on with El,” she wrote recently.
“We realize that on the surface, the public information for the two cases shares some similarities. We understand the frustration many of you have expressed about how and why some cases receive national coverage.
“In the end, these two cases are NOT the same and the differences are deeper than what is perceived by the public.
“We fully appreciate the love that continues to be shown to El. We deeply sympathize with Gabby’s family and hope that both of our cases result in a positive resolution.
“Someone knows something. About El, about Gabby.”
Cho’s sister also faces criticism, including one from an audience member who suggested the family was not doing enough.
“Her family have been looking for her,” Cho’s sister wrote.
“Most of us reside on the East Coast, but we’ve made several trips anyway. Please don’t imply that we’re not doing everything we can to find Lauren and bring her home, because we’re doing absolutely everything we can. possible.”
What happened to Lauren Cho?
Cho had recently moved to the west coast of New Jersey and was staying at an Airbnb in Yucca Valley with friends.
The last people to see her reported her missing to police three hours after she pulled away from the property near the Benmar Trail at around 5 p.m. on June 28.
The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department said she was “angry and likely walked away from the complex, leaving her personal belongings behind.”
Her ex-boyfriend said she was “in mental distress” as she disappeared, wearing a yellow t-shirt and denim shorts.
She never came back.
Friends who led the way in trying to find her say they put up posters all around the desert and even ventured to San Diego because “the week before she disappeared [she said] she just wanted to go to the beach “.
Her family say she may have been distressed at the time of her disappearance, but that she is still “a real person” and deserves to be found.
“El is fiercely loved by many, and we see the posts, comments and speculation about her situation, her family, her friends, her sanity,” her sister wrote.
“One day, El [relatives are] related to all of this because nothing on the internet really goes away. So keep being respectful, good people. Continue to remember her name and the fact that she has not yet been found and that we need her home, ”she continued.
“El, that’s a lot… a talented musician, an incredible pastry chef, a hilarious and loyal friend, a weirdly intuitive gift giver, and probably the coolest sister you could hope for. But here she is. that El really shines: as an aunt. “
Cho’s disappearance has received more attention after other similar cases of missing persons.