Missing in America: Lauren Cho ‘moved away’ from her California Airbnb
(Nation Now) – It’s been 100 days since Lauren Cho was reported missing in an Airbnb located on a dirt road in the Yucca Valley in California.
Despite extensive research and increased interest in her case, Cho’s disappearance remains a mystery.
Those who know Cho well desperately want to know where she is.
“None of this makes sense to me. None of that makes sense to any of us, ”said Len Gherardi, who went to high school with Cho in New Jersey and then worked with her in a store, tattooing and piercing.
“All of her friends and family know that she wouldn’t have just walked away from her life, she wouldn’t have just vanished,” Gherardi said of the 30-year-old also known as “el.” . “She wouldn’t have just disappeared like that.”
Cho’s ex-boyfriend reported her missing on June 28 at around 5 p.m., telling authorities they had quarreled three hours earlier, then left the Airbnb where they were staying.
Later, during a telephone interview with the Hi-Desert star, the ex-boyfriend said “there was a 10 minute window in there and she evaporated”.
According to Mara Rodriguez of the San Bernadino Sheriff’s Department, “She basically walked away with just the clothes she was wearing. No cell phone, no personal items, no money, nothing at all.
Cho was wearing denim shorts and a yellow t-shirt. She was reportedly last seen at the remote intersection of Hoopa Road and Benmar Trail in the Yucca Valley, where the terrain and temperatures are unforgiving.
On the day of his disappearance, it would have been around 110 degrees.
“It is very hot during the summer months and even at night,” Rodriguez said.. “So being out there with no water, nothing to come into contact with, that’s going to be a problem.”
In an exclusive interview with NewsNation, the cleaning lady at the Airbnb complex expressed doubts about the existence of a criminal act on the property.
“People come from different countries. People introduce themselves, whoever they are, they get along well, ”said Traci Cloud, who worked as a housekeeper at the compound for almost five years. “Nothing violent? No never. never never.”
Cloud thinks he saw Cho the morning she disappeared before leaving for work.
“Obviously they had started drinking during the day, early in the day or whatever, and she had been drinking too much,” Cloud said. “When she wanted to leave [her then-boyfriend] didn’t let her get in the vehicle and obviously that’s when she got angry.
Cho and her ex-boyfriend were a couple when they traveled across the country earlier this year, targeting the area around Joshua Tree National Park, eager to make a fresh start.
Cho had expressed the dream of operating a food truck.
His early years were largely devoted to vocals and performance.
While attending Westminster Choir College in New Jersey, she became a close friend of Kaitlyn Borden.
“One of our favorite things to do is find little gifts for people,” Borden said. “Silly little things that will make them smile.”
Until the end of June, the two friends kept in touch, sharing memes every day and chatting every week.
Borden had heard all about the Airbnb where Cho was staying in California.
“She asked me to go visit her at this Airbnb complex. And I said I was a little afraid to go to the desert in the middle of summer. I’m very pale, ”Borden said with a laugh.
But the Airbnb complex is known for more than its exposure to the sun.
According to the Airbnb listing, there is an “open” and “liberal” environment in this ever-evolving collection of vintage trailers.
The owner describes it as adults only and clothing optional.
The governess describes the inhabitants as “all musicians or artists, sculptors”.
“They’re all very sweet,” Cloud said. “They are like a different race of people. They really are.
Cho was known to be artistic and to have eclectic tastes.
“Her purse that she carries is like a rubber chicken. It’s like a rubber chicken purse, ”her high school friend Gherardi said. “And that’s what she wore every day.”
The sheriff’s office has its special investigation unit that focuses on Cho’s case.
There have been several aerial and ground searches over the past three months, including at the Airbnb complex.
At this time, there is no evidence of foul play.
Authorities are appealing to people who were in the area at the time of Cho’s disappearance at the end of June.
“You don’t know what you don’t know,” Rodriguez said. “So if you have anything that you think could be of use, we definitely want to hear from you. “
“Go ahead and do whatever it takes,” Gherardi pleaded with anyone who might have any information as to the whereabouts of Cho. “Come over and maybe talk about what they’ve noticed or seen. And let’s see the real story of what happened that day.
The Cho family maintains a public Facebook page, but they don’t do interviews.
When NewsNation contacted Cho’s ex-boyfriend, he responded immediately, “no comment.”
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