Yucca Valley human remains positively identified as missing NJ woman – NBC New York

What there is to know

  • Lauren Cho, 30, from New Jersey, went missing on June 28 after moving away from the Airbnb where she was staying with friends on a trip to California and through the rugged terrain of the open desert
  • Human remains were recovered on October 8 in the Yucca Valley desert; the coroner confirmed Thursday that it was indeed Cho’s. The cause and mode of death are pending toxicological results
  • Her family have been asking for help in locating her for months, although the case has garnered more national attention in recent weeks after Gabby Petito’s disappearance fueled interest online in the missing people.

Human remains found in Southern California’s Yucca Valley desert earlier this month are confirmed to be those of Lauren Cho, the 30-year-old New Jersey woman who went missing in late June after walking away from the Airbnb where she had stayed during her trip, the county coroner’s office confirmed on Thursday.

The cause and mode of death of Cho, whose remains were found Oct. 8 in the rugged terrain of the open desert, are pending toxicology results, the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Division said, announcing the identification. positive.

Officials said no further information will be released until these results are available. It is not yet clear when that might be.

Cho disappeared almost exactly four months ago, on June 28 around 5 p.m., when she left her Airbnb on a remote mountainous trail in the Yucca Valley. She was traveling with her friends and her ex-boyfriend, and they told police that the last time they saw her, she headed into the desert with no food, 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 had never stopped, but the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigations Division got involved last month after local police “exhausted his investigation “.

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 – and her family has been asking for help on Facebook ever since. found out she was gone.

Since early July, the family has been running a page titled “Missing Person: Lauren ‘El’ Cho” to raise awareness while awaiting updates from authorities. “Where is my sister ?!” a brother posted on Facebook in August. The most recent message is 11 days old.

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