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Remains in California desert identified as missing NJ woman Lauren Cho

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  • Remains recovered earlier this month in the California desert have been positively identified as 30-year-old missing New Jersey woman Lauren Cho.
  • Cho was reported missing on June 28, after she reportedly left the Yucca Valley residence she was staying at with friends without food, water, or her cellphone, and never returned.
  • Investigators have not indicated whether or not foul play is suspected in Cho’s case, and her cause and manner of death are pending.

Remains recovered earlier this month in the California desert have been positively identified as 30-year-old missing New Jersey woman Lauren Cho.

“On Saturday, October 9, 2021, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department conducted an additional search and rescue operation in the ongoing search for Lauren Cho, who was reported missing on June 28, 2021,” the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement, adding in an update, “The San Bernardino County Coroner’s Division has positively identified the human remains to be Lauren Cho, 30-year-old resident of New Jersey.”

Cho was reported missing on June 28, after she reportedly left the Yucca Valley residence she was staying at with friends without food, water, or her cellphone, and never returned.


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Investigators have not indicated whether or not foul play is suspected in Cho’s case, and her cause and manner of death are pending.

“The cause and manner of death is pending toxicology results. No further information will be released on this case until such time toxicology results are available and new information is discovered as a result.”

Cho’s family and friend’s have run a Facebook page since her disappearance providing updates and asking for information.

“My family extends their thanks to all those who have waited with us, stood with us, cried with us, and hoped with us these past several months,” a Facebook post read following confirmation of Cho’s death. “The depths of our collective sorrow feels endless as grief demands space for its accompanying emptiness. I ask that you kindly respect the grieving process of the family and close friends who have known and loved El for years.”


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