Here's what we know about a N.J. woman who went missing in 'the California desert' in January
Lauren Cho, a native of New Jersey, disappeared in the desert two months after her body was found in southeastern California. Her family is now waiting to find out if the remains are hers.
Heres what we know about Cho and her disappearance.
Chos New Jersey roots are rooted in New York City.
Despite her background in Hunterdon County, Cho graduated from Hunterd Central Regional High School in 2009, according to a source close to her.
She then went on to attend Westminster Choir College and was employed as a music educator for . She also worked at a piercing and tattoo business in Flemington.
According to a report by The Guardian, Cho, known to her friends as El, had quit her teaching job to move to California after arranging statewide road trips with her then boyfriend, Cody Orell, in late 2020.
The disappearance of the disappearing of people has been a constant since.
She was staying at a friends house, where she was working as shopper for an Airbnb, according to the Guardian, when she disappeared on June 28.
Cho left the house where she was staying in Yucca Valley, near Joshua Tree national park and Palm Springs, on foot, and was wearing a yellow T-shirt and denim shorts at the time, investigators said.
According to the Guardian, Orell, who was also staying at the property, indicated she was suffering from mental distress.
She left behind her cellphone, personal belongings, and a pet parakeet, according to the Hi-Desert Star.
There was a 10-minute window there and she evaporated, Orell told the newspaper in July.
He stated that he and friends searched the desert and hills before calling local police that afternoon.
The search result is not available. The goal of this page is to make a list of all the possible searches for this term.
According to a statement from the San Bernadino County Sheriffs Department, detectives assigned to the Morongo Basin Station and Search and Rescue members executed statewide search warrant in the 8600 block of Benmar Trail in Yucca Valley on Saturday, July 31 at 6 p.m. Cho is being sought in connection with the search for him.
During the search warrant service, seven police dogs searched the last known location where Cho was seen and the surrounding unincorporated areas for evidence, according to the department.
On July 24, the department's fixed wing aircraft conducted aerial searches of the remote mountain terrain near the scene, according to authorities.
Jeff Frost, a friend of Chos who spoke to CNN about the search, said he and other friends aided in the effort in any way they could.
We've traveled thousands of miles and worked tirelessly at gas stations and put up flyers in the low desert, the high desert, Frost said. She said in the week before she disappeared that she just wanted to go to the beach. We went to San Diego because she said she wanted nothing more than to be at the ocean.
The discovery of the forensics of this case was a key point in the discovery process.
On Saturday, the sheriffs department conducted another search of the Yucca Valley desert, and found unidentified human remains in an area of rugged terrain.
The remains were taken to the San Bernardino County Coroners Division, which will work to identify the remains and determine a cause of death, the department said.
The remains have yet to be identified. Authorities say the identification process could take several weeks.
Chos sister told CNN that the family is just holding our collective breaths when she heard the news. We so desperately desire answers, but we already feel the terror of what the answer might be.
This article includes material from the Associated Press.
Thank you for relying on us to provide you with the information you can entrust. Please consider supporting NJ.com by making a voluntary contribution.
Chris Sheldon can be reached at email@example.com.