New Jersey resident, Lauren Cho, Missing Since June


Daniel Tran, Staff Writer

Lauren Cho, a 30-year-old New Jersey native resident moved from California late last year; her hopes and dreams came to a halt with her disappearance.

Cho, also known as “El,” has been missing since June 28 at around 5 p.m. to 5:10 p.m., when she walked away from the residence. She was staying in the 8600 block of Benmar Trail in Yucca Valley. Cho had quit her job as a music teacher in New Jersey and moved to California. At the time of her disappearance, she was working as a private chef for Airbnb in Yucca Valley where she was excited about the chance to work as a pastry chef evident from her Instagram filled with her delicious creations.

She was staying at the Airbnb home before she became visibly upset and left the home. Oddly enough, she left personal belongings including her cell phone and a pet parakeet, who she disliked being away from. Three hours after her disappearance her ex-boyfriend reported her missing. She was last seen wearing jean shorts and a yellow t-shirt. She is 5’3 and weighs 110 pounds. Jeff frost, a friend of Cho, stated how, “We have gone thousands of miles and tirelessly went to gas stations and pasted up flyers in the low desert, the high desert. We went out to San Diego because she said in the week before she disappeared that she just wanted to go to the beach.”

It was also speculated that she was suffering from mental distress as her ex-boyfriend indicated.

“On Sunday she was going out to meet someone and wasn’t saying who. I didn’t pry into it then, but, of course, now I wish…,” Orell stated before he trailed off.

Search efforts were conducted after her disappearance when the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant on July 31 in the 8600 block Benmar trail of Yucca Valley. This included seven search k-9s and an aerial search of the remote mountain terrains.

Most recently authorities in Southern California found “unidentified human remains” one Saturday in their search for Lauren Cho. The remains were spotted in the rugged terrains in the open desert of Yucca Valley. Although It could be weeks before they can accurately determine the identity and cause of death according to SBSD, her family already fears the inevitable heartbreak of what the results could be.