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Who was Lauren Cho and what was her cause of death?

AUTHORITIES and family members are continuing the search for Lauren Cho, 30, who mysteriously went missing on June 28.

Cho was reported missing after last being seen in California's Yucca Valley.

Who is Lauren Cho?

Cho, nicknamed 'El', moved to California from New Jersey in the Fall of 2020 to pursue a new life unrelated to her teaching job on the East Coast.

Cho went missing after she left her Airbnb rental in Morongo Valley, California, in June 2021.

According to Cody Orell, her ex-boyfriend and the last person to allegedly have seen her, she wanted to "taste freedom", joining him on his tour bus as he made his way out west. Their journey led them to Bombay Beach, a small town on the coast.

Cho was in the process of renovating an old school bus into a food truck when she went missing.

When and where did she go missing?

On October 10, 2021, Southern California authorities located human remains near where Lauren Cho was reported missing.

According to NBC, identification of the remains could take weeks. No connection has been made to Cho so far.

The location searched includes a property already searched in July.

A statement from the sheriff's department stated: "The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department conducted an additional search and rescue operation in the ongoing search for Lauren Cho. During the search, unidentified human remains were located in the rugged terrain of the open desert of Yucca Valley."

After moving from New Jersey to California, Cho traveled to Yucca Valley where she was staying at at an Airbnb with her friends.

On June 28, 2021, Cho reportedly walked away from her California Airbnb on the Benmar Trail in Yucca Valley around 5pm. The mountainous area surrounded by hiking trails is nearly a 30-minute drive north of Palm Springs.

Mara Rodriguez, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson, told Inside Edition that Cho walked out of the the rental she was staying in with a group of friends after she reportedly became "upset" over an unspecified issue.

According to sheriff's reports, Orell placed the call that she went missing at 5.13pm that day indicating that she might have been in "mental distress."

Where was Lauren Cho found?

Cho's sister wrote on the Find Lauren Cho Facebook page, "Someone knows something. Maybe someone has seen something, and these pictures will jog their memory."

There are seemingly no traces of Cho in or around the valley she was last seen in, leaving authorities to believe she might have hitch-hiked or caught a ride with someone in the area.

Search and rescue teams led by including drones, helicopters, dogs, and people on foot have been actively searching the surrounding areas of Benmar trail for any sign of Cho.

The Morongo Basin Sheriff's Office and the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Specialized Investigations Division are leading this ongoing investigation. Reports show the police have access to Cho's phone, computer, and car.

On Thursday October the 28th , Human remains found in the Yucca Valley dessert earlier this month were identified as the 30 year old Lauren Cho.

What was Lauren Cho's cause of death?

No cause of death has been determined for Lauren Cho.

The Coroner Division of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is waiting toxicology results in order to determine a cause of death.

In an statement statement made to ABC7 news said,

"The cause and manner of death is pending toxicology results."

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