The 30-year-old Flemington woman traveled cross-country with her boyfriend before disappearing. She was last seen in Yucca Valley, which is about 12 miles from Joshua Tree National Park.READ MORE: New York City Couple Recounts Pleasant Interaction With Missing Flemington, N.J. Woman Lauren Cho In California
Police said the remains were found earlier this month in a remote area where Cho was last seen. Her cause and manner of death are pending toxicology results.READ MORE: Search Intensifying For Missing New Jersey Native Lauren Cho, Last Seen In Southern California
CBS2’s Cory James spoke with a couple from New York City who remembered meeting Cho at an Airbnb resort in southern California, described as a compound for aspiring artists. A month after the couple returned home, they learned Cho was reported missing.
#BREAKING: @sbcountysheriff confirms human remains found are missing NJ woman Lauren “El” Cho. Officials say cause and manner of death is pending toxicology results. @CBSNewYork @CBSLA @cbslocal https://t.co/GMTCT8zcmf pic.twitter.com/Foxw8gmzRI
— Cory James (@CoryJamesTV) October 28, 2021
Authorities said her then-ex-boyfriend told investigators she walked away from the compound around 5 p.m. on June 28, leaving behind personal belongings and “suffering from mental distress.”
Thirty-three days later, investigators served a search warrant at the resort, but it’s unclear what evidence, if any, was found.