Explorers in Southern California Two months after Lauren Cho went missing in the field, a body is found in the Yucca Valley desert.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department announced Sunday That human remains were found on Saturday in a rugged area in the open desert. Now the coroner’s office is working to identify the remains and determine the cause of death.
Cho, a 30-year-old New Jersey resident known as “L,” has been missing since June 28 at around 5:10 p.m. “when she reportedly moved away from the residence where she was staying at 8600″. block of the Benmar Trail in Yucca Valley, according to the Sheriff’s Department”.
The Specialized Investigation Division was brought in To assist Morongo Basin Station in its search for Cho. These include Homicide Details, Crimes Against Children Details and Polygraph Details, which investigate major crimes including murder and suspicious deaths.
On 24 July, the Sheriff’s Department conducted an aerial search of remote mountainous terrain near the Benmar Trail using fixed-wing aircraft. On July 31, detectives along with Morongo Basin Station and Search and Rescue members executed a search warrant in the 8600 block of the Benmar Trail, and seven dogs searched the final location and surrounding area for evidence.
his case is one of many involved people of color who don’t get much public attention. Complaints about a phenomenon known as “missing white woman syndrome” increased during the search. Gabby Petito, a white 22-year-old whose body was found in Wyoming after she went missing during a cross-country trip with her boyfriend, which she chronicled on social media.
The sheriff’s office said the identification process could take several weeks and that no further information would be released until those results were confirmed.
Past reporting by Desert Sun reporter Erin Rode is included in this report.