Remains found on October 9 in a Southern California desert have been identified as missing New Jersey woman Lauren Cho. The human remains were found in the rugged, open desert terrain near her last known location, about 30 miles north of Palm Springs.
Cho was first reported missing at around 5 p.m. on June 28, after friends and others staying at the compound said she departed in a state of agitation with no food, water or phone.
The positive identification brought a tragic end to the search for Cho, a Korean American whose case gained renewed interest during the recent debate over racial disparities in news media coverage about missing persons.
“The cause and manner of death is pending toxicology results,” according to a statement from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office. “No further information will be released on this case until such time toxicology results are available and new information is discovered as a result.”