A FRIEND of the 30-year-old woman who went missing over the summer said she “evaporated” within 10 minutes when she ventured out into the desert.
“There was a 10-minute window there and she evaporated,” her friend Cody Orell said of Lauren Cho, days after she was last seen alive in California’s Yucca Valley on June 28 after taking a solo walk.
Lauren Cho days was last seen alive in on the afternoon of June 28 where a friend said she “evaporated in 10 minutes”
She left behind her phone, wallet and didn’t bring food or water when she disappeared on the Ben Mar Trail in California’s Yucca ValleyCredit: Getty – Contributor
Cho, who was known to her friends as “El” and is an artist, a black belt, a soprano singer and a chefCredit: Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department
WITHOUT FOOD, PHONE OR WATER
According to Orell, he hung back in a converted tour bus at around 3pm that day but when Cho didn’t return and left behind her phone, water and food – he started to look for her.
“I searched all in the hills and no tracks, anywhere,” Orell he told the Hi-Desert Star.
WHERE ARE CHO’S TRACKS?
The sheriff’s report Orell rang various friends before he called authorities at 5:13p.m. after last seeing Cho vanish from the Ben Mar Trail.
As they looked for Cho, they couldn’t find any trace.
“They found all of my tracks and my friends’ tracks, but none of hers,” Orell told the publication.
Cho, who was known to her friends as “El” and is an artist, a black belt and a chef, reportedly walked into the hills between Yucca Valley and Morongo Valley.
DRONES AND DOGS
Authorities are tirelessly trying to find Cho, a New Jersey transplant who recently relocated to sunnier pastures.
The woman who is known to be a talented soprano singer, fled the east coast to join Orell in a converted tour bus, winding up in a ghost town turned artist’s commune called Bombay Beach on the edge of California’s inland Salton Sea, the Independent reported.
Back in July, the authorities sent flights up above as well as dispatched K-9 units to retrieve her back to safety.
“On July 24, 2021, Sheriff’s Department fixed wing aircraft conducted aerial searches of the remote mountain terrain near the scene,” the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department reported.
A week later, “seven canines searched the last known location where Cho was seen and surrounding unincorporated areas for evidence.”
Search and rescue teams have also relied on drones, helicopters and search parties on foot to search the surrounding areas for any sign of Cho.
Reports show the police have access to Cho’s phone, computer, and car.
Little information is available surrounding the case of Lauren Cho.
A Facebook group was launched giving people a forum to share any tips or sightings.
It reflects on how special Cho is to so many.
According to one post: “El is many things… a talented musician, an incredible baker, a hilarious and loyal friend, a strangely intuitive gift giver, and probably the coolest sister one could hope for…
“But this is where El really shines: as an aunt.”
Cho’s parents apparently have maintained touch with both Korean news outlets and churches along the West Coast in an effort to grow the search.
It’s unknown if the authorities suspect any foul play in Cho’s disappearance.
But a Facebook page post acknowledge the haunting comparisons with Gabby Petito’s initial missing case – that has now tragically become a murder mystery.
It reads: “We realize that on the surface, the public information for both cases share some similarities. We understand the frustration many of you have expressed about how and why certain cases receive national coverage.
“Ultimately, these two cases are not the same and the differences run deeper than what meets the public eye. We empathize deeply with Gabby’s family and hope that both our cases bring forth positive resolution.”
It’s unknown if the authorities suspect any foul play in Cho’s disappearanceCredit: Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department
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