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California desert remains identified as New Jersey woman

Lauren Cho
Posted at 9:40 AM, Oct 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-28 12:40:30-04

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Human remains found in the Southern California desert this month have been identified as those of a New Jersey woman who went missing early last summer.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department says the coroner’s office positively identified the remains to be 30-year-old Lauren Cho.

The department says the cause and manner of death is pending toxicology results.

The remains were found Oct. 9 in rugged, open desert in Yucca Valley, about 100 miles east of Los Angeles.

Cho had been missing since June 28, when she reportedly walked away from a residence in the area where she was staying.