Body found in search for missing New Jersey woman in California desert

YUCCA VALLEY, California -- Searchers in Southern California have found a body in the Yucca Valley desert, two months after Lauren Cho disappeared in the area.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department announced Sunday that the human remains were found in rugged terrain in the open desert on Saturday. Now the coroner's office is working to identify the remains and determine a cause of death.

The sheriff's office had searched by air and on foot for Cho, 30, who walked away from a rental house on June 28.

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Investigators have ramped up their search for a missing New Jersey woman who was last seen in the Yucca Valley area of San Bernardino County.



Her case is one of many involving people of color that don't get much public attention. Complaints about a phenomenon known as "missing white woman syndrome" soared during the search for Gabby Petito, a white 22-year-old whose body was found in Wyoming after she vanished during a cross-country trip with her boyfriend that she chronicled on social media.



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