Authorities believe the remains discovered in a Southern California desert this weekend belongs to Lauren “El” Cho, 30, who has been missing for months.
The bones were discovered during a search for Cho on Saturday, Oct. 9, “in the rugged terrain of the open desert of Yucca Valley,” according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, ABC News reported.
The body has yet to be identified, and no cause of death has been disclosed. The identification process, according to the sheriff’s office, might take many weeks.
According to the sheriff’s department, Cho, a New Jersey resident, was reported missing on June 28 after reportedly walking away from the Yucca Valley residence where she was living.
She was last spotted with jean shorts and a yellow T-shirt, according to NBC Los Angeles.
Cho is from New Jersey, but she went missing while on vacation in California.
According to the sheriff’s office, the search for Cho began this summer, with planes probing the isolated alpine environment for evidence and hounds scouring the region for clues.
Cho’s family describes her as “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.”
“We need her home,” the family wrote last month.