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SBSD - Morongo Basin Sheriff's Department
Tuesday September 21st, 2021 :: 04:20 p.m. PDT


MISSING: Investigators from the Specialized Investigations Division are assisting in the effort to locate Lauren Cho

DATE/TIME: July 31, 2021/ 6:00 a.m.

INCIDENT: Missing Person/ Search warrant service/ Case update

LOCATION: 8600 block of Benmar Trail, Yucca Valley

MISSING PERSON: Lauren Cho, 30-year-old female, resident of New Jersey 

UPDATE: September 21, 2021
Investigators with San Bernardino County Sheriff’s, Specialized Investigations Division are assisting the Morongo Basin Station in the effort to locate Lauren Cho. Investigators are investigating all leads and working with family and friends of Ms. Cho. Future search operations will occur as further leads develop. 
Anyone with information regarding the search for Ms. Cho is urged to contact Detective Edward Hernandez or Sergeant Justin Giles, Specialized Investigations Division, at (909) 387-3589. You may remain anonymous by contacting the We-Tip hotline at 800-78-CRIME (27463) or
SUMMARY: On Saturday, July 31, 2021, at 6:00 a.m., detectives assigned to the Morongo Basin Station and Search and Rescue members executed a search warrant in the 8600 block of Benmar Trail in Yucca Valley. During the search warrant service seven canines searched the last known location where Cho was seen and surrounding unincorporated areas for evidence. On July 24, 2021, Sheriff's Department fixed wing aircraft conducted aerial searches of the remote mountain terrain near the scene. Ongoing search efforts continue with future operations planned as further leads are developed in the investigation.

Cho has been missing since June 28, 2021, at approximately 5:10 p.m., when she reportedly walked away from the residence where she was staying in the 8600 block of Benmar Trail. Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact Detective Shaunna Ables at the Morongo Basin Station at (760)366-4175. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

Refer: Shaunna Ables, Detective 

Station: Morongo Basin Station

Phone No. (760)366-4175  

Case No. 092101115   H#2021-114

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Morongo Basin Sheriff's Department
63665 Twentynine Palms Highway
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Emergency: 9-1-1

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