Lauren Cho biography: 13 things about Korean woman from New Jersey


Lauren Cho is a Korean-American woman from New Jersey, United States. Her nickname is El.

Cho has black hair and brown eyes. She has several tattoos including a mushroom on her lower leg and ankle, a lamb on her shoulder, No Face on her inner arm above the elbow, and Ten Commandments and Medusa on her thighs. (c)(d)

A chef, a visual artist and a musician, Cho loves singing, cooking and baking. Here are 13 more things about her:

  1. She previously worked as an apprentice at her friend Len Gherardi’s tattoo studio Diamond Heart Studios in Flemington, New Jersey. (a)(b)
  2. She is a classically trained soprano singer. When she was a teenager, she toured with choirs in Europe. (c)
  3. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. (d)
  4. She taught music to high schoolers in Irvington Township, New Jersey and served as a section leader in a church choir in New Jersey. (d)
  5. She met Cody Orell through mutual friends on Memorial Day in New Jersey, dated, broke up and remained friends. (d)
  6. She had a parakeet named Pork Chop in California, USA, according to Orell. (d)
  7. She is 5’3″ tall. (b)(e)
  8. She weighs 110 lbs. (b)
  9. She is a black belt in taekwondo. In 2003, she was teaching taekwondo. (d)
  10. In 2009, she graduated from Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington. (f)
  11. In December 2020, she quit her job as a music educator and left New Jersey for a road trip with Orell. They drove in his tour bus and moved to Bombay Beach, California, USA where they joined a community of artists and other bohemians. She bought an old school bus, which she was converting it into a food truck and used to host dinners, inviting her friends to try her recipes. She and Orell were later invited to stay at an Airbnb resort at a property called The Whole in the Yucca Valley in California with numerous other guests. She started working as a private chef for their friend Tao Ruspoli, a filmmaker and musician who owns The Whole. (a)(b)(c)d)(e)(f)(g)(h)(i)
  12. At around 3:00 p.m. on June 28, 2021, she seemed upset, left the Airbnb home where she was staying and walked into the hills between the Yucca Valley and the Morongo Valley, according to Orell. She was wearing a yellow top and jean shorts that day. Realizing she was missing, he called three friends including R.J. Okay before calling authorities at around 5:00 p.m. She had Doc Marten boots on and was upset when she vanished, according to her friend Jeff Frost. (a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)(h)(j)
  13. She was 30 years old when she went missing on June 28, 2021. On October 28, 2021, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department announced that the human remains found in the rugged terrain of the open desert of Yucca Valley on October 9, 2021 belonged to her. (a)(k)

(This is a developing story. More details are being added.)


Anyone with information about Lauren Cho‘s death is urged to contact Detective Shaunna Ables at (760)366-4175 or send an anonymous tip to the We-Tip hotline at 800-78-CRIME (27463) or

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