(NEW YORK) -- Remains found in a Southern California desert have been identified as 30-year-old Lauren "El" Cho, a New Jersey woman who was missing for months, authorities said.
Her cause and manner of death are pending toxicology results, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said Thursday.
The remains were recovered on Oct. 9 during a search for Cho "in the rugged terrain of the open desert of Yucca Valley," the sheriff's department said. Cho was reported missing on June 28 "when she reportedly walked away" from the Yucca Valley home where she was staying, the sheriff's department said.
The search for Cho was launched this summer and included planes searching the remote mountain terrain and canines scouring the area for evidence, the sheriff's office said.
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