A human skull and a leg bone pulled from the eastern edge of a dense forest in northern California more than two weeks ago are those of missing New Jersey resident Lauren Cho, police said Thursday.
Chapman police called Cho’s mother Wednesday evening, saying police had “probable cause to believe that the human remains were those of Ms. Cho.”
The remains were taken to the medical examiner’s office in Sacramento, California, for further examination, Chapman police Capt. Michael Summers said.
The remains were discovered on June 8 near Morro Bay, California, just off Highway 1 near the Oregon border, and law enforcement officers from several agencies worked over the weekend to recover the remains, Summers said.
The Morro Bay Post, a local newspaper, first reported that “tests showed the skull was most likely belonging to missing 27-year-old Lauren Cho, a resident of Union City, New Jersey.”
Chapman police said at the time that Cho’s family reported her missing to them on May 10, about two weeks after the woman’s car was found with a flat tire and a broken taillight on Golden Gate Avenue, about 7 miles from the home where she lived with her parents.
Officers found Cho’s car along with her purse, backpack and cell phone, which also had been placed in the trunk. She had last been seen wearing a black tank top and black leggings.
Chapman police said she called her parents to say she was on her way to work, but did not return home for a couple of days.
Her car was found in Northern California three weeks later and she was declared legally dead the next day, police said. The last activity logged on her cellphone was approximately 20 minutes before the discovery of her car in northern California.
According to Cho’s last publicly-known address, she lived in Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey.