NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A woman in New Jersey has been missing for 99 days.
Lauren Cho suddenly disappeared after a cross-country trip to California with her boyfriend to chase her dreams of becoming a chef.
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CBS2’s Cory James has been following this story and spoke on Tuesday with a local couple who said they met the missing woman days before she disappeared.
The couple in New York City he spoke to did not want to reveal their identities, but told him they met Cho at an Airbnb resort in Southern California. They described it as a composition for aspiring artists and a place where their loved ones said Cho lived.
Cho, whom their loved ones call “El,” has an angelic presence that even strangers as a woman from Brooklyn witnessed.
“She smiled pretty much the whole time we were talking,” the woman said.
The New York City resident said it was the last face-to-face interaction she had with the missing woman in Flemington, New Jersey.
That was when Cho brought a honeymoon meal to the new bride and her husband on a Yucca Valley Airbnb back in May – a $ 206 dinner that the host of the couple suggested the new couple get.
“Everything was vegetarian. It was all super fresh, ”said the woman. “I remember we ate every bite. She seemed to be in a good mood. ”
It was another meeting for the newlyweds who told CBS2 that they met Cho, 30, the day before at the pool with his girlfriend.
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“I could feel that El felt a little uncomfortable,” said the woman’s husband.
“I feel like he ignored her a little, more to socialize with others,” the woman said. “He said, ‘This is my partner, El,'”
One month after the couple returned home, they learned the woman they thanked for cooking them, their private meal was reported missing.
Authorities say Chos’ then ex-boyfriend told them she walked away from the building around 6 p.m. 17 on June 28, leaving personal belongings after “suffering from mental distress.”
Thirty-three days later, investigators announced a search warrant at the resort, but it is unclear if any evidence has been found.
“When you look at the map, it looks pretty deserted, but there are a good amount of houses and what’s not there,” the woman said.
“There is something that has not been said that should be [dug up], ”Added the man.
It has made many wonder what happened, and Cho’s family and close friends were hoping to hear her voice again.
The Brooklyn couple CBS2, who was interviewed Thursday, said a person from the Sheriff’s office in San Bernardino County contacted them Monday night. Right now, investigators told CBS2 that they do not suspect misconduct.
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However, they are still waiting for potential leads in the case.