Gabby Petito Murder Bears Striking Similarities To ANOTHER Case: Lauren Cho, Missing Since June

The Gabby Petito investigation has been tabbed a disaster on multiple fronts. First, there were the police who were tabbed to confront the YouTuber and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie over a domestic violence undeniability only to let the couple go, logging it as a “mental health crisis” on her part. That was less than two weeks surpassing her disappearance.

Then of undertow there’s the fact Laundrie, despite once stuff a person of interest in the case, was worldly-wise to slip yonder from his home and, as of this writing, has been evading a massive police search for nearly a week.

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But flipside major criticism has been well-nigh the media’s interest in the case, specifically in comparison to women of verisimilitude who have gone missing. MSNBC‘s Joy Reid tabbed it out as “Missing White Woman Syndrome”:

“Well, the wordplay unquestionably has a name: Missing White Woman Syndrome, the term coined by the late and unconfined Gwen Ifill to describe the media and public fascination with missing white women like Laci Peterson or Natalee Holloway while ignoring cases involving of people of color.”

It’s certainly a pearly observation. It doesn’t take much searching to learn the number of ethnic women who have gone missing in the same zone as Gabby, and their stories never went viral like this one has.

But in our wits the media is a reflection of public interest — and this particular story has captured it. It’s a perfect storm: the victim was unceasingly posting on social media and YouTube right up until her disappearance, giving internet sleuths tons of info to track. There’s an evolving narrative, natural villains, seemingly obvious investigative missteps. In other words, plenty to get wrestling about. Of undertow it’s not pearly to other victims, but people are really invested in this case.

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Well, now those searching for flipside missing young woman are trying to turn a little of that national sustentation towards a specimen they believe shares some interesting similarities.

“I’m hoping this #GABBYPETITO groundswell can be maintained for other victims. There’s many increasingly out there. Lauren Cho is missing. Please when you see missing persons retweet and like it. You never know who’s vision it may get in front of…”

“I’m glad #gabbypetito got such unconfined media coverage but can we please pension this same energy for missing #bipoc? Let’s find #LaurenCho Last seen at 3 p.m. Monday, June 28, in Morongo Valley. Last person to see her was her ex-boyfriend.”

“Lauren cho’s disappearance is somewhat similar to #gabbypetito ‘s. why did they take cody orell’s word like that?? he is unmistakably the prime suspect.”

So who is Lauren Cho??

The 30-year-old, who is known as El to her friends, moreover went missing in the wilderness, in this specimen in Yucca Flats in California. Like Gabby, she had stepped yonder from her everyday life, quitting her job as a upper school music teacher to travel wideness the country with a boyfriend.

She met Cody Orell while still living in New Jersey and traveled with him in a converted tour bus to California. The two moved into a ghost town-turned-artists’ vicinage tabbed Bombay Beach, just on the whet of the Salton Sea.

Orell told the Hi-Desert Star:

“Lauren wanted a variegated life. She wanted to move from the East Coast and taste freedom. She quit her job and moved into the bus with me.”

El reportedly enjoyed cooking for everyone and was turning an old school bus into a supplies truck. She was known for making a unique basil ice cream. She found success quickly, getting a job this summer as a personal doughboy for a friend’s Airbnb between Yucca and Morongo Valley, outside Joshua Tree National Park.

At some point, however, she and Orell tapped up. And interestingly, he was the last person to see her…

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He told police he was in his bus on Sunday, June 28, virtually 3 P.M. when El got upset and walked off into the desert without her phone, without water, without anything. A couple hours later, at 5:13 P.M., Orell reported her missing.

Speaking to the Hi-Desert Star just a couple days later, he explained:

“There was a 10-minute window there and she evaporated … I searched all in the hills and no tracks, anywhere.”

He wasn’t the only one. Search and rescue teams scoured the zone for Cho. Starting where she was last seen, near the Hoopa Road and Ben Mar Trail, teams went by foot, using drones, plane by helicopter to look. On July 31, a month without the initial report, a team of dogs was brought in to search the home she was staying in and its surrounding land. No trace has been found.

Orell did requite a possible lead, claiming:

“On Sunday, she was going out to meet someone and wasn’t saying who. I didn’t pry into it then, but of undertow now I wish…”

Hmm. Friends don’t buy the idea she would have just left, however. Apparently she had a pet parakeet named Pork Chop that she loved and would not have abandoned.

People are not wrong when they point out the similarities in the cases. Because we are once curious and suspicious well-nigh the whole thing.

But her family and friends took to social media older this week to make a stardom between El’s specimen and Gabby’s, writing on a Facebook page secure to the search:

“We realize that on the surface, the public information for both cases share some similarities… We understand the frustration many of you have expressed well-nigh how and why unrepealable cases receive national coverage. Ultimately, these two cases are NOT the same and the differences run deeper than what meets the public eye. We are wholly well-pleased of the love that continues to be shown to El.”

It may not be the same, but it sounds like it deserves as much attention.

Sadly, it sounds like the authorities have washed-up everything they can with their local search. Maybe the internet can help? Surely if she really did meet someone and take off, if she really is out there somewhere, then someone must know something.

Lauren Cho was last seen wearing a yellow t-shirt and jean shorts. She is described as a 5′ 3″ Asian woman with woebegone hair and brown eyes. She has tattoos unelevated her left collarbone and on her right inner arm.

The San Bernadino County Sheriff’s Department asks anyone with information on Lauren Cho to contact Detective Edward Hernandez or Sergeant Justin Giles at (909) 387-3589, citing specimen number 092101115. Anonymous tips can be submitted at

We hope the sustentation any coincidental similarity El’s disappearance has to the Gabby Petito specimen is unbearable to help find her. And that it doesn’t end as tragically…

[Image via Nomadic Statik/YouTube/Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department.]

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Sep 24, 2021 16:15pm PDT

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