Cody Orell Biography, Nationality, Family, Girlfriend and The Story of Her Missing

Cody Orell is the boyfriend of Lauren Cho who went missing in SoCal’s Yucca Valley in June when she likely walked far away from a short-term rental she was using during travels with friends and an ex-boyfriend, authorities said.

Profile Summary

Full Name Cody Orell
Gender Male
Nationality of Ex-girlfriend Asian
Girlfriend Lauren Cho
Famous as Ex-boyfriend of Lauren Cho
Cody Orell’s Girlfriend Got Missing on June 28, 2021

 Who is Cody Orell?

Cody Orell is the man who had reported his former girlfriend and current travel partner missing – Lauren Cho. Lauren (referred to as El by her loved ones). Orell was the last known person to see Lauren near the Hoopa Road and Ben Mar Trail around 3 p.m., when Orell says he stepped onto the bus and Lauren walked towards the hills between Yucca Valley and Morongo Valley.


Cody had met Lauren through mutual friends at a get-together on Memorial Day and became close right away.

Who is Cody Orell’s Girlfriend, Lauren Cho?

Lauren Cho is an Asian female who is 5’4″ and 110 pounds; she has black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen Monday, June 28, 2021, in the Yucca Valley / Morongo Valley area. Lauren was last seen wearing jean shorts & a yellow top.

Lauren Cho is the ex-girlfriend of Cody Orell. She is also a chef from New Jersey who was known to friends as “El,”. Cho was last seen alive on June 28 after setting out on a solo walk from an Airbnb rental where she was staying with friends.

What is Cody Orell’s Ex-girlfriend’s Story?

Cho’s former boyfriend, Cody Orell whom she was staying with when she disappeared, spoke out about the mystery of her disappearance.

“There was a 10-minute window there and she evaporated,” Cody Orell told the Hi-Desert Star.

Orell said when Cho set out for her solo walk at about 3pm on June 28, he hung back in a converted tour bus. But when Cho didn’t return and left behind her phone, water and food – he started to look for her.

“I searched all in the hills and no tracks, anywhere,” Orell said.

According to the sheriff’s report, Orell rang various friends before he called authorities at 5.13pm after last seeing Cho vanish from the Ben Mar Trail. As they looked for Cho, they couldn’t find any trace.

“They found all of my tracks and my friends’ tracks, but none of hers,” Orell told the publication.

Cho, who was known to her friends as “El” and is an artist, a black belt and a chef, reportedly walked into the hills between Yucca Valley and Morongo Valley.

Friends said she was “upset” and potentially “suffering from mental distress” when she went into the desert alone. Authorities have spent months tirelessly trying to find Cho, a New Jersey transplant who recently relocated to sunnier pastures.

The woman who is known to be a talented soprano singer, fled the East Coast to join Orell in a converted tour bus, winding up in a ghost town turned artist’s commune called Bombay Beach on the edge of California’s inland Salton Sea, the Independent reported. Back in July, the authorities sent flights up above as well as dispatched K-9 units to retrieve her back to safety.

“On July 24, 2021, Sheriff’s Department fixed wing aircraft conducted aerial searches of the remote mountain terrain near the scene,” the SBSD reported.

A week later, “seven canines searched the last known location where Cho was seen and surrounding unincorporated areas for evidence.” Search and rescue teams have also relied on drones, helicopters and search parties on foot to search the surrounding areas for any sign of Cho.

Reports show the police have access to Cho’s phone, computer, and car.

Little information is available surrounding Cho’s case.  A Facebook group was launched giving people a forum to share any tips or sightings. It reflects on how special Cho is to so many.

According to one post: “El is many things… a talented musician, an incredible baker, a hilarious and loyal friend, a strangely intuitive gift giver, and probably the coolest sister one could hope for…

“But this is where El really shines: as an aunt.”

Cho’s parents apparently have maintained touch with both Korean news outlets and churches along the West Coast in an effort to grow the search. It’s unknown if the authorities suspect any foul play in Cho’s disappearance.


But a Facebook page post acknowledge the haunting comparisons with Gabby Petito’s initial missing case – that has now tragically become a murder mystery. It reads: “We realize that on the surface, the public information for both cases share some similarities. We understand the frustration many of you have expressed about how and why certain cases receive national coverage.

“Ultimately, these two cases are not the same and the differences run deeper than what meets the public eye. We empathize deeply with Gabby’s family and hope that both our cases bring forth positive resolution.”


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