Daniel Lee Cho
Cho, approximately 2004
Date reported missing : 04/14/2004
Missing location (approx) :
San Diego, California
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 08/07/1985 (35)
Age at the time of disappearance: 18 years old
Height / Weight : 5'5, 130 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Brown pants.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Asian male. Black hair, brown eyes. Cho is of Korean descent.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Cho was last seen at La Jolla Shores on the Pacific Ocean in San Diego, California, at 2:30 a.m. on April 14, 2004.
He was wading along the shoreline with two female companions when a riptide caught him and pulled him out into the deep water. His friends tried to rescue him, but they were unable to help. Cho, who cannot swim, is presumed to have drowned.
Cho was a freshman in Sixth College at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) at the time of his disappearance. His body has never been recovered, so he continues to be classified as a missing person.
Other information and links : ncy
San Diego Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
North County Times
The Los Angeles Times
The University of California, San Diego Guardian
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October 12, 2004. August 24, 2010; Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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