A news outlet’s investigation into missing persons in Humboldt County, California turned up a surprising find: one of them is currently appearing on “The Bachelor.”
Everyone who watches The Bachelor knows Bekah Martinez.
Since then, the nation has come to know everything about her, including her age (22, which is a Big Deal this season), her hobbies and her fiery attitude.
But, despite her face airing on national television every Monday night, for a couple months, she was listed as a missing person.
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According to The North Coast Journal, Martnez’s face was among 35 faces listed earlier this week as missing in Humboldt County, California. When the publication asked its readers if they knew any of the faces, the reality star’s was instantly recognizable.
The publication later confirmed with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office that, yes, it was indeed Martinez’s face among the list of missing persons, and that it was since removed.
So, why was not-so-missing Martinez’s face on there in the first place?
According to sheriff’s office spokesperson Samantha Karges, Martinez was reported missing on Nov. 18 at just after 1 a.m. by her mother.
“Martinez had reportedly come to Humboldt County to work on a marijuana farm. Her mother hadn’t heard from her since Nov. 12, 2017,” Karges told The North Coast Journal.
Martinez, however, had been active on Instagram during the time she was reported missing. She told her followers on Sept. 17 that she was “giving up” her phone and social media for several weeks, possibly because the show’s contestants are cut off from their phones, as well as television and the internet during filming.
She then began posting again on Nov. 22, some 10 days after her mother said she hadn’t heard from her and four days after she was officially reported missing.
Aside from her active social media presence, it’s safe to say that this season’s fan favorite is alive and thriving — if her show experience thus far is any indication.
The Bachelor airs every Monday at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.
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