Watching The Bachelor is almost always a shocking experience but, for some California residents, a recent episode was truly jaw-dropping. Rebekah Martinez, known on the show as contestant Bekah M, was vying for the heart of The Bachelor like all the other eligible women. But there was something different about Bekah.
The California Department of Justice has had Martinez classified as legally missing since early November.
Readers of the North Coast Journal saw Martinez's photo in an article about the 35 missing persons from Humboldt County. Also included in the article was a man who saw a picture of himself and quickly called the Journal to report himself not missing.
how did this not turn up on ABC's background search???— Alisa Greenstein (@AlisaGreenstein) February 2, 2018
Martinez's mother reported her missing on November 18, 2017, since she had apparently not heard from her since the 12th. This prompted officers to file a missing person's report. Keep in mind, however, that Rebekah's Instagram has been active since shortly after she "went missing," and that her Bachelor profile bears many similarities to the description on file with the California DOJ.
It seems a quick Google search may have been sufficient to track Bekah down?
Or even actually looking for the people on the list at all???!!!— Michelle Moraga (@ChelleMoraga) February 2, 2018
Martinez apparently posted that she was leaving her social media in September, presumably to film The Bachelor. Once the show finished shooting she took a job at a nearby cannabis farm.
A lack of communication may have been the source of her family's confusion.
Did she say she was done with social media in September and then started posting in November? So she was filming during that time I’m assuming? And then she got kicked off and went to the pot farm😂— Lindsey Reilly (@LindseyReilly) February 2, 2018
The North Coast Journal contacted the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, and within minutes a deputy reported:
I just got off the phone with Rebekah. She is in fact the same person. She has been removed from (the Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit).
What the heck........ weirdest story ever. Call your mom Bekah.— Lindsey Reilly (@LindseyReilly) February 2, 2018
In a followup article, the Journal reported:
So it appears Martinez is doing fine, and our Humboldt 35 is down to 33.