For the past month, viewers have tuned into ABC to see if Bekah Martinez can win Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s heart on the 22nd season of The Bachelor. But that doesn’t include her loved ones. Martinez’s name was on a missing persons list after her mother reported her missing at 1:06 a.m. on November 18, according to the North Coast Journal.
This week, the California publication posted an investigative piece about Humbold, California’s high rate of missing persons. When the North Coast Journal posted an image of the people on the list onto Facebook, it asked its readers if they knew about their whereabouts. Many recognized Martinez, and the outlet attempted to confirm it was indeed her before reaching out to Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. Eventually, the deputy who initially took Martinez’s missing persons report confirmed that the person on the list was indeed the same woman competing on The Bachelor. “I just got off the phone with Rebekah,” the officer wrote in an email to Public Information Officer Samantha Karges. “She is in fact the same person. She has been removed from (the Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit).”
As the North Coast Journal notes, the part Mexican contestant has updated her social media pages since her mom reported her missing. After the story went viral, Bekah weighed in on Twitter with some jokes.