Anyone who's been watching this season of 'The Bachelor' knows who Bekah Martinez is. At the age of 22, she's the youngest contestant vying for bachelor Arie's heart. She's mostly known for her sassy reactions and the fact that she's a whopping 14 years younger than the object of her game show's affection. Still, Bekah is a fan favorite, so it surprised viewers to learn that Bekah had been listed as missing since November...
The discovery of Bekah's missing status came after the North Coast Journal published a story titled, "The Humboldt 35: Why does Humboldt County have the highest rate of missing personsreports in the state?" The story included a slideshow of 35 people who had gone missing and among those 35 people was a familiar face: Bekah Martinez. On November 18, 2017, Bekah's mother contacted the Humboldt County sheriff's department to report that she hadn't spoken with her daughter since November 12th. Officials listed her as missing, per her mother's request. Bekah had gone to work on a marijuana farm, according to her mother, and would be back after seven or eight days. Officials with the department said in a statement that they followed "all leads" and proper "procedures" to find Bekah, including trying several times to contact her themselves as well as other people she might have known, but they were unsuccessful.
There's obviously a happy ending here. Bekah's mom told officials that she'd finally gotten in contact with her daughter on December 12th, but since they were still unable to contact Bekah themselves, they decided not to remove Bekah's "missing" status. Eventually, Bekah's mom put her in contact with the officials searching for her, but not before the story of Bekah's "disappearance" went viral. Even Bekah herself found the whole thing funny, tweeting out jokes to her mom and making fun of her driver's license photo.
Let this be a lesson to everyone: always call your mom back, or she will report you as missing to the sheriff. It's good to know that even Bachelor contestants' moms make them check in every once in a while. It must be fairly embarrassing that this all played out in such a public way, but Bekah definitely responded as well as one could expect anyone to under the circumstances. Even if she doesn't win Arie's heart, she's definitely won ours.
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