UPDATE: Naturally, Bekah Martinez had the best response to all of this. “MOM,” she wrote on Twitter. “How many times do I have to tell you I don’t get cell service on The Bachelor??” Dying.
MOM. how many times do I have to tell you I don’t get cell service on The Bachelor?? https://t.co/iYnxQCIZBt
— bekah martinez ♡ (@whats_ur_sign_) February 2, 2018
Original Post: This week, the North Coast Journal published a cover story about the Humboldt 35, a list of 35 people listed as missing in Humboldt County, California, as of January 18. “They have been missing since 1977, or just since last November,” wrote North Coast Journal reporter Linda Stansberry. “They range in age from 1 to 94. They are men and women, and two very small girls. The sheriff’s office will not call any of them ‘cold cases’ but many of their names and faces have long since slipped from public recognition.” Posting the story on Facebook, the Journal asked its followers whether they recognized any of the Humboldt 35. They did—in fact, they’d just seen one of them on season 22 of The Bachelor.
On The Bachelor, this not-so-missing person is known as Bekah M., the 22-year-old nanny with the cool pixie cut and funny Twitter from Fresno, California, who’s currently competing for the love of Arie Luyendyk Jr. Amongst the Humboldt 35, however, she’s Rebekah Helena Martinez, who was last seen November 12, 2017, and is identifiable by “tattoos on her ankle of a Scrabble tile and an ankh.” (On the Bachelor website, Bekah lists “two small ones on my inner ankles” under tattoos.)
So how did Bekah, who is clearly not missing every Monday night at 8 P.M. ET, end up on the missing persons list on the California Department of Justice’s website? It’s not quite clear, but the Journal did confirm that Bekah’s mom was the one who reported her as missing on November 18. She had reportedly come to Humboldt County to work on a farm, but her mom hadn’t heard from her since November 12. As the Journal notes, however, Bekah has been active on her Instagram while she was “missing,” though she wrote, “HI ALL i’m giving up my phone and social media for the next several weeks, so if you need to contact me, welll… tough luck!” on September 17—perhaps around the time she went off to film The Bachelor?
Thankfully, Bekah has been found safe and sound and is no longer listed as a missing person. “I just got off the phone with Rebekah,” a deputy from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office told the Journal. “She is in fact the same person.”
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