Intrigue around The Bachelor, ABC's long-running dating reality show, usually centers on rendered roses and resentful rivals, but one contestant on the current season made headlines this week for different reasons.
Rebekah Martinez, 22, has been seen weekly on television screens since Jan. 1, when the season debuted, and yet had also simultaneously been registered as a missing person in California's Humboldt County. That is until astute viewers and the local newspaper helped set the record straight on Thursday.
On Nov. 18, Martinez's mother called the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office to file a missing person's report, saying she had not heard from her daughter for a week, reports the North Coast Journal.
A sheriff's spokesperson told the newspaper that Martinez told her mother that she was going to Humboldt County to work on a marijuana farm.
After trying to get ahold of Martinez and following up on leads, police asked Martinez's mother on Dec. 12 whether she had made contact with her daughter, reports People magazine. The mother, who has not been identified, said she did in fact hear from her daughter on Nov. 18 after reporting her missing. But Martinez was never removed from the missing persons list. Per procedure, police asked for Martinez to contact the investigator directly, the magazine reports. That didn't happen.