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You know Bekah. She’s the free-spirited 22-year-old pixie who has complete and utter mental control over 36-year-old Arie on this season of The Bachelor. On the surface, we know that she enjoys rock climbing, art, and “binge-watching reality TV and eating bags of popcorn in place of meals,” per her Bachelor profile on ABC.
What we didn’t realize while Arie was busy putting his fingers through her hoop earrings in their one-on-one date was that Bekah has a weird past. Like, really weird. Like, “she was reported as a missing person in California” weird. Something we haven’t really encountered on The Bachelor before considering most sob stories consist of being afraid of go-karts or bowling alleys.
The North Coast Journal did a cover story about how Humboldt County has the highest number of missing persons reports in the state. I’m not familiar Humbolt outside of knowing that there’s a distinct correlation between people who attend Humboldt State University and people who smoke weed. Just sayin’.
But when they wrote this story, the included a graphic that contained driver’s licenses photos of several of the missing persons. Here it is.
See that? That bottom right corner? Bekah, right? 100% Bekah, that girl who straddled Arie in a Lake Tahoe hot tub while he looked at her with stars in his eyes. This obviously prompted Bachelor fans far and wide to say, “Uhhhhh, she’s not missing, she’s gallivanting around the world with a mediocre racecar driver who has the haircut of a 40-year-old Ryan Cabrera.”
I mean, just look at this missing persons report on her.
Same tattoos and everything. Per The North Coast Journal, this has since been remedied due to our gross obsession with this show.
After some googling returned some Instagram images that appeared very similar to Martinez’s photo on the missing persons page, we reached out to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. That prompted an email from Public Information Officer Samantha Karges to the deputy who initially took Martinez’s missing persons report, noting the similarity in images and asking if Martinez was still listed as missing.
Ten minutes later, the deputy emailed Karges back: “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).”
Responding to some follow up questions, Karges told the Journal via email that Martinez was reported missing at 1:06 a.m. on Nov. 18 by her mother. “Martinez had reportedly come to Humboldt County to work on a marijuana farm. Her mother hadn’t heard from her since Nov. 12, 2017,” Karges wrote.
I just have so many questions. How can someone with 151,513 Instagram followers possibly still be “missing” months after she made her debut on national television? Is this our first Bachelor franchise contestant who has a history in legally growing weed? Why is she wearing peacock earrings in her driver’s license photo? Does no one that works for Humboldt County watch The Bachelor?
All those questions aside, it’s the least surprising news ever that she left town with ambitions of growing medicinal marijuana prior to joining Arie’s posse. Those are just the vibes she puts out episode after episode, especially when she has “deep” conversations with Arie’s face two inches away from hers.
I don’t even know what to make of this anymore. The Bachelor nightmare continues. .