If you watch “The Bachelor,” you know Rebekah Martinez. She’s the free spirit with the pixie cut who established great chemistry with the former race car driver looking for true love.
Martinez did something else notable.
She has so far managed to appear on five of this season’s episodes of the long-running, wildly popular TV show while simultaneously occupying a spot on the missing persons list in Humboldt County, California.
It’s unclear how this happened, but it’s known that “Bachelor” contestants can only say so much about their involvement in the show.
Bad communications helped, too. CNN has not been able to reach Martinez for comment.
The official story: Martinez’s mother said her daughter called November 12, using a friend’s cell phone, and said “she was going to work on a marijuana farm and would see her in seven to eight days,” says a news release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.
Martinez’s mother filed the missing person report November 18, and deputies tried unsuccessfully to reach her, the release said. The case was turned over to the criminal investigations division.
In mid-December, a deputy asked the mother if she’d heard from her daughter, the news release said, and the mother said yes, that Martinez had called her November 18 — the day the missing person report was filed — and was heading home. But the deputy was unable to make direct contact with the Martinez, so she remained listed as “missing.”
During part of the time she was officially missing, Martinez was working on “The Bachelor.” ABC’s romance reality TV show, now in its 22nd season, was filmed in September, October and November of 2017, ABC spokeswoman Courtney Kugel said.
SOURCE: Ralph Ellis and Sonya Hamasaki