"Missing" California woman found looking for love on 'The Bachelor'

Photo courtesy of the California Department of Justice

HUMBOLT COUNTY, Calif. (KRCR) - A woman reported missing in Humboldt County on Nov. 18, 2017 has been determined to not actually be missing after she was recognized by a Humboldt County resident as being a contestant on the ABC show, The Bachelor.

On Nov. 18, 2017, around 1:06 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office received a missing persons report for Rebekah Martinez, 22, of Fresno. The reporting party, Martinez's mother, said she had last spoken with her daughter on Nov. 12, 2017, at about 11 a.m., through a friends cell phone. Martinez reportedly told her mother that she was going to work on a marijuana farm and would see her in seven to eight days.

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office said they attempted to contact Martinez and other people associated with her but received no response. Officials said the deputy followed procedure, following up on all leads and forwarding the case to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division.

On Dec. 12, 2017, a deputy with the Sheriff's Office contacted Martinez's mother by email to see whether or not she had heard from Martinez. Martinez's mother responded to the email confirming that Martinez contacted her in the late afternoon hours on Nov. 18, 2017 and said she was headed home. The deputy then requested Martinez to contact the investigator of the case as soon as possible. As part of procedure, deputies are typically required to make direct contact with the missing person to confirm status and well-being and since that was not done, Martinez was not removed from the Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

On Feb. 1, 2018, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office received an inquiry from a local resident in response to a news article about missing people in Humboldt County. The resident said one of the missing people listed on the California Attorney General's missing person website was actually on "The Bachelor". The deputy who initially took the missing person report for Martinez attempted to contact Martinez by phone but did not get an answer. The deputy left a message for Martinez directing her to contact the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office as soon as possible.

The deputy then contacted Martinez's mother to ask why Martinez had not contacted the Sheriff's Office as requested in December. The deputy was told Martinez had attempted to contact the Sheriff's Office but was not able to directly speak with the deputy. Later that day, at 2:59 p.m., Martinez contacted the deputy and confirmed she was not missing and was doing well.

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