On November 18, the mother of 22-year-old Rebekah Martinez reported her daughter missing. The mother, who was worried about her daughter, contacted police and informed them that she last spoke with her daughter on a friend's cell about six days earlier. The report was filed at about 1 a.m.
Martinez had lied to her mother that she was going to work on a marijuana farm and would see her in about one week, according to CBS News. The mother was very worried, indeed very concerned that she hadn't heard from her daughter in a long time. To make matters worse, Martinez wasn't answering her phone.
The mother then heard from Martinez that same day and quickly learned that she was alive and okay, according to the New York Times.
But investigators didn't learn that until December 12, during which time the deputy sheriff contacted the mother by email. This means that almost one month had passed from the time Martinez was reported missing and investigators learned that her whereabouts had actually been discovered.
As part of a procedure, Humboldt County Sheriff's Office deputies are typically required to make direct contact with a reported missing person, in order to ensure that they are safe and sound. The deputy wasn't able to make immediate contact with Martinez and, as a result, she wasn't able to remove the young woman from the Missing and Unidentified Persons System.
Since she was still technically listed as "missing," Martinez appeared in a local newspaper under the "Missing Person" section.
On February 1, as Martinez's photo was displayed in a local newspaper as a missing person, a local reader called the sheriff's office to claim she had seen the young woman on "The Bachelor."
Ann Bonner O'Brian was apparently looking through missing person stories in the local newspaper. When the woman got to Martinez's picture, she thought to herself, "Wait a minute, she looks familiar." This is because she had seen Martinez on "The Bachelor."
The supposedly "missing" person had been very active on Twitter and Instagram, where she had very large followings. Poking fun at her mom, she sent out a tweet after the incident.
"MOM, how many times do I have to tell you I don't get cell service on the Bachelor?"
The 22-year-old contestant is on the current season of ABC's reality show. In recent news, Jimmy Kimmel was recently involved in a head-on car crash.