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California Man Mysteriously Disappears After Texting 911 During Afternoon Uber Ride
Beau Mann left a Los Angeles 7-Eleven on a Tuesday afternoon, apparently got into an Uber and was never seen again. Now his friends and family want answers.
A California man vanished after sending a text to 911, and his friends and family are hoping to unravel the mysterious disappearance.
Beau Mann, 39, was last seen Nov. 30 after an Uber had dropped him off at a 7-Eleven on Ventura Boulevard in Los Angeles.
Security footage shows Mann leaving the store at 2:06 p.m. carrying a heavy backpack, his purchases from the convenience store, and a bag of ice, according to The Worchester Telegram & Gazette.
Less than 10 minutes after the footage captured him leaving the store, Mann sent a text to 911 that indicated he was in an Uber, but provided no other information.
Los Angeles Police Officer Jill Calhoun, who is investigating the case, confirmed to “Dateline” that the LAPD received a 911 text from Mann that afternoon, NBC News reports.
According to her, “several attempts were made to contact [him] via that correspondence,” but Mann never replied.
“The Uber is definitely being investigated,” she said, declining to provide any further details other than to say that there were “pending search warrants” in the case to get cell phone records and GPS data.
Oxygen.com reached out to police but did not receive an immediate response.
It is unclear what happened to Mann in the hours or days that followed.
When Jason Abate, a man who described himself as Mann’s fiancé, was unable to reach him for several days, he called police to request a welfare check. Abate, who lives in Michigan, told “Dateline” he was told that someone local would need to go meet police at Mann’s apartment, so he arranged for Mann’s assistant to meet the officers.
When they went inside the apartment using the assistant’s key, they found no sign of the missing man and a formal missing persons report was filed on Dec. 4.
Abate had spoken with Mann after the latter returned from a Thanksgiving visit with family on Nov. 29 and noted that nothing seemed out of the ordinary during the conversation.
“He told me he loved me, and he wanted to adopt children with me,” Abate said. “That was the last message I ever got from him.”
The next morning, Mann’s mother Amy Mann told Telegram & Gazette, Mann headed to a local coffee shop on foot to work on his business, an app known as Sober Grid.
The app — which he had called his “baby” — helped people in recovery find nearby resources or meetings to help them maintain sobriety.
Abate said Mann had struggled with substance use himself earlier in his life and wanted to help other people.
“I don’t want to sound overly dramatic but he’s kind of changed the world,” he said.
Abate believes Mann’s disappearance is linked to that Uber ride and said that, while looking through Uber records, he noticed that the trip had been ended at 2:35 p.m. at Berkeley Street in Santa Monica, although he said no one saw Mann at the location.
“That should make everybody nervous,” he said.
But Calhoun said, despite the text to 911, police do not suspect foul play in the disappearance at this point in the investigation.
A representative from the ride sharing app has also told "Dateline" that no incident connected to the ride was ever reported to the company.
There’s also some discrepancy in reports about Mann’s dating life at the time of his disappearance. While Abate told “Dateline” the couple had planned to get married in June 2022, Mann’s mom told the local paper in January that she believed her son had ended a long-term relationship shortly before his disappearance.
She said at the time of his disappearance, she believed her son was supposed to be meeting up with an acquaintance named Blake Brown.
Brown — who described his relationship with Mann as “friends…with benefits” — told the paper he had done some work for Mann and occasionally stayed in his apartment. He said Mann had reached out to him after returning from Texas, but he was in Las Vegas at the time and he was never able to connect with his friend.
“I’m hoping that he’s just walking around crazy,” he said.
Those who know Mann are now urging police to continue to search for Mann, who they believe could be in danger.
“I just want to know where he is,” Abate said. “Please, somebody, have a heart.”
According to the Los Angeles Police Mann is being described as being 5’10” tall, weighing 220 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to call the Los Angeles Police Department’s missing persons unit at (213) 996-1800. After business hours or weekends tipsters can call (877) 527-3247.