Rebekah Martinez, 22, has been registered as a missing person in Humboldt County, California since November. Her mother called police when Martinez didn’t return from working on a marijuana farm, according to the North Coast Journal. Her mom couldn’t reach her for over a week.
According to National Public Radio, it appears that Martinez may have been off being shot for the upcoming season of “The Bachelor” during that time, which explains why she was out of contact. She had posted on Instagram in the fall that she was putting away her "phone and social media for the next several weeks, so if you need to contact me, welll... tough luck!"
She began posting regularly on social media just four days after she was reported missing. Police checked in with Martinez's mother in December, and according to People, the mother said she was in touch with her daughter again.
Police asked for Martinez to contact police directly, according to NPR. That ever happened and Martinez was never removed as a missing person.
Now, Martinez is in the top 10 contestants on the reality-dating show. She goes by Bekah M. A fan of the show spotted her in an article about missing persons in the local Humboldt county newspaper, published just a few days ago.
That same publication published a follow-up story in which they wrote, “When posting this week's cover story to Facebook, we asked if any of our readers recognized any of the 35 people currently listed as missing from Humboldt County on the California Department of Justice's website. Astute readers said, yes, they definitely did and pointed to Martinez, who appears to be a burgeoning reality television star.”
Martinez has since been removed from the list.
Humboldt County Sheriff's spokeswoman Samantha Karges told Inside Edition that the situation is a "bit frustrating.”
Martinez tweeted in response to the odd situation: “MOM. How many times do I have to tell you I don't get cell service on The Bachelor??”
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