One contestant on The Bachelor shocked everyone when her mom reported her missing while she was on the reality show. Now, 23-year-old Bekah Martinez explains why her mother filed a missing persons report on her whereabouts. According to the New York Daily News, she tells Good Morning America that it was as all a "misunderstanding" and she was just in the mountains after filming the dating reality show.
"I was about a week off the show and just needed some time to get away and decompress…" she said. She explained that her mother couldn't get in contact with her and freaked out."She had been expecting contact with me she didn't get," she said. “I just decided to go to the mountains with my friends for a couple weeks and I was there for six or seven days without phone service which I thought I was going to have phone service and I told my mother that I would."
Fans saw Martinez on the show while she was simulateously reported missing in Northern California. However, the show was taped months prior and she was actually relaxing in the mountains.
“I just had this weird feeling like on the sixth or seventh day, I need to go home now. So I got in my car, drove to where I had service, called my parents and then come to find out only 12 hours before my mother had called the Humboldt Sheriff’s Department saying that I was missing,” she said.
Martinez was eventually eliminated from The Bachelor. As US Weekly shares, a fan of the reality dating show recognized her and contacted authorities upon hearing that she was missing.
Since being "found," she still pokes fun about her missing persons report. She shared the "missing poster" on Instagram of her visage. "Because no one in my hometown will EVER let me live this one down," she captioned.
She has also used her "missing poster" as a promo tool of sorts, tying it to her time on the reality show. "Found myself, quite literally, on this season of The Bachelor. PSA: always call your mom back," she captioned in another post.