If you haven't been keeping up with season 22 of The Bachelor, 1.) I don't blame you, because Arie Luyendyk Jr. is basically the human equivalent of ZzzQuil, and 2.) boy, do I have a story for you. Contestant Bekah Martinez, a 23-year-old nanny from Los Angeles, was considered a frontrunner for stealing Arie's heart up until Monday night's episode, when she was tearfully eliminated. Before that, however, something pretty freakin' weird happened: Bekah was reported missing by her mother.
Apparently back in November, Bekah told her mom that she'd be working on a marijuana farm in Humboldt, CA, and wouldn't be able to speak with her for about a week. When she still wasn't picking up the phone, her mom contacted the authorities in Humboldt and filed a missing persons ad in a local paper and on its Facebook page. It didn't take long before Facebook users pointed out that Bekah wasn't missing, but was in fact starring on The Bachelor. Bekah addressed the situation via Twitter in early February, writing, "MOM. how many times do I have to tell you I don't get cell service on The Bachelor??"
The story was so odd that even Kelly Ripa thought it might be a clever way to cover up the fact Bekah had won the whole competition, since winners on The Bachelor typically go into lockdown to keep the secret from getting out. Obviously the most recent episode deflated that theory when Arie sent Bekah home, but that hasn't stopped her from adding even more puzzling details to the already-bizarre story.
"I just decided to go to the mountains with my friends for a couple weeks [after filming The Bachelor] 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," she explained during a post-episode Skype call with Jimmy Kimmel, above. "I just had this weird feeling 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 [that] only 12 hours before, my mother had called the Humboldt Sheriff's Department saying that I was missing."
She also added that she's "not a weed farmer" and that she's still working as a nanny in LA. Glad that mystery is (kind of?) solved.