She’s a friend of a friend who’s been known to shop at his store, Scraps, when she’s in town. They travel in similar circles, even though Martinez has become somewhat of a celebrity darling of late thanks to her stint on that reality dating show.
“I didn’t know she was on ‘The Bachelor’ until the other week,” says Stamolis, who is hosting an informal meet-and-greet/hangout session with Martinez at the shop on Thursday.
He certainly didn’t know the story of how Martinez’ mother reported her missing back in November, or how Martinez was still listed as missing on the California Department of Justice's website as of last week, despite now being on national television.
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Stamolis loved the story when he heard it, though, and had the idea to create a mock missing-persons poster that he could sell at his shop. It’s the kind of oddball Fresno novelty that is Stamolis’ stock-in-trade.
The poster features Martinez’s smiling face (and pixie cut) and the word “missing” in faded blue block letters. Long-stemmed roses are bracketing her face. On the bottom, there’s the Scraps logo. Under the description, it lists Martinez’s height, weight and date of birth – all taken from the original missing person report. To that, Stamolis adds: “Wearing: Next to nothing.”
And: “Responds to Bekah and will you accept this rose.”
The posters will be on sale at Scraps from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Martinez will be there, too, “if people want to say HIGH!” Stomlis says.
(The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office had reported that Martinez was believed to be heading to a new job at a marijuana farm when she was reported missing.)