Tech CEO found dead two years after he took an Uber ride and disappeared
A California tech CEO who mysteriously disappeared two years ago was found dead, police said.
The remains were discovered on April 25 in an abandoned courtyard in Santa Monica. They were identified by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office as Beau Mann, the 39-year-old founder of addiction and mental healthcare app Sober Grid.
The last person to speak to Mann was his fiancé, Jason Abate, who lived in Michigan. The couple were planning to get married the next year.
Abate spoke to Mann the night before his disappearance. ‘He told me he loved me, and he wanted to adopt children with me,’ Abate told NBC News in 2022. ‘That was the last message I ever got from him.’
Mann was last seen on November 30, 2021 around 2.00pm. He was spotted at a 7/11 convenience store on Ventura Boulevard, the Los Angeles Police Department said, over 15 miles away from where his remains were eventually discovered.
The store was only a short walk away from Sober Grid’s offices in Los Angeles. He got into an Uber after leaving the 7/11, where he texted a message to 911.
Mann’s fiancé began to worry about him when he stopped returning text messages. The LAPD performed a wellness check at the CEO’s apartment, but he was nowhere to be found.
Abate eventually filed a missing persons report on December 4.
The coroner’s office is still working to determine a cause of death for the CEO.
Mann founded Sober Grid, which bills itself as the ‘world’s largest recovery app,’ in 2015. ‘Simply put – Beau was our light,’ the company said in a post on Instagram. ‘After an experience in his early years with drugs and addiction, he turned his focus and passion towards helping others.’
They continued: ‘While he is no longer with us, we know Beau’s spirit will live on in Sober Grid’s mission to help those in need.’
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