PHOTOS of an abandoned courtyard reveal the haunting location where a missing tech CEO was discovered a year and a half after he disappeared.
Beau Mann’s skeletal remains were found just 1,000 feet from where an Uber dropped him off in Santa Monica, California, his heartbroken fiancé said.
On November 30, 2021, the Los Angeles-based executive, 39, got into a car right outside his office and texted 911 during a 30-minute ride.
A spokesperson for the Santa Monica Police Department said that Mann, who founded the app Sober Grid, sent them a “gibberish” message at around 2pm before he stopped responding.
He was never seen or heard from again.
A homeless man found Mann’s body around 18 months later, off Santa Monica Boulevard inside a vacant apartment building, his fiancé Jason Abate told The U.S. Sun.
Abate, who helped to lead the social media group that worked to track Mann down, said that a woman went to the site and sent him a video of the haunting scene.
He could not see it himself as he lived in Michigan and had a long-distance relationship with Mann.
Images revealing the building and courtyard where Mann’s body was found were shared with the Facebook group.
Debris, garbage cans, and scraps of wood could be seen littering the yard outside the building, which had no signs of life.
Mann’s fiancé said that he was shocked to see the abandoned apartment and fears that his partner could have been killed as he doubts the CEO would step close to that environment.
“I don’t believe it was self-inflicted,” Abate told The U.S. Sun.
“Beau was a scaredy-cat. While he would help anybody I know, he would not wind up in a situation, in a place, that he was found at his own doing.”
Meanwhile, a private investigator hired by Mann’s family believes the tech took drugs that proved fatal and died shortly after arriving in the Santa Monica neighborhood.
James Terry, who has sparked controversy for publicizing the cases that he works on, told the Santa Monica Daily Press: “I don’t think after that Uber ride, Beau Mann was alive for more than another hour.”
The PI guesses that he was going to a friend’s home in the area when he succumbed to the drugs.
Mann struggled with addiction, which led him to dedicate his life to providing those working toward recovery with resources.
Abate agreed that his fiancé likely died right after he disappeared and acknowledged that he could have relapsed, but clarified that the drugs Mann used to use did not often cause overdoses unless they were “laced.”
“Beau was very careful if he relapsed. He took himself to the hospital,” Abate said.
The heartbroken fiancé has slammed Los Angeles police for failing to find his partner sooner.
“They didn’t even handle it. I think that’s because they assumed he was just a drug addict and gay and they didn’t care,” Abate said.
The Santa Monica Police Department has taken over the case and told The U.S. Sun that they are looking into all possibilities during these early stages of the investigation.
“SMPD detectives are in the process of combing through all the evidence collected as of today and exploring every possibility, as we always do,” SMPD’s Erika Aklufi said.
“We owe it to victims and their families and friends to make sure that our work is done correctly and completely.”
Abate remembers his partner as someone who always put others first and saved “countless” lives with his product.
“I mean, this is an app that is all over the world and has helped people, and I don’t know if we’ll ever know how many people have been helped,” Abate said.
Cops are planning to speak with Mann’s Uber driver from that tragic night to get more information on Mann’s final moments in public.
“We’re looking at pretty much any option at this point to make sure it’s thorough,” Aklufi said after the discovery of Mann’s body.
Sober Grid was launched in 2015 and helped over 350,000 users with their addiction struggles.
“We hope you will take a moment to think about Beau today,” the company said in a statement after he was found dead.
“His bright smile and endless energy and compassion will be missed.
“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.”