Beau Mann’s fiancé’s haunting journey to the site where the tech CEO’s body was found, while questions linger over his tragic death
HEART-SHARING photos show a tech CEO’s fiancé tracing what is believed to be his partner’s final steps before his mysterious death.
Friends and family made their way to the location in Santa Monica, California where the body of 39-year-old Beau Mann was discovered at a vigil on Saturday.
Mann’s skeletal remains were discovered in an abandoned apartment complex in late April.
With the help of his fiancé Jason Abate’s online detective group, dental records were used to identify them as the missing CEO, The US Sun exclusively revealed.
Questions about the circumstances of his disappearance continue to plague his family after Mann was last seen getting into an Uber outside his Los Angeles office on November 30, 2021.
The CEO got into a car for a 30-minute drive after buying cleaning supplies and a bag of ice cream, which his family said was a sign he should have gone home.
Instead, however, he was dropped off in a seedy neighborhood in Santa Monica.
The Santa Monica Police Department, which has taken over the investigation, says Mann texted 911 in the Uber, but they were unable to get in touch with him because his replies made no sense.
After a grueling 18 months of waiting for a sign from the beloved CEO, Mann’s body was discovered by a homeless man just 300 meters from where his driver had dropped him off.
Friends and family took the short walk from the drop-off point to the abandoned building on Saturday to honor Mann’s memory and solicit answers from investigating officers.
Photos exclusively obtained by The US Sun show Abate crying while holding a bouquet of roses for his future husband, who had been discussing child adoption with him the night before he disappeared.
Abate fears the love of his life has been killed after he ordered a car to take him home but eerily changed destinations during the drive.
“If someone’s doing their grocery shopping and buying ice cream to go home and they’re supposed to go home there, it doesn’t make sense for them to suddenly change their address to 1334 Berkeley Street,” he said KTLA at an emotional candlelight vigil on Saturday.
Also in the photos provided to The US Sun is Freddy Stuart, the homeless man who became a hero after discovering Mann’s remains.
Mann is remembered as an infinitely generous individual who dedicated his life to his app Sober Grid, which provided services to addicts seeking recovery.
“There are many questions and I wish I had the answers,” his close friend Julie Gallegos said at the vigil.
“It’s just heartbreaking because he was such a generous person … he deserved so much better.”
Mann’s cause of death remains a mystery and his family hired a private investigator to find out what happened.
The private investigator offered a theory about what might have led to his death, but the family doesn’t entirely agree with the conclusions and hopes the Santa Monica Police Department’s investigation will lead to more answers.
While questions remain, Mann’s company Sober Grid is working to ensure his legacy lives on.
Mann launched the app in 2015 with the goal of connecting and motivating people fighting addiction.
The app is said to have helped over 350,000 users.
“We hope you will take a moment today to think about Beau,” the company said in a statement after his body was found.
“His bright smile and endless energy and compassion will be missed. Though he is no longer with us, we know that Beau’s spirit will live on in Sober Grid’s mission to help those in need.”
Abate told The US Sun that he believes his partner has saved countless lives with his product and urged the public to remember him as a man who always put others first.
“I mean, this is an app that’s out there all over the world that has helped people, and I don’t know if we’ll ever know how many people have been helped,” Abate said.