THE broken heart fiance A tech CEO has described the emotional moment when he met the man who discovered his partner’s hidden body.
Friends and family gathered to hold a vigil for Beau Mann, 39, in Santa Monica, California, at the haunted spot where he was discovered a year and a half after his disappearance.
Mann’s skeletal remains were discovered by a homeless man named Fred Stewart between a shed and a wall in an abandoned apartment complex in late April.
They were identified by officials from dental records after receiving help from his fiancé Jason Abate’s online detective group, 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.
However, he abruptly changed his journey and texted 911 before getting out of the car and was never seen or heard from again. His body was discovered just 1,000 feet from where his Uber 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 try to bring peace to one another.
Speaking exclusively to The US Sun, Mann’s fiancé Jason Abate described the moment he connected with Stewart, who was cleaning up the abandoned apartment when he found the CEO.
“He was a loving, caring man,” said Abate. “Fred was just so welcoming to me.”
Abate said despite Stewart’s shy nature, the two formed an almost telepathic connection as they shared the tragedy.
“He knew the pain I was going through,” Abate said through tears.
“It wasn’t fair [a skeleton] He realized that this was a real person who was loved and you could feel it emanating from him.
After the two met, Abate asked if he could hug him before collapsing.
“I said even if it wasn’t the result none of us wanted or hoped for, you helped us,” Abate said.
“Because the worst feeling in the world is not knowing where someone is and falling down all those dark rabbit holes that the brain leads you down.”
Describing the scene where his partner was found, Abate said witnesses told him Mann’s body was in front of a fence and a gray mat had been thrown at him.
“Beau was a scaredy-cat. He would never have gone back there,” he said, describing it as a horrible place.
“To venture into a spot like that and then lie face to the wall where he couldn’t see anything going on behind him, so the whole yard, it doesn’t make sense.”
Abate believes its positioning is evidence that Mann did not go there or collapse at that point.
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 is working to ensure his legacy lives on.
Mann founded Sober Grid in 2015 with a mission to connect and motivate 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 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.
“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.
A community member created one GoFundMe to raise funds for the homeless Stewart.
According to the campaign description, he is happy with his living situation but willingly accepts any gifts he can give in the form of food and necessities.
The organizer said in a video update that she plans to put the money into a Walmart gift card.