Nearly a year and a half after Beau Mann, the founder of a digital health company called Sober Grid, went missing after being dropped off by his Uber ride, local authorities found his remains in an abandoned building in Santa Monica.
Mann’s family said, in a Sunday statement, that his remains were located about a mile from where his Uber dropped him off in November of 2021. In their words:
Friends, we have difficult news tonight. Here is a statement from our entire family:
We were notified by the Santa Monica, California police this weekend that Beau’s remains were found in a grassy area about a mile from where an Uber dropped him off on November 30, 2021. His identity was confirmed through dental records. At this point, we have no further details on what led to his death.
We want to thank all of those who helped us search for him and who prayed for Beau’s safe return over the past year and a half. Beau was a beautiful soul who spent the better part of his life helping others. We miss his infectious smile and positive attitude every day. We know his spirit will live on through his company and passion, Sober Grid, as it continues to help those struggling with the grip of addiction.
Mann founded Sober Grid in 2015. It is meant to help those who are struggling with addiction keep in touch with and keep tabs on each other, hopefully helping them get better over time and stay safe. Users of Sober Grid can choose to stay anonymous or use their real names. Sober Grid released a statement on Facebook after Mann’s remains were found, saying:
Today is a sad day for the Sober Grid community.
We have learned from Santa Monica, California police that the remains of our beloved founder Beau Mann have been discovered in a grassy area about one mile from where he was dropped off by an Uber nearly a year and a half ago. No cause of death has been determined. Beau was just 39 years old.
Beau went missing on a sunny Sunday afternoon, November 30, 2021, after getting in an Uber outside of a 7/11, not far from Sober Grid’s Los Angeles office. He texted 911 while inside the Uber. He was dropped off in Santa Monica. Despite exhaustive efforts to find him, Beau was never heard from again.
Simply put – Beau was our light. After an experience in his early years with drugs and addiction, he turned his focus and passion towards helping others. In 2015, he created the first digital app to house a 24/7, online, worldwide community for people in recovery. As you know, Sober Grid, with your help, has saved thousands of lives and no doubt, will save thousands more.
We hope you will take a moment to think about Beau today. 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.
Featured image credit: SoberGrid Facebook
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