Palo Alto woman is found safe, after going missing following confrontation with man wearing MAGA hat

A woman who went missing over the weekend after confronting a 74-year-old man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat at a Palo Alto Starbucks, making national headlines, has been reported safe.

Rebecca Parker Mankey was reported missing Friday, but made contact with family Monday morning to let them know she was fine, according to the Palo Alto Daily Post.

It’s unclear where she was during this time, but officials told the San Jose Mercury that it appeared she “went off the grid voluntarily” after the attention she received following the confrontation.

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Mankey’s family and friends became concerned last week after she did not return to her Palo Alto home after a trip to Lake County, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. She was initially believed to be in Aberdeen, Wash. after cell phone activity placed her in the area Friday morning.

Mankey received a lot of negative attention earlier this month after she posted photos of a man wearing a MAGA hat and wrote about yelling at him in front of other customers, according to a Facebook post she wrote.

“He will never forget me and will think seriously about wearing that hat in my town ever again,” she wrote. “If you see him in this hat, please confront him. You do not want to be the person who didn’t speak up as we slipped into fascism.”

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After her post was found and picked up by conservative groups, Mankey lost her job with Palo Alto music store Gryphon Strings — and also received a number of death threats over her comments.

Mankey also resigned from her role as co-chair of the Bayshore Progressive Democrats, the group confirmed via its Facebook page.

SFGATE has reached out to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and will update the story with more details, should we hear back. Writer Eric Ting contributed to this report.

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