Drake Bell, an actor, is “considered missing and endangered,” the Daytona Beach Police Department wrote on Facebook early Thursday. When Variety called the police, they did not react with any additional details, and Bell’s manager did not immediately reply when asked for comment.
Bell, whose real name is Jared Drake Bell, was spotted driving a gray 2022 BMW, and the police report states that “his last known location is potentially the area of Mainland High School on 4/12/2023 just before 9 p.m.”
Police in Daytona Beach are requesting any information from the public on Bell’s whereabouts by calling Detective Jayson Wallace at 386-671-5207.
In the popular Nickelodeon series “Drake & Josh,” which aired for four seasons and 56 episodes between 2004 and 2007, Bell, 36, gained stardom alongside Josh Peck. Before directing his series, the actor appeared as a cast member on the network’s “The Amanda Show.”
Bell remained with Nick after “Drake & Josh,” as Timmy Turner in a live-action “The Fairly OddParents” trilogy. In June 2021, Bell pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of spreading material harmful to minors and a felony charge of attempting to endanger children.
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Later, he was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and two years of probation—the allegations related to a December 2017 encounter between a 15-year-old girl and a then-31-year-old Bell.
The two met after exchanging communications on social media for months that were “at times… s*xual in nature,” according to police at the time. Bell was detained for a DUI in 2015; his bail was $20,000. After entering a no-contest plea to a misdemeanor, he spent four days in jail.