Drake Bell has been reported missing, with police officers asking locals for help to find him.
The actor, most known for his stint as Drake Parker in Drake and Josh, was last seen in Daytona Beach, Florida.
In a post on the official Daytona Beach Police Department Facebook page, they said that the 36-year-old – real name Jared Drake Bell – was last seen on April 12.
‘** MISSING ** Officers are looking for Jared Bell, DOB 06/27/1986,’ it read.
‘He should be traveling in a 2022 grey BMW and his last known location is potentially the area of Mainland High School on 4/12/2023 just before 9pm.
‘He is considered missing and endangered.
‘If you know where he is or have any information, please contact Detective Jayson Wallace at 386-671-5207 or [email protected]’
In the comments below, officials assured followers that the request was valid, adding: ‘For those asking, this is a legitimate post from the Daytona Beach Police Department.
‘If you have any information, please contact Detective Jayson Wallace.’
Bell came to fame at a young age, appearing in Home Improvement when he was five years old, in 1994.
After starring alongside Amanda Bynes in the Amanda Show in Nickelodeon, he landed his own series, Drake and Josh, beside Josh Peck.
The hugely popular comedy ran for four seasons, until 2007, and he won a string of awards for the part.
In 2021, he made headlines after pleading guilty to attempted child endangerment – a fourth-degree felony – and a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.
He was sentenced to two years of probation and 200 hours of community service, and was also prohibited from contacting the victim, who accused him of grooming her from the age of 12 and sexually abusing her when she was 15.
Addressing the allegations in a video on Instagram, he said in September, 2021: ‘I know that this has moved very quickly for you, but for me it’s been a three-year thorough investigation into every false claim that has been made, and it’s not me telling you that the claims are false, but the state of Ohio has proven the claims to be false.
‘If these claims were remotely true, my situation would be very different, and I would not be here at home with my wife and my son. But that being said, I’m not perfect, and I made mistakes.
‘I responded to a fan whose age I didn’t know … yet when I became aware of their age, all conversation and communication stopped. And this individual continued to come to shows and pay for meet and greets, all while I was unaware that this was the same person that I was communicating with online.
‘And, uh, and that’s what I pled guilty to. You know, I … it was reckless and irresponsible text messages.’
He went on to deny any physical contact took place, adding: ‘I want to make clear that there were no sexual images, nothing physical between me and this individual. I was not charged with anything physical. I was not charged with disseminating photographs or images or anything like that.
‘This is strictly over text messages, and when I was presented with a plea deal, because of the messages, I felt that it was the best way to get this over quickly and for everybody involved to get to move on. And for me to get back doing what I love and that’s making music for you.’
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