Actor Drake Bell Found Safe After Reported Missing in Florida
– Actor Drake Bell was reported missing in Florida, but was later found and confirmed to be safe by law enforcement officials.
– Bell addressed the incident in a tweet, implying that he had left his phone in the car and did not answer for the night.
– Bell has a controversial history, having pleaded guilty to charges of attempted minor endangerment and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles in 2021, as well as being accused of physical and verbal abuse by his ex-girlfriend in 2020.
Drake Bell, a popular teen actor from the early 2000s, was reported missing in Florida on April 13, 2023. The Daytona Beach Police issued a missing report earlier in the day, stating that Bell’s last known location was “potentially” the area around a local high school on April 12 around 9 p.m. Officials deemed him missing and endangered, and he was reportedly last seen driving a 2022 gray BMW. However, just hours after the initial report, the police confirmed on Facebook that law enforcement officials were in contact with Bell and that he was safe.
Bell later addressed the incident on Twitter, humorously writing that he left his phone in the car and didn’t answer for the night, prompting the search effort. Bell, whose real name is Jared, rose to fame on Nickelodeon for his roles in “The Amanda Show” and “Drake & Josh” with Josh Peck. He also appeared in the live-action “The Fairly OddParents” films.
However, Bell has faced legal and personal issues in recent years. In the summer of 2021, he pleaded guilty to felony attempted minor endangerment and a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles in a case involving inappropriate messages to a 15-year-old girl. As a result, he received two years of probation and 200 hours of community service. In addition, in 2020, Bell’s ex-girlfriend Melissa Lingafelt accused him of physical and verbal abuse during their relationship in the mid-2000s.
This latest incident of Bell’s reported disappearance and return, along with his past legal and personal woes, has left fans and observers unsure of what’s next in store for the once-beloved teen actor.