Actor Drake Bell has been found after being reported missing in Florida on Thursday. The Daytona Beach Police confirmed the news on Facebook on April 13, just hours after their initial missing report: “** UPDATE: 4/13/2023 1:26p.m. – At this time, we can confirm law enforcement officials are in contact and Mr. Bell is safe,” the department wrote. Later in the day, on April 13, Bell addressed the incident in a tweet, writing, “You leave your phone in the car and don’t answer for the night and this?”
You leave your phone in the car and don’t answer for the night and this? 😂
— DrakeBell.ethᵍᵐ (@DrakeBell) April 13, 2023
The Daytona Beach Police previously reported that Bell’s last known location was “potentially” the area around a local high school on April 12 around 9 p.m. “He is considered missing and endangered,” the department wrote. He was reportedly last seen driving a 2022 gray BMW. A representative for Bell did not immediately respond to POPSUGAR’s request for comment.
Bell, 36, rose to fame on Nickelodeon as a teen actor in the early 2000s. He appeared in the sketch comedy series “The Amanda Show” before starring in “Drake & Josh” with Josh Peck. The actor, whose real name is Jared, also later starred in the live-action “The Fairly OddParents” films.
In the summer of 2021, Bell pleaded guilty to felony attempted minor endangerment and a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. He was ultimately sentenced to two years of probation and 200 hours of community service. Bell was accused at the time of sending inappropriate messages to a 15-year-old girl. In 2020, his ex-girlfriend Melissa Lingafelt accused him of physical and verbal abuse during their relationship in the mid-2000s, which Bell denied per the LA Times.