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Police Declare Actor Drake Bell 'Missing and Endangered'

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Jared “Drake” Bell, an actor best known as a star of the Nickelodeon television show “Drake & Josh,” was declared ”missing and endangered” on Thursday by Florida authorities who asked the public for help in locating him.

Bell was last seen Wednesday night near a Daytona Beach high school, the city’s police department said in a statement.

Police spokeswoman Carrie McCallister said Thursday that the agency couldn’t release any further information since it was part of an active investigation.

“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 9 p.m.,” the department said in a Facebook post.



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Representatives for the 36-year-old actor did not immediately reply to The Associated Press’ requests for comment.

Bell began acting as a child and was catapulted to fame as a teen with Nickelodeon’s “The Amanda Show.”

He went on to star with Josh Peck in the Nickelodeon hit “Drake & Josh,” which ran from 2004 until 2007 and was accompanied by two movies.

Since then, Bell has mostly worked as a voice actor in addition to roles in little-seen TV series and movies.

He also launched a music career.

In 2021, Bell was charged with child endangerment relating to a girl who attended a 2017 concert of his in Cleveland when she was 15 and had met him online years before.

He pleaded guilty to felony attempted child endangerment and a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and was sentenced to two years’ probation.

Bell was allowed to serve his probation and 200 hours of community service in California.

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