Former Nickelodeon star Drake Bell found safe in Florida

36-year-old reported missing Wednesday night in Daytona Beach
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Posted at 12:30 PM, Apr 13, 2023

TAMPA, Fla. — Authorities in Daytona Beach have found former Nickelodeon star Jared Bell, also known as Drake Bell, after he was reported missing.

According to police, Bell, 36, had last been seen on Wednesday just before 9 p.m. He was possibly in the area of Mainland High School, police stated.

Police said Bell might be traveling in a 2022 gray BMW. He's considered missing and endangered, but police did not provide any other information.

The initial post by the police gained a lot of attention on social media, which prompted the department to ensure readers that the post was legitimate and that Bell had been missing.

Police confirmed Thursday afternoon that Bell had been found and "is safe."

Bell was one of the stars of "Drake and Josh," a hit show in the early 2000s.

In 2021, Bell pleaded guilty to charges related to 2017 crimes that involved a 15-year-old girl. The charges included attempted endangering children, a fourth-degree felony, and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Anyone with information about Bell's whereabouts is asked to contact the Daytona Beach Police Department.

This story was originally reported by Scripps News Tampa.