Update, April 13, 2:00 p.m. ET: Drake Bell is officially “safe” and in contact with law enforcement officials, the Daytona Beach Police Department reported on Thursday, hours after first posting that the actor was “missing and endangered” in the area.

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Drake Bell, one of the stars of the Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh and The Amanda Show, is “considered missing and endangered,” Daytona Beach police announced on Facebook. The 36-year-old was last seen driving a gray 2022 BMW on Wednesday at around 9 p.m. near Mainland High School in Florida. 

Bell’s latest social media post was an April 3 tweet in which he shared a recent podcast interview. “There’s been a lot of stuff in my career where I just don’t know how I kept going or how I came back from it,” Bell said during the appearance. “There’s things I’ve never talked about that happened on The Amanda Show. Some pretty traumatic and heavy stuff happened. To get back up on the horse and keep going—sometimes I look back and I don’t really know how I did it.”

Like other Nickelodeon stars of the early 2000s, including  Jennette McCurdy, Amanda Bynes, and Alexa Nikolas, Bell has weathered his share of personal difficulties in adulthood. In 2021, he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of attempting to endanger children and a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles stemming from a 2017 incident. Bell was sentenced to two years probation and 200 hours of community service. After filing for bankruptcy in 2014, he was arrested for a DUI in 2015. He pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor and spent one day in jail.

“It’s a peaks and valleys kind of thing where sometimes you just wanna go away and get away from everything,” Bell said during his latest interview. “That’s actually what a lot of my new album is about, being fed up with Hollywood and what it’s done to myself and people I see. There’s so many people that I grew up with that tragically either ended their lives or didn’t make it out—some really sad stories.”

Vanity Fair has reached out to reps for Bell for comment. Those with information about Bell’s whereabouts are encouraged to contact Detective Jayson Wallace at 386-671-5207 or wallacejayson@dbpd.us

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