Why Was Drake Bell Missing? What Did He Say To The Police?

Bell, whose full name is Jared Drake Bell, was initially reported missing by the Daytona Beach Police Department in a Facebook post. Former child star Drake Bell broke his silence Thursday after being found safe following an overnight report of a "missing and endangered" person. Why was he missing?

#1. Drake Bell’s ups and downs through the years

Why Was Drake Bell MissingSource: The New Yorker

Bell has faced a litany of run-ins with the law, including an arrest for driving under the influence in 2016.  He most recently pled guilty to two charges involving a minor in Ohio in 2021. 
"The Fairly OddParents" star was charged with one count of felony attempted child endangerment and a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.
Bell was sentenced to two years probation, as well as 200 hours of community service in California. Additionally, he cannot have any communication with the victim.  Once his probation is completed, a judge will review his sex offender status.

Why Was Drake Bell MissingSource: MEAWW

In 2020, Bell was accused of verbal and physical abuse by his ex-girlfriend, Melissa Lingafelt. She described the verbal abuse as "the worst" someone could "ever imagine."
"It then turned into physical: hitting, throwing, everything," she said. "At the pinnacle of it, he drug [sic] me down the stairs of our house in Los Feliz. My face hit every step on the way down. I have photos of this. I don't even want to get into the underage girls thing." 
Bell said via a representative to Variety, "I never abused my ex-girlfriend or did so many of the other things Melissa falsely claimed on her TikTok video. As our relationship ended – more than a decade ago – we, unfortunately, both called each other terrible names, as often happens when couples are breaking up. But that is it. Clearly, Melissa still felt close enough to me just last year that she was comfortable reaching out to ask me to provide her with financial support during a tough time (which I did). I do not know if today’s behavior is some kind of misguided quest for more money or attention. But I cannot and will not allow these offensive and defamatory allegations to go unchallenged and I am reviewing my legal options."

#2. Drake Bell was reported missing and found safe 3 hours later

Why Was Drake Bell MissingSource: The Outlet

The department circulated a photo of Bell and mentioned his last known whereabouts could be in the area of "Mainland High School" on Wednesday.  "You leave your phone in the car and don’t answer for the night and this?" he wrote on Twitter.
In a missing person's post on its official Facebook page, the Daytona Beach Police Department reported that the "Drake & Josh" star was last seen driving his 2022 gray BMW in the area of Mainland High School before 9 p.m. Wednesday.
The department left an additional comment on the post saying, "For those asking, this is a legitimate post from the Daytona Beach Police Department."  Hours later, Bell was found safe. "At this time we can confirm law enforcement officials are in contact and Mr. Bell is safe," the department commented on the post four hours later.
Also: Where Was Drake Bell Found? Where Does He Live Now After Being Reported Missing?

#3. Why was Drake Bell missing?

Why Was Drake Bell MissingSource: VCVB

Police have not offered an explanation for this. Bell tweeted: "You leave your phone in the car and don’t answer for the night and this?" He added a laughing emoji, seemingly implying the entire ordeal was simply a mistake.
Bell is best known for his role on the teen comedy show "Drake and Josh." At the time, it came as a shock to people in the area familiar with the show. “I don’t know why he was here, but I hope he’s OK,” Jeremy Perez, who works in Daytona Beach, said.
Fans of the show are hoping for the best for Bell moving forward. “I’m glad he’s found. I’m glad he’s found because them two were real good together,” visitor Antonio Horry said. And if something is wrong, they’re hoping the former child star would be able to get any help he’d possibly need. “It’s important that we have empathy because they could be going through so much in the public eye more than any of us should be,” Perez said. is a website that provides you with sport updates and Entertainment news to brighten your day. Don’t hesitate to visit our site to know more about entertainment news.
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