Actress Jaida Benjamin, best known for playing Kelly on Netflix’s ‘Family Reunion’ and her appearances on HBO’s ‘Insecure’, has been reported missing after she was last seen in the Los Angeles area.
The 27-year-old, who sometimes worked as Jaida-Iman Benjamin, was last seen at the intersection of Tujunga Avenue and Ventura Boulevard in the Studio City neighborhood on Saturday February 19. according to a Los Angeles Police Department flyer.
Benjamin, who is believed to have bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, is listed at 5ft 3in and was seen wearing a purple crop top, pink jogging shorts and a pair of white sneakers.
While relatives of the North Carolina native have not been able to contact her for three days, the LAPD does not suspect any foul play at this time.
The Charlotte native’s mother, Jocinda Benjamin, implored the public for help in a heartbreaking Instagram post on Monday.
“Never thought I would have to do this type of post,” the distraught parent wrote. “My baby is missing, please help me find her. I can’t breathe. Meanwhile, Benjamin’s aunt Jihan Johnson Tweeted an LAPD flyer with updated descriptions of the missing actress.
Earlier this month, Jocinda posted a revealing message on Instagram detailing Jaida’s plans to take a break from showbiz.
“In light of the recent tragic news of multiple suicides, combined with our own mental health issues, Jaida and I have decided to take a much-needed break from the entertainment industry,” the self-proclaimed “momager” said on Feb. 2. . “We truly appreciate everyone’s love and support over the years and ask for prayers and positive thoughts during this difficult time.”
Meanwhile, information about the artist has since been shared by family members as well as a number of celebrities, Iincluding the star of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” Porsha Williams‘Walking Dead’ actor Vincent M Ward, rapper MC Lyte and ‘Vampire Diaries’ star Kendrick Sampson.
“” Yoòo if you are in Los Angeles and you see this young lady, please call the number. Jaida played my daughter and I worked with her several times. wrote Ward, 51. PLEASE SHARE! Note: She is bipolar + schizophrenicSczephrenic [sic]… Thank you.”
Sampson, 33, who also appeared in ‘Insecure’ with Benjamin, added that the actress “has also had a difficult journey with mental health, so let’s keep that in mind as we prioritize and direct our resources around our people. If you know someone in the area who can help you, please reach out with the contact information in the message.
The LAPD urges anyone with information regarding Benjamin’s case to contact its Missing Persons Unit at (213) 996-1800 or (877) 527-3247, while whistleblowers who wish to remain anonymous are asked to dial Failure at crime at (800) 222-8477.
Along with his role in “Family Reunion”, Benjamin made appearances in “Justin & Ally”, “:Southland”, “Criminal Minds”, “The Fosters” and many other television series. The rising talent recently starred in the 2021 film “Christmas With My Ex” and has a thriller, “Delivereaux,” in post-production, according to his IMDB profile.
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