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Actress Jaida Benjamin is reported missing after last being seen in Studio City, California


Actress Jaida Benjamin has been reported missing, having last been seen at the intersection of Tujunga Ave and Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, California on Saturday.

The Family Reunion star, 27, who suffers from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia according to her aunt Jihan Johnston, was dressed in a purple crop top with pink jogging shorts and white sneakers at the time she was last seen.

Her missing poster has been shared by her family on social media – along with celebrities including Viola Davis, Brandy, Zoey Deutch and Porsha Williams.

‘She has bipolar and is schizophrenic’: Family Reunion actress Jaida Benjamin, 27, has been reported missing after being seen in Studio City on Saturday… as celebrities appeal for help (pictured in 2018)

Her mother Jocinda Benjamin took to Instagram on Monday to share a flyer with information about her missing daughter.

She said: ‘Never thought I’d ever have to make this type of post. My baby is missing please help me find her. I can’t breathe,’ adding jaidabenjamin #JaidaBenjamin.

Her aunt Jihan shared an updated flier from the Los Angeles Police Department that included her description and last-seen location.

A number of stars helped spread awareness by re-posting Jocinda’s Instagram post on their story, including Erykah Badu, Vincent M Ward and MC Lyte.

Look out: The actress, 27, was dressed in a purple crop top with pink jogging shorts and white sneakers at the time she was last seen (pictured in 2014)

Look out: The actress, 27, was dressed in a purple crop top with pink jogging shorts and white sneakers at the time she was last seen (pictured in 2014)

Bipolar: 'Yoòo if you're in Los Angeles and you see this young lady please call the number.. Jaida has played my daughter and Ive worked with her a number of times.. California friends and family, PLEASE SHARE! Note: She's Bipolar + SchizophrenicSczephrenic... Thank you,' Vincent said.

Bipolar: ‘Yoòo if you’re in Los Angeles and you see this young lady please call the number.. Jaida has played my daughter and Ive worked with her a number of times.. California friends and family, PLEASE SHARE! Note: She’s Bipolar + SchizophrenicSczephrenic… Thank you,’ Vincent said.

Whereabouts: Anyone with information on Benjamin's whereabouts is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Persons Unit at (213) 996-1800

Whereabouts: Anyone with information on Benjamin’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit at (213) 996-1800

Actor Kendrick Sampson also posted the flyer, adding she has ‘had a difficult journey with mental health’ while asking people to ‘keep that in mind as we prioritize and wrap our resources around people.’

Vincent added: ‘Yoòo if you’re in Los Angeles and you see this young lady please call the number.. Jaida has played my daughter and Ive worked with her a number of times.. California friends and family, PLEASE SHARE! Note: She’s Bipolar + SchizophrenicSczephrenic… Thank you.’

Anyone with information on Benjamin’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit at (213) 996-1800

For those who wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or go to LACrimeStoppers.org.

Talented: Jaida first appeared in Netflix's Family Reunion during the 2019 series as Kelly, going on to reprise her role in 2021 (pictured, left, in-character)

Talented: Jaida first appeared in Netflix’s Family Reunion during the 2019 series as Kelly, going on to reprise her role in 2021 (pictured, left, in-character)

Screen star: The episodes were titled Remember How This All Started? (2019) and Remember the False Idol? (2021) [Jaida pictured in-character]

Screen star: The episodes were titled Remember How This All Started? (2019) and Remember the False Idol? (2021) [Jaida pictured in-character]

Benjamin was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and started her acting career as a teenager in the 2007 TV movie Halloween Special: Bad Things, Good Things.

She would go on to put in several guest starring appearances in The Onion News Network, Austin & Ally, Southland, Liv & Maddie, Stuck In the Middle, Foursome, The Fosters, Insecure, Mad About You and Family Reunion.

Jaida first appeared in the Netflix comedy during the 2019 series as Kelly, going on to reprise her role in 2021.

She has also been featured in movies such as Life of a King, Daddy, Murder in the Vineyard, The Step Daddy and Christmas With My Ex, with Devilreaux starring Ward and Tony Todd currently in post-production.  

Guest star: She would go on to put in several guest starring appearances in The Onion News Network, Austin & Ally, Southland, Liv & Maddie, Stuck In the Middle, Foursome, The Fosters, Insecure, Mad About You and Family Reunion (pictured in 2014)

Guest star: She would go on to put in several guest starring appearances in The Onion News Network, Austin & Ally, Southland, Liv & Maddie, Stuck In the Middle, Foursome, The Fosters, Insecure, Mad About You and Family Reunion (pictured in 2014)



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