Doctor Who actress Tanya Fear's cousin says 'LAPD did not tell family she'd been found' with parents left in the dark

Doctor Who actress Tanya Fear's cousin says 'LAPD did not tell family she'd been found' with parents left in the dark


FAMILY members of actress Tanya Fear say police didn't tell them she'd been found alive and safe on Monday, several days after she was reported missing.

The British actress, 31, who moved to LA to advance her career, vanished last Thursday after leaving her apartment in the Hollywood Bowl area without her phone or purse.

In a statement on Monday, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that fear had since been found alive and safe, adding that her family has been notified.

However, when approached by The Sun, family members of the star say they were actually left in the dark about Fear being found until they saw the LAPD's announcement online.


Fear's cousin, Kudzi Manyande, said: "I just spoke to her mom and she says LAPD has not made any contact.

"She's trying to call them as she has also seen similar news on social media. She says until she sees/speaks to her, she won't believe it."

Manyande added: “They have not made any contact with her immediate family. It's so distressing. Not being on the ground has made it extremely difficult for us.”

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Her father Andrew, who lives in Germany, told The Sun he was also completely unaware she’d been found.

The LAPD refused to comment when pressed on the matter, reiterating only that she has been "found and is safe."

Tanya vanished on Thursday in the Hollywood Bowl area of LA. She was last seen leaving her apartment but reportedly left without her cellphone or purse.

Concerned family and friends spread the word of her disappearance with the hashtag #FindTanyaFear and set up a dedicated Twitter account to share updates on the search.

The star's cousin said that Fear was reportedly sighted at a Trader Joe’s supermarket in Santa Monica on Sunday.

It is unclear where the actress was when she was located on Monday.

No further details have been released by investigators.


Tanya's manager, Alex Cole, said the star seemed fine when he saw her just days before she vanished.

"Since she's been here, she's had a great career and this is just the beginning," he told KABC-TV on Sunday.

"We're obviously concerned and [hope] we find out this is a simple mistake and we find her."

Fear, whose real name is Tanyaradzwa, is best known for her portrayals of Dr. Jade McIntyre on a 2018 episode of "Doctor Who" and Harlow in "Kick-Ass 2."

She traded the UK for Los Angeles several years ago, having previously studied at Kings' College University in London.

Fear had just begun working in stand-up comedy at the time of her disappearance, her family said.

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