Published: Tue, July 24, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Police Investigate Disappearance of Former MTV VJ Jesse Camp

Police Investigate Disappearance of Former MTV VJ Jesse Camp

Former MTV star, VJ, and musician Jesse Camp is reportedly missing.

The New York Post's Page Six column reported Monday, citing the Riverside Police Department in California, that the former TV star whose real name is Josiah Camp has not been seen for nearly two weeks.

Friends and family said he's been spending a lot of his time lately checking in on his elderly mom via phone calls but around July 11 or July 12, the calls stopped. The circumstances seem unusual, and a police spokesperson told PageSix that Camp's sister stated he had been feeling depressed recently.

Camp was also recently in Riverside and is possibly a transient who is known to frequent motels throughout the Inland Empire, according to police.

Camp, 38, first rose to fame in 1998 when he became an MTV VJ after winning the network's first "Wanna Be a VJ" contest, Page Six reports.

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Several social media users asked followers to spread the word about Jesse's disappearance, and posted comments on his Instagram account which was last updated May 20.

Camp's sister, Marisha Camp, first reported her brother was missing on Facebook, reports The Blast. He has not been located in any local hospitals or jails.

An ex-girlfriend also told police that when she tried to call his cell phone, a stranger said Camp had given him the phone and three bags filled with personal belongings.

In 2015, he appeared on HuffPost Live to discuss his drug use and claimed he was sober since 2009. He went on to host TRL and then pursued a music career with his 1999 debut album Jesse & the 8th Street Kidz. At one point, he told the paper, "I'm zipping it 'cause I am on a very bad acid trip at the moment and I think I'm being interviewed for the New York Post - so clearly I'm not in my right head".

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