Riverside, California, is investigating the disappearance of former MTV video jockey Josiah Camp, better known as Jesse Camp.
Officer Ryan J. Railsback, a spokesman for the Riverside Police Department, confirmed Variety was reported missing from his sister Mariah's camp on July 19, after he had failed to respond to calls from himself and responding to other family members, which they think is unusual.
Although he does not live in Riverside, Camp was known to visit the city and surrounding areas, and was apparently last seen there. Although his sister remarked that Camp "may have been a little bit depressed lately," Railback said, other behaviors that could have contributed to his disappearance were not specified.
Mariah Camp also went to social media for help finding Jesse. In an Instagram story titled "SOS !!!!" she wrote, "If anyone has heard or seen of my brother Jesse since Saturday, please, please, please, call me or ask him to call home !!!" 1
Camp was the first winner of MTV's "Wanna Be a VJ" competition in 1998, challenging the musical knowledge of its nominees and their on-air personalities. Camp received $ 25,000 in prize money and a one-year VJ contract with MTV's Total Request Live.
After his contract with "TRL" ended, Camp used his fame to begin a short-lived career as a rock musician, a record called "Jesse & the 8th Street Kidz," which included a duet between Camp and Stevie Nicks.