Former MTV VJ Jesse Camp missing in California

Posted at 3:23 PM, Jul 24, 2018

Josiah "Jesse" Camp is seen in a photo released by the Riverside Police Department on July 23, 2018.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A former MTV VJ who was last seen in the Inland Empire has been reported as a missing person, the Riverside Police Department said on Monday.

Josiah "Jesse" Camp, 38,  was reported missing on Thursday by his sister after family had not heard from him in about a week, Riverside police said in a news release. Camp, who appeared as an MTV VJ in the late 90s and early 2000s, gained fame after hosting several shows and winning MTV's Wanna Be a VJ contest.

Police said Camp was reportedly seen in Fontana on Thursday morning before he was reported missing.

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

"There does not appear to be anything suspicious at this time regarding Jesse being missing other than his ceased contact with family and friends," Riverside police said in the statement.

Josiah "Jesse" Camp was the first winner of MTV's "Wanna Be a VJ" contest. (Credit: Riverside Police Department)

Jesse Camp won MTV's "Wanna be a VJ" contest in 1998. Since his time at the network, Camp attempted a career as a recording artist but quickly removed himself from the public eye.

Camp is described as white, standing 6 feet 5 inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.