When I was in 9th grade, I had a picture of Jesse Camp taped up in my locker, and since I lived in Canada and didn’t have MTV at the time, I only really knew him as “that hot skinny lizard man with the hair.” I’ve got some bad news for myself and 9th grade me: Jesse Camp is currently missing.
Billboard reports that Jesse’s sister Marisha posted an Instagram Story last Thursday asking if anyone had seen her brother Jesse, who had apparently gone missing the Saturday before.
One of the crew has gone #missing share this if you’ve got the reach & can spread 2 more people. @porcelainblack #jessecamp #NY #DTLA contact @marisharocks with #information. pic.twitter.com/AuPqKLMKUh
— devin Szell (@devinSzell) July 20, 2018
Police tell Page Six that 38-year-old Jesse was reported missing on July 19th by his family. Jesse usually called his mother once a week, and when their weekly phone call didn’t happen around the 11th or 12th, she became worried. He was last seen about a week ago in Riverside, California. On Monday, his sister posted the following call to action to help bring Jesse home:
“What he needs more than anything is kindness and love. Please keep him in your prayers. If you see him, please let him know that many, many people care. (He does not need to be the subject of tabloid journalism, making everything worse).”
Page Six says that Jesse hasn’t been spotted in any hospitals or jails, so his whereabouts is truly a mystery. But that doesn’t mean the police hasn’t seen Jesse. According to The Blast, Jesse was stopped by police in Fontana, California just a few hours before his sister reported him missing. Jesse was on a bike near a hardware store that has a reputation as a transient hangout, and the police did a check to see who he was and if he was okay. Jesse was sent on his way. His sister was prompted to call the police after a friend called Jesse’s cellphone and a stranger picked up (the stranger claimed Jesse gave him his phone and clothing).
Jesse – real name Josiah – became famous in 1998 after he became the first winner of MTV’s Wanna Be A VJ contest. He went on to host 21 episodes of TRL. As you can see from the picture above, he’s also a collector of some amazing jackets. Jackets I really hope are still hanging in his closet and weren’t given away to a stranger outside of a hardware store. Jesse, come get your jackets, they need you. If that doesn’t bring Jesse home, maybe MTV can step in and help encourage him to come back by calling up the band Eve 6 and asking them to quickly film a video for a new song. “Who will introduce this video? If only Jesse Camp were here. No Carson Daly, GET AWAY.”