Former MTV star Jesse Camp is missing, family says he possibly gave away clothes and cellphone before disappearing

A California man who briefly rose to fame during the heyday of MTV’s “Total Request Live” was reported missing last Thursday.

Page Six reports that a spokesperson for the Riverside Police Department confirmed that the former MTV VJ was reported missing on July 19 by his sister. 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. When a former girlfriend tried to call Camp, an unknown person answered his phone and said Camp gave away the phone, as well as three bags of his clothing and property.

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Camp’s sister reportedly told police he’d been depressed lately but it’s not clear whether he expressed any suicidal thoughts.

Camp, whose known to be popular among “transients and homeless people” who hang out by a Sherwin Williams store in the Fontana area, was homeless himself in 1998 when he won MTV’s contest, “Wanna Be a VJ.” He left the show in 1999 and released a debut album,”Jesse and the Street Kids.” Since then, he’s had a few minor run-ins with law enforcement, according to CBS.

The family continues to reach out on social media for any information that leads to Camp’s whereabouts.

Police indicated they aren’t sure if Camp is still in the local area. Anyone who spots him or knows of his whereabout is urged to contact a local police department.

[Feature Photo: Jesse Camp via AP/Nick Ut/FILE]