SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — For those people who love and admire longtime San Francisco radio host Jeffrey “JV” Vandergrift, the earlier 8 times have been agonizing.
The popular WiLD 94.9 host vanished on February 23, the same working day he hosted his display. He was claimed as missing to the San Francisco Police Department that night time and law enforcement categorized him as “at-danger.” He was final noticed leaving his house on the 200 block of King Street in San Francisco at 10 p.m.
For the duration of his February 23 episode, Vandergrift spoke candidly to WiLD 94.9 listeners about his the latest overall health struggles with Lyme sickness.
“The things I’ve been likely by means of in my brain that they’re trying to determine out. The overall body and the pain and all that things, I can cope with. What it is undertaking to my mind, I could never ever explain to you,” he claimed. Medical practitioners suspected old bacterial infections had “reignited,” JV explained to listeners.
The 54-yr-old Fremont indigenous was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2021.
According to the CDC, Lyme condition can develop into continual, and an an infection can distribute to joints, the heart, and the nervous technique. Symptoms can include things like dizziness, tiredness, and anxiousness.
In a blog site publish titled “JV’s Journey,” he wrote that he knowledgeable “strange surges in my head,” brain fog, stress, and depression. His signs and symptoms grew more and more worse around several months. He wrote in the 2022 weblog post, “If you are emotion overly pressured, nervous, frustrated or possessing thoughts of suicide, I assure you are not on your own.”
Natasha Yi mentioned her spouse experienced “physical torture” above the previous two many years.
Yi also shared a heart-wrenching update on the lookup for JV Wednesday evening.
“JV and I have usually deemed this group aspect of our spouse and children, so I want to allow you know that own info has not long ago been found out that leads us to imagine JV will not be coming back again. I tell you this with amazing suffering and sadness in my heart. My heart is utterly damaged,” Yi wrote on Twitter.
Yi stated her spouse is nonetheless regarded missing by SFPD, and there is no foul engage in suspected in his disappearance.
Yi thanked good friends and radio listeners “for your adore, aid and prayers. I can really feel your adore and power for JV, and I am so grateful for it.”
JV is most effective recognised for “The Pet Home,” a morning exhibit he produced when he was 25. It was his desire to host his have San Francisco radio clearly show, in accordance to his biography. He fell in like with radio whilst he was a student at Fremont Higher University.
Vandergrift also employed to have a segment on KRON4’s morning newscast titled “Check-in With WiLD 94.9’s JV.” KRON4 News Anchor Darya Folsom and JV put in lots of mornings laughing jointly in excess of the air and sharing light-weight-hearted stories.
“The Pet House” sooner or later turned the greatest-rated morning display in the record of San Francisco radio. His recent early morning radio display, “The JV Exhibit,” capabilities Yi, Graham, and Selena as co-hosts.
Selena and Graham said the previous 7 days felt surreal with JV lacking. They broke down into tears although on the air for Thursday’s exhibit as they read through the somber update from JV’s wife.
Graham explained, “He’s been a element of so a lot of people’s lives. So many men and women have explained, ‘I hardly ever met JV personally, but I know him personally. I really feel like I know him.’ That is what tends to make this even much more complicated.”
“Radio was JV’s lifestyle. He gave his all. I am blown absent at what he was equipped to place forward on the air. I will for good be in awe,” Graham claimed.
Just one listener who identified as into the exhibit stated she grew up listening to JV on “The Canine Property,” and now her kids hear to “The JV Clearly show.”
Selena said, “JV was a ideal close friend to all of us. He’s the man or woman I’d go to, to come to feel superior, simply because he knew how to make me smile yet again. He was usually so open up and clear and type.”
The investigation into his disappearance is ongoing. Any individual with facts about the search for Vandergrift is questioned to call the San Francisco Police Office at 415-575-4444.