San Francisco-based WiLD 94.9’s radio host Jeffrey Vandergrift was found dead a month after he went missing, The PEOPLE reported, citing the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Officer. He was 55 years old.
The Medical Examiner’s Officer in the statement said that the radio host’s family has been notified. San Francisco Police Department also told PEOPLE that a body was found on Wednesday afternoon. They added that there is no evidence of foul play.
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“On March 22, 2023, at approximately 4:56 p.m. San Francisco Police officers responded to Pier 39 regarding a person in the water. Officers arrived on scene and located a person in the water,” Public Information Officer Niccole Pacchetti said.
“Officers and medics from the San Francisco Fire Department retrieved the person who was confirmed deceased at the scene. At this time, we have no evidence of foul play.”
Vandergrift went missing last month. Police was notified on February 24. He had posted a concerning Instagram update thanking his followers for “a wonderful life-filed w joy, laughs, pain & struggle.” The 55-year-old further changed his Twitter location to “the other side”.
“The stuff I’ve been going through in my brain that they’re trying to figure out. Ugh,” he said during what would be his final show.
The radio station in a Twitter post said: “With a heavy heart, we must confirm that the body found near Pier 39 on Wednesday afternoon has been identified as our dear friend, family member & colleague, JV. We are devastated to know now that JV is gone. Please keep his wife Natasha, his family, and close friends in your thoughts and prayers.”
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Who is Natasha Yi?
Natasha Yi, Vandergrift’s wife, had posted about his struggles on social media.
“Thank you to our friends and the entire i-HeartRadio family and listeners for your love, support and prayers. I can feel your love and energy for JV, and I am so grateful for it. The amount of compassion for the physical torture JV has been going through for the past 2 years has been overwhelming,” she said in an Instagram post on March 2.
Yi describes herself as an actor, model and radio host. Her Instagram bio says that she is a part time action hero.