In a statement released on Wednesday, the wife of missing San Francisco radio anchor Jeffrey Vandergrift said she now believes her husband will not make a successful recovery.
Natasha Yi posted a statement on social media and the WiLD 94.9 website saying, “JV and I have always seen of this community as part of our family, so I want to let you know that personal information has just been discovered that causes us to believe JV will not be coming back.”
‘The JV Show’ co-host Vandergrift, 54, was last seen at his San Francisco home on February 23, according to a news release from the San Francisco Police Department on Friday. According to the police, Vandergrift was deemed “at-risk.”
Yi stated that although there is no suspicion of foul play in Vandergrift’s absence, the SFPD still considers him to be missing.
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We are tremendously grateful for the SFPD’s continuous efforts to find JV, but she requested that we only share some information with her immediate family. “Please know that I have you in my thoughts. I know how terrible this is for you to hear.” Yi said, “My heart is completely broken, and the grief feels excruciating.
Everybody who has listened to the show for the previous year knows that JV has gone through an intense struggle with Lyme disease, the radio station said at the conclusion of the statement on its website.
The radio personality had discussed his battle with the illness, which is often transmitted to people by a tick bite and can cause severe symptoms like excruciating headaches, rashes, joint pain, dizziness, and exhaustion.
Yi thanked the audience for their outpouring of sympathy for the “physical suffering” her husband had endured over the previous two years in her statement.
It’s unclear whether Vandergrift’s medical problems were related to his disappearance. Anybody with information that can aid the hunt is urged by San Francisco police to phone the SFPD tip line at 514-575-4444 or text TIP411.