Body found in SF Pier 39 belongs to radio host JV

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The body of radio host Jeffrey “JV” Vandergrift was found in the San Francisco Bay by Pier 39 on Wednesday, the Chief Medical Examiner confirms. 

The discovery marks the end of the month-long search for the radio host. 

Vandergrift was reported missing to the San Francisco Police Department on February 23. 

Police found his body before 5 p.m. Wednesday and said there was no sign of foul play. The official cause of death is still not released. 

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner notified Vandergrift’s family. Natasha Yi is his wife and “The JV Show” co-host.

On March 1, Yi said personal information indicating “JV will not be coming back” had been found. Yi wrote, “I tell you this with incredible pain and sadness in my heart. My heart is utterly broken.” She thanked friends and radio listeners “for your love, support and prayers. I can feel your love and energy for JV, and I am so grateful for it.”

On the same day he disappeared, Vandergrift hosted his radio show and spoke about suffering from Lyme disease. “The body and the pain and all that stuff, I can handle. What it’s doing to my brain, I could never describe to you,” JV said.

In a blog post titled “JV’s Journey,” he described “strange surges in my head,” brain fog, anxiety, and depression. The Fremont native was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2021.

WiLD 94.9 wrote in a statement Thursday, “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. JV, we’ll miss you. You are forever a Bay Area Icon.”


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.