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An energy reporter for the Wall Street Journal left his home to go for a walk six days ago, and hasn’t yet returned.
On Saturday, January 11, 2014, 55-year-old David Bird had been putting away Christmas decorations with his wife when he decided to go for a walk before an impending rainstorm was due to hit. He left their house in New Jersey at about 4:30 PM. When he still hadn’t returned by 6 PM, his wife called police to report him missing.
David left his cell phone, along with his liver transplant medication he takes twice daily, at home. Without the medication, David may be disoriented.
According to NBC News, who cites a source close to the family, David’s credit card was reportedly used in Mexico on Wednesday night. When I first heard that, I thought that maybe David had left on his own and had taken off to Mexico, but that scenario doesn’t make a whole lot of sense when you consider the fact that he didn’t have his medication on him. Not only that, but if you’re trying to skip town and start over somewhere else, you probably wouldn’t use your credit cards, which can be easily traced. I should also point out that I have yet to see that this new info has been confirmed by police.
It could be as simple as David getting lost in the swampy area near his home, which actually isn’t that uncommon. Below is a map of the general area where he went missing from, and if you scroll around, you can see all the trails and swampy areas nearby.
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A massive search has been underway in the surrounding area of David’s home, including the use of sonar equipment to search under the ice on the Passaic River. The Long Hill Township Police Department has been detailing their search efforts on their Facebook page.
The FBI is also assisting in the investigation.
According to reports, David’s family believes his disappearance may be related to his recent Wall Street Journal coverage of OPEC, a collection of oil-rich countries.
David was last seen wearing a bright red jacket with yellow zippers. Anyone with information, please call (908)647-1800, Option 1, Ext. 236.
UPDATE: 3/19/15 4:36 PM CST
According to media reports, David’s body has been found in the Passaic River, and his family has been notified. From CNN:
In a statement, Bird family spokesperson Carolyn Buscarino expressed thanks to “the many members of law enforcement,” as well as to “the countless friends, neighbors and strangers who have prayed for David and for the family over the past 14 months.”
David’s body was found Wednesday by two men who were canoeing in the river.
No word on cause of death.
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