Searchers Retrace Steps of Missing Wall Street Journal Reporter

The family of a Wall Street Journal reporter missing since January appealed Thursday for neighbors in New Jersey to search their property and their memories for any trace of him.

David Bird, 55, went out for a short walk 111 days ago — without his cellphone or the medicine he takes for his liver transplant — and simply vanished.

The hunt for him was suspended for several weeks this winter because of bad weather and resumed in late March, but has yielded no clues, his family said in a statement.

"The Long Hill Township Police investigate each and every lead," family spokeswoman Carolyn Buscarino said, asking the public to look in yards, outbuildings and nearby woods for the veteran journalist, who covers OPEC.


A Boy Scout leader and experienced hiker, Bird disappeared after taking a break from putting away Christmas decorations to get some fresh air before an expected rainstorm, his wife has said.

"Since there is no evidence Mr. Bird left the vicinity after he was last seen, ground crews and dogs are retracing the steps of earlier searches in and around Hicks Tract and other areas Mr. Bird has been known to frequent on walks and hikes," Buscarino's statement said.

"Over time, the search will expand until all areas within a three-mile radius of Mr. Bird's home, including parts of the Great Swamp, have been thoroughly combed."

— Tracy Connor