Police & Fire

David Bird Still Missing, Search Continues in New Jersey

Credits: Long Hill Police
Credits: Long Hill Police
Credits: Brenda A. Nemcek
Credits: Long Hill Poloce

MILLINGTON, NJ -  David Bird is still missing. New Jersey State Police TEAMS Unit continued to search the Passaic river today.

The reported credit card use remains unconfirmed.

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announced today that a multi-agency search is continuing for David Bird, date of birth September 6, 1958.  The Long Hill Township Police Department has been the lead agency in these efforts.
David Bird was last seen leaving his home on Long Hill Road, in the Millington section of Long Hill Township, New Jersey, on the afternoon of Saturday, January 11.  According to family members he was going for a walk, but never returned.
Bird is approximately 6'1 and 200 pounds with short gray hair, blue eyes, a beard, glasses and a scar on his abdomen. He has been mssing since approximately 4:30 p .m. on Jan.11 when he went out for a walk wearing a red hooded sweatshirt with yellow zippers and blue jeans. He is an avid walker and distance runner. There is a possibility due to a medical condition that he may be disoriented or confused. He is not dangerous.

 It is thought he was walking behind Millington School at Hick's Track. Neighboring communites, especially Warren Township and BernardsTownship, are asked  to share this information with friends and family and check outbuildings for any sign of Bird. Information and two sightings in Warren Township and Bernards Township  suggest Bird may be walking in the area of Bernards Township, Warren Township and Long Hill Township. A person matching his description was seen by two different people in two different locations in the area of King George Road in Basking Ridge and Warren Township.
The Missing Persons flyer is posted at all of the registers at Shop Rite and other local busnesses, and local residents were alerted via emergency phone mesage Wednesday night to continue to share Bird's descripton.
A large contingent of members of the all volunteer and civilian Long Hill Township Community Emergency Response Team have been working non-stop since Sunday morning assisting law enforcement and other assets with everything from search operations, providing food, distributing flyers over a large area, and many other things. The Long Hill Police Department posted a message thanking them saying, 'We are glad to have them as part of our team and appreciate their continued help and dedication more that they can know."
Police ask residents in the area to check their properties for any unusual activity, including checking enclosed areas such as garages, boats, sheds, and cars. In addition, the Investigative Team in Long Hill Twp. has requested that all businesses and residents in Millington, Basking Ridge, and Warren Township check their home and business security surveillance videos for any evidence that missng man David Bird walked past their house or business. 
The following agencies are involved in the search: Long Hill Township Police Department, Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Morris County Department of Law and Public Safety-Office of Emergency Management, New Jersey State Police, Morris County Park Police, Harding Township Police Department, Bernards Township Police Department, Warren Township Police Department, New Jersey State Park Police, Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Millington Fire Department, Stirling Fire Department, Warren Fire Department, Liberty Corner Fire Department, New Vernon Fire Department, Chatham Township Fire Department, New Providence Fire Department, Berkeley Heights Fire Department, Somerset County Department of Public Safety, Parsippany Search Rescue and Recovery, Whippany Swift Water, Boonton Dive Team, Pequannock Dive Team, Jefferson Dive Team, Picatinny Dive Team, U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, United States Veterans Administration Police and Fire – Lyons, NJ, Long Hill First Aid Squad, Long Hill Township Office of Emergency Management, the Salvation Army, Long Hill Community Emergency Response Team Volunteers, and  the Warren Township Community Emergency Response Team.
If anyone has any information regarding Bird’s whereabouts, they are asked to call the Long Hill Township Police Department at (908) 647-1800, Option 1, Extension 236

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