MILLINGTON, NJ - Today marks the 13th day of the search since David Bird, the 55-year-old Wall Street Journal reporter and father of two, was reported missing Jan. 11.
The Morris County Prosecutor's Office said Wednesday that there's no new information in the search and investigators are still focused on the same area around Bird's home in the Millington section of Long Hill Township.
The search was suspended during Tuesday's snowstorm, and police planned to continue searching the area as soon as conditions improved.
Authorities were following up on investigatory leads during the storm.
Bird was last seen leaving his home on Long Hill Road in Millington on the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 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.
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 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 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, Ext. 236.