BY BOB HOLT
The search is continuing for a Long Hill Township journalist who has now been missing for six days.
David Bird, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal for over 20 years, has been gone since Saturday afternoon.
USA Today reported that Bird, 55, went out for an afternoon walk after fighting an intestinal virus and did not come back. After Bird didn't return in two hours, his wife contacted police. Nancy Bird said that David Bird is a liver transplant patient who needs regular medication.
Long Hill Police Chief Michael Mazzeo said Bird was known for taking walks "at extended miles and for hours, " Fox News reported. Mazzeo said police were afraid Bird may have collapsed in the area around his home. "We’ve been searching portions of the Passaic River in the event that he may have slipped and fell into the water," Mazzeo said. "We've searched all of the roadsides to see if someone hit him with a car because some of these roads are pitch black."
The Daily Record reported that about 30 Long Hill and Basking Ridge Police Department officers searched for Bird on foot Wednesday. About 200 officers and volunteers were searching for Bird Saturday night, and more than 200 looked for him on Sunday and Monday.
Bird covers energy markets for the Wall Street Journal, and has also worked for the Trenton Times and the Associated Press. Wall Street Journal managing editor Gerard Baker said, according to the paper, "Mr. Bird is a longtime member of the Dow Jones newsroom. Our thoughts are with his family and we are working with the Long Hill Township Police Department as they continue their search."
He was known to walk 20 miles, and ran the New York City Marathon in 2013, according to the Daily Record. People who may have any information regarding Bird are being asked to call the Long Hill Township Police Department at 908-647-1800, option 1, extension 236.