The ground search for David Bird, the Wall Street Journal energy reporter who went missing from his Millington, N.J., home on Jan. 11, will resume on Tuesday, March 25.
The Long Hill Township Police Department, the local New Jersey police force that has been leading the investigation, posted an announcement on its Facebook page early Tuesday morning: “With the assistance of the New Jersey Search and Rescue Group, ground crews and dogs will be searching areas of the Hicks Tract and other areas Mr. Bird had been know [sic] to frequent.”
Last week, Long Hill Police Lt. Ahmed Naga told IBTimes that the department was “in the process of gathering our resources,” explaining that it was relying on an outside agency to provide a K-9 unit for the search.
The Facebook announcement included an update on the overall investigation, which has uncovered very few leads:
During the winter months and extreme weather the investigatory portion of the investigation had continued. All leads were followed up on and unfortunately there has been no confirmed information that would assist with locating David Bird. Without speculating there is no current information to assume the reason for his disappearance had any certain course of action, whether it is from his own free will, or the actions of others, an accidental occurrence, or an act of nature.
David Bird’s wife, Nancy Bird, was the first to comment on the update.
“Thank you! Praying for your safety as you search, the wisdom to look in places that haven't been searched before, the courage to look somewhere you don't want to and the strength to be out there everyday until David is found,” she wrote. “God Bless you.”
David Bird, a veteran energy reporter for the Wall Street Journal, left home for what was expected be a short walk on Jan. 11 and never returned. A liver transplant recipient, he is required to take anti-rejection medication twice a day. He did not have the medication with him when he went out for a walk and had left his cell phone charging at home.
Early on in the investigation, a report surfaced that Bird’s credit card number had been used in Mexico a few days after his disappearance. As IBTimes noted in a previous story, Lt. Naga explained that the credit card transaction in question involved only Bird’s credit card number, not the physical card itself, leading investigators to believe that Bird had been the victim of an unrelated identity theft. Lt. Naga also dismissed rumors that Bird’s coverage of OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) was connected to his disappearance.
The Long Hill Police announcement said that all further media inquiries “will be fulfilled by Facebook updates. Any and all updates will be posted as we have additional information to share. All accurate and confirmed information has been shared at this time.”