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Missing Reporter's Family 'Desperate to Have Him Back'

Long Hill residents keep lights on for David Bird, sister-in-law tells Fox News.

David Bird. Courtesy of Long Hill Police Department
David Bird. Courtesy of Long Hill Police Department
More than two weeks since Long Hill resident David Bird was reported missing, his family still is trying to figure out where he is, and they are "desperate to have him back," his sister-in-law told Fox News this week.

Chris Fleming appeared on the news channel Monday, and said police have told the family to stay positive.

She said they have no clue what happened to Bird, a 55-year-old Wall Street Journal reporter and Boy Scout leader.

"That's what makes it so desperate and agonizing for the family is we just have no idea," she said. "David simply went out for a walk."

She said the community has embraced the family. Residents in the Millington section of Long Hill, where they live, are keeping lights on for Bird, she said.

Asked about an unconfirmed report Bird's credit card was used in Mexico, Fleming said nothing has been verified.

The Long Hill Police Department said this week additional K-9 units are assisting with the search.

Bird was reported missing Jan. 11. The married father of two children reportedly headed to the trails of the Hicks Tract where he was known to walk. Police have said he disappeared without a trace, and without giving any indication of having a reason to disappear.

Bird is described as 55 years old, 200 pounds, and 6 feet, 1-inch tall, and was wearing a red jacket, blue jeans, sneakers and glasses. He received a liver transplant nine years ago and could become disoriented without taking medication related to the transplant, police have said.

Authorities have asked residents to be vigilant when checking their property for signs of unusual disturbances. Anyone with information can call the Long Hill Township Police Department at 908-647-1800 ext. 0.

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