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Credit Card Records Surface in David Bird Disappearance

Search for David Bird along the Passaic River in Long Hill
Search for David Bird along the Passaic River in Long Hill (Long Hill Police via Facebook)

Credit card records have raised new questions about the disappearance of a Wall Street Journal reporter, missing from his Long Hill home since going for a walk last Saturday.  But police say foul play is unlikely.

David Bird
David Bird (Facebook)

David Bird, 55, continues to be the subject of a search involving dozens of police officers, rescue workers and volunteers.

According to NBC News, records show one of Bird’s credit cards has been used in Mexico; and some family members suspect his disappearance may be tied to his coverage of OPEC.

However, Long Hill police Chief Michael Mazzeo says there’s no evidence of foul play.  The Long Valley Police Facebook page posts, “We still have search crews in town searching some wetlands and river areas.” Much of the search Thursday focused on an area around the Passaic River in the Morris County community.

“There is a logical path from Lord Stirling Road through the Passaic River to his house,”  Long Hill Police Lt. Ahmed Naga told MyCentralJersey.com. “We’ve searched the area before but we’re double and triple checking everything. This lead makes the most sense, and it’s treacherous with ice and breakage.”

The department posted a flyer on Wednesday with Bird’s picture, urging people to share it. “Several good leads have come in that investigators are working on so please bring any and all information you feel may be important to our attention,” the department stated on the Facebook page.

The Wall Street Journal says Bird is a liver transplant recipient who takes medication twice a day. His wife, Nancy Bird, says he didn’t have the medication with him and could become ill without it.

He was wearing a bright red jacket, blue jeans, sneakers and glasses when he was last seen. Bird is described as a balding white male with a gray goatee and gray hair, 6’1 tall.

Anyone with information about Bird is asked to phone 908-647-1800, Option 1, Ext. 236.

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