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We are deeply saddened by the news from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office that the body found in the Passaic River on the evening of March 18, 2015 (the same day this website was launched) has been identified as David Bird.

David Bird is 6’1″ approximately 200 pounds with blue eyes and gray hair. He was wearing a bright red rain jacket with two (2) yellow zippers in the front, blue jeans and sneakers.  He was last seen on Saturday, January 11, 2014 in Millington, NJ walking on foot in the area of the intersection of Northfield Rd. and Long Hill Rd.

A $10,000 reward is offered for information leading to the specific location and discovery of David Bird. This reward shall only be payable to any person or persons for relevant and useful information that leads law enforcement to the location and/or return of David Bird. This reward, provided by David Bird’s employer, Dow Jones & Co., is limited to a $10,000 total in the event of multiple claimants to the reward. Call Long Hill Twp. Police Department with any leads or information: 908-647-1800

On January 11, 2014, David Bird was having a typical Saturday at home. He was recovering from a gastrointestinal virus but was feeling better and was going about his normal routines. It was raining off and on all day and around noon, David put on his red raincoat and went to get a haircut.  He was only gone a short time and when he returned he began helping the kids and I undecorate our Christmas tree.  He helped for a while and then he decided to tend to some things in his home office.  I asked him to send some family photos to my brother, he submitted his travel expenses to work and he was preparing for his Monday morning appointment with his transplant doctor in NYC.  All normal.

Around 4:00pm, David took the tree outside to the curb and came back in.  There was a break in the weather, it had stopped raining and it was very warm out but you could tell a storm was coming.  I went out on the porch to unplug the Christmas lights and David came out wearing his red raincoat that he had on earlier.   He asked if I wanted to take the lights down now, and I said, “no, we can do that tomorrow, I just want to unplug them.”  He said, “ok, well I’m going to go for a walk then before the storm comes.”

I said, “ok”. There was nothing unusual about David wanting to go for a walk.  He takes walks all the time, so do I.  Often on the weekend, we would walk together but I was tired and really just wanted to take a nap.   Which is exactly what I did. I woke to the sound of a text on my phone.  I was startled that it was dark and raining and I hadn’t heard David come home. I thought that must be him texting me.  It wasn’t.   I got concerned and looked through the house for him, thinking he came in the back door and didn’t want to disturb me sleeping.   He wasn’t in the house.  The kids were home and they didn’t see him either.  I searched again and that’s when I saw his phone, charging in his home office.  I panicked knowing I couldn’t even call him. That’s when I called the police and our world turned upside down.

David is still missing and is very much missed. If you have any information on the whereabouts of David Bird, PLEASE contact the Long Hill Police Dept at 908-647-1800.

Thank you.

Nancy Bird