Dow Jones offers reward for info on WSJ reporter David Bird, missing since January

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Dow Jones & Co. is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Wall Street Journal reporter David Bird, who disappeared Jan. 11 while taking a walk near his home in New Jersey, a local newspaper reported.

Mr. Bird, a 55-year-old Boy Scout leader and marathoner, had a liver transplant nearly 10 years ago and was recovering from a gastrointestinal virus at the time of his disappearance. He’s required to take medication twice a day, and he did not take his medication with him when he left for the walk, the Echoes-Sentinel reported.

Expansive searches have yielded no sign of Mr. Bird, and law enforcement haven’t yet ruled out foul play.

“There’s no evidence that David was a victim of foul play,” family friend and spokeswoman Carolyn Buscarino told the paper. “But there’s also no evidence he wasn’t. The $10,000 reward is meant to encourage any witnesses who may have seen something to come forward with information that will help end the family’s agony of uncertainty. The Bird family is incredibly grateful to Dow Jones & Co. for its generosity and support.”

Sources close to the family told NBC News in January that Mr. Bird’s credit card was used in Mexico after his disappearance. The family feared the energy reporter’s coverage of OPEC may have been related to his disappearance.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Long Hill Township Police at 908/647-1800.

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