The body of Wall Street Journal’s energy reporter David Bird, 55, who went missing since January 2014 was found near his home in the Passaic River in New Jersey and it was identified through dental records, said police.
His wife Nancy Bird reported to the police that her husband went out for a walk on January 11, 2014 but never returned, prompting the police and the community launch a massive search in the waters for few weeks in vain. The FBI, which got involved in the case was said to be tracking a lead that his credit card had been used in Mexico.
A reward of $10,000 has been announced by the family for any clue and the relatives and friends raised $35,000 to fund the search operation for the journalist. Ironic but the family said they launched even a website FindDavidBird.info just few hours before the body was found.
“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,” said the family on the website’s opening page, announcing the funeral arrangements.
It said visitation hours will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at the Church of St. Vincent de Paul, 249 Bebout Avenue, Stirling, NJ, 07980 and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Richard Carton on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 11:00 a.m., also at St. Vincent de Paul Church. (Internment will be private.)
David Bird had worked for the prestigious Wall Street Journal for over two decades and covered energy sector intensely during the 1990s. He became deputy editor for the Dow Jones Energy Service, a sister concern of the WSJ.
Prio to WSJ, Bird worked with the Fort Myers News-Press, The Times of Trenton, the Lawrence Ledger, AP/Dow Jones, McGraw Hill News, and Knight-Ridder.
A 1980 journalism graduate from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ, David graduated from Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville in 1976. He married Nancy Fleming, another Irish origin and travel enthusiast, in 1991 and they had two children Alex (17) and Tasha (14).
David underwent a liver transplant a decade ago and was active in charity work on organ and tissue donations.