Wall Street Journal reporter David Bird missing after going for a walk

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Volunteers and local authorities are looking David Bird, who went missing Saturday afternoon.   (Courtesy  Wall Street Journal)

NEW YORK (PIX11) – Authorities in New Jersey are searching for a veteran Wall Street Journal reporter who vanished on Saturday.

David Bird, 55,  mysteriously disappeared after leaving his home in Long Hill Township, N.J.  for a walk Saturday afternoon around 4:30 p.m., according to Long Hill police.

Morris County ice search and rescue team are currently searching waters near the missing newsman’s home.

The veteran journalist, who is married and has two children,  is an avid hiker who was recuperating from a gastrointestinal virus before he went missing.

He also underwent a liver transplant nine years ago, which requires him to take anti-rejection medication in the morning and evening.

He left his home wearing a red jacket, and left his cell phone behind.

In a statement, the Bird family said they are enormously appreciative of the incredible efforts being undertaken by law enforcement and volunteers to find David, and are anxious to receive definitive information on his whereabouts. They are deeply moved by the outpouring of concern and prayers from the community and so many well-wishers, and they want to convey their most heartfelt thanks to all.

If anyone has any leads or information, contact the Long Hill Township Police Department at 908-647-1800.

Wall Street Journal managing editor Gerard Baker also issued a statement:

“Mr. Bird is a longtime member of the Down Jones newsroom. Our thoughts are with his family and we are working with the Long Hill Township Police Department as they continue their search.”