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Police Search For Millington Man Missing Since Saturday Afternoon

David Bird (credit: Long Hill Township Police Department)

David Bird (credit: Long Hill Township Police Department)

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LONG HILL, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Police in New Jersey are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing father of two who vanished after going for a walk in Millington over the weekend.

David Bird, 55, a reporter for Dow Jones, was last seen leaving his home on Long Hill Road at 4 p.m. Saturday.

“He advised his wife he was going out for a short walk, he left his cellphone and charger and he has never returned,” Long Hill Township Police Chief Michael Mazzeo told 1010 WINS. “We’re out trying to gather as much intelligence through his computer, through his cellphone, through information provided by his wife, family and friends.”

Police have scoured the area and hundreds of volunteers searched the trails on Hicks Tract, a small wooded area where Bird regularly walks, on Sunday.

The search resumed Monday morning.

“Information and two sightings in Warren Township and Bernards Township suggest he may be walking in the area of Bernards Township, Warren Township and Long Hill Township,” Long Hill Township Police wrote on their Facebook page Monday.

David Bird (credit: Long Hill Township Police Department)

David Bird (credit: Long Hill Township Police Department)

Bird is the recipient of a liver transplant and missed his regular medication at 8 p.m. Saturday, police said.

“He just celebrated his nine year anniversary since his transplant,” family friend Jacquie Petras told 1010 WINS. “He had, that day, written a letter to the donor family, which he does every year at this time, just thanking them and showing tremendous gratitude for the gift of life.”

Due to his medical condition, Bird may be confused and disoriented, police said. He is not dangerous.

Bird was last seen wearing a distinct bright red jacket with two yellow zippers, blue jeans, sneakers and glasses.

He is described as a white male, 6-foot-1 and approximately 200 pounds, partially balding with gray hair and a gray goatee, police said.

Police said they don’t consider the disappearance suspicious.

They’re asking neighbors to check around their homes in the event Bird got sick and was looking for shelter during Saturday’s heavy rain.

Residents with home surveillance are also asked to review their video feeds from 4 p.m. Saturday and on.

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

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