David Bird : Body of Missing WSJ Reporter Found in a River

David Bird : Body of Missing WSJ Reporter Found in a River

The body of missing Wall Street Journal reporter David Bird was found Thursday in the Passaic River in New Jersey.

Bird was 55 when he disappeared in January 2014 during a walk near his home in Long Hill Township, New Jersey, which is located near the border with New York state and about 30 miles west of New York City.

Canoers discovered the body of the married father of two on Wednesday in the Passaic River near his home, Knapp said in an email to The Associated Press.

A positive identification was made on Thursday using dental records. An investigation into the cause and manner of death is underway.

Bird was a liver transplant recipient and did not have his medication with him when he left the house, his wife, Nancy Bird, said after he went missing.

Bird had worked for Dow Jones & Co., the Wall Street Journal’s publisher, for more than 20 years, covering energy markets since the 1990s.

He eventually became the deputy managing editor of the Dow Jones Energy Service, leading its coverage of OPEC and energy markets and building a team regarded as among the best in business.

“David Bird was a longstanding and valued member of the Dow Jones newsroom, and we are deeply saddened to learn today of his death,” Gerard Baker, the Wall Street Journal’s editor-in-chief, said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”