Police search for David Bird, of Millington, missing since Saturday

David Bird, 55, was last seen around 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, when he left his house to take a walk. (1/13/14)

MILLINGTON - Police are asking for the public's help in looking for a missing Millington man.

David Bird, 55, was last seen around 4 p.m. on Saturday, when he left his house to take a walk. Family friend Jacquie Petras says the husband and father of two is a liver transplant recipient who had just written a grateful letter to his donor family earlier in the day. Bird has missed several doses of necessary medication.

The search for Bird continued Monday. Sheriffs on ATVs, dozens of volunteers on foot, and scent-tracking dogs were used in the search effort. Hundreds of men and women from fire departments and police units across the state are also searching, as well as volunteers from the Citizens Emergency Response Team.

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For more than eight hours Sunday, hundreds of people searched a wooded area called Hicks Tract, where Bird is believed to have gone on a routine weekend walk. A helicopter and heat sensors were also used in the search effort.

Long Hill Township Police Chief Michael Mazzeo says he doesn't think Bird's disappearance is suspicious.

Bird is 6'1" and weighs about 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red coat with a yellow zipper, blue jeans and sunglasses. He has a grey goatee.

Police and the family are asking for everyone in the area to check around their homes in case Bird became sick and was looking for refuge during Saturday's rains.

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

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