Search Continues for Missing Man [Updated]

Police and firefighters are looking for David Riek, who was reported missing Saturday morning.

Update at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday

The search continues for David Riek, a long-distance runner who never returned from his run on Saturday. There's been numerous volunteers, and police are directing anyone who wants to help to the on 40 Florida Road to receive assignments. 

Police Lt. John McAllister said the staging area has been set up to avoid duplication of efforts and make sure that the scent-sensitive search canines aren't interfered with. 

Anyone with information about Riek's whereabouts is encouraged to call Ridgefield police at 203-438-6531.

Update at 2:50 p.m. on Saturday

Connecticut State Police canines are assisting Ridgefield emergency responders to find the missing Ridgefield runner. Officials have checked with area hospitals to see if David Riek turned up, but to no avail. 

Ridgefield Fire Chief Heather Burford said the possibility of bad weather later this afternoon is a concern. 

Original Story at 12:50 p.m.

Ridgefield police and firefighters are working together in a search for a 44-year-old resident who was reported missing this morning.

According to Police Lt. John McAllister, David Riek went for his routine run at 7 this morning and never returned home. Riek is a long-distance runner who normally returns by 8:30, according to Sue Johnstone, a resident who contacted Patch to help get the word out to the community.

McAllister said the fact that Riek is a long-distance runner complicates the search because he could be anywhere within a 10-square mile of his residence, which is off of Florida Road in Ridgefield. The impending thunderstorm, which entails and is expected to bring heavy rains, also adds to the urgency of the situation, McAllister noted.

Riek is described as a white male, who is bald. It is unknown exactly what clothing he was wearing, but Johnstone says it was most likely running shorts and a shirt. A photograph has not yet been released.

Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is encouraged to call Ridgefield police at 203-438-6531.

Patrick R.Venus September 08, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Possibly in the tops tone trails in redding???
Gary Jeanfaivre (Editor) September 08, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Hi Patrick, we have shared this story on Redding Patch so hopefully residents there are keeping an eye out for David, too.
DGJ September 08, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Command Center at end of High Valley Road, Ridgefield tomorrow at 9am - volunteers are asked to work together to make sure we're maximizing our effectiveness and support of ongoing Police/Fire search efforts.
Mary Elen Riek September 09, 2012 at 12:06 AM
my son please come home and thank you to all the people , police, state troopers, fire fighters, volunteers anyone thankyou for helping us to look for our son, husband brother, friend and dad this is heartbreaking.
JG September 09, 2012 at 12:16 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I hope they find him soon.
Dorothy Stoops-Marinelli September 09, 2012 at 12:49 AM
I will continue to pray for your son and your family until he is safely home. Dear Lord please keep watch over David and bring him home safely.
Jennifer F September 09, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Praying finding him safe !! This is so aweful !!
ridgefield resident September 09, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Praying for his safety. How can we volunteer for the search effort?
Kathleen Melahn September 09, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Are you looking for help?
Kathy Pakiela September 09, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Started looking on New Road when the second storm hit. I plan to meet up with others at 9am at High Valley. I know they searched Ivy Hill, Hull & Blackman today. You are all i my prayers tonight....
DGJ September 09, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Any search volunteers who want to help can come to the Command Center tomorrow anytime after 9am - in cul-de-sac at the end of High Valley Road to help in a coordinated search effort - under leadership of fire/police team - is going to be most effective way for us to find Dave.
Praying September 09, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Praying for Dave's safe return. Can someone please provide an exact address of the 9am search effort - coming from our of town, want to use GPS to get to meeting spot. Thank you!
James Mercante September 09, 2012 at 03:21 AM
The Command Center is 48 High Valley Road, Ridgefield. The search teams will start Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. Thank you for your assistance!
Cantor Debbie Katchko-Gray September 09, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Prayers for his safety and survival!!
ridgefit September 09, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Coordinated search effort meets at 9am, High Valley Road. Please do not venture out on foot in the area earlier than this effort. Dogs are out and can be distracted with too many scents.
Elana Milianta September 09, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Naomi, my prayers are with you and your family. Please let me know if you need anymore people for the search and where to go at this time?
Allison Stockel September 09, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Everyone PLEASE check the perimeter of ur property- especially if u live on branchville road!!
Diane Sena September 09, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Have the many trails at New Pond Farm been searched?
Maria Tse September 09, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Praying that Our Virgen Mary will return him home alive and well.
Marilyn maltas September 09, 2012 at 06:41 PM
I was at branchvile school around 1 pm today, I heard they found David . Does anyone know anything about this?
Debra Cosentino September 09, 2012 at 07:02 PM
So tragic. My prayers are with the family!
Anthony Karge September 09, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Officials confirmed that a body matching David Riek's description was found in the area. http://patch.com/A-xB7g


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