December 17, 2014

Missing Since January 11, 2014


On January 11, 2014, Wall Street Journal reporter and IAPE member David Bird left his house in Millington, N.J., to take a brief walk to get some fresh air. He never returned.

Despite a widespread manhunt by the Long Hill, N.J., police and volunteers, nothing has turned up since last January to indicate what happened to David.

To its credit, Dow Jones kept David on the payroll through the end of July. However, effective August 1, David's status was changed to unpaid leave of absence.

This means that David's wife Nancy, a stay-at-home wife and mother caring for their two children, has no income with which to provide for her family. Imagine the anguish she faces each and every day — not knowing where her husband is or what happened to him AND wondering how she will manage her financial hardship. [The company is maintaining the family's health-care benefits.]

Imagine if this happened to you.

Well, now it's IAPE's turn to help. At its meeting on December 6, the board of directors of IAPE voted to do two things. First, it approved sending the Bird family $10,000 to help in their time of need. Second, the board approved a matching-gifts program; if any IAPE member donates money to the Bird family, IAPE will match that contribution dollar for dollar, up to a maximum of $10,000.

So, as we all enjoy this holiday season, please remember David Bird and his family. If you can, please send a contribution to them.

Checks, payable to the Bird Family Trust, may be sent to the IAPE office (5 Schalks Crossing Road, Suite 220, Plainsboro, NJ, 08536), or mailed directly to:

Bird Family Trust
P.O. Box 234
Millington, N.J. 07946

If you make your delivery directly to the Bird Trust, please send a photocopy of your check to the IAPE office so we may send our matching amount.

Thank you.