Bird, 55, writes about energy markets and previously worked for the Associated Press, Jennifer Maloney reports. He lives in Long Hill Township, N.J.
Mr. Bird’s wife, Nancy Bird, said the couple was putting away Christmas decorations Saturday afternoon when Mr. Bird put on his red rain jacket and said he wanted to take a quick walk before an expected rainstorm. He left the house at 4:30 p.m. and didn’t take his phone.
Ms. Bird said her husband had been feeling under the weather with a gastrointestinal virus. He was starting to feel better, and she wasn’t surprised that he wanted to get some fresh air.