The president of Ecuador has pledged to make a priority out of the case of a missing young man from Oklahoma City, providing some hope to the 18-year-old's family.
August Reiger disappeared June 16 from the Ecuadorean resort town of Banos during a hike with his parents and his younger brother. Reiger graduated as a valedictorian from Classen School of Advanced Studies in May.
A representative for Reiger's family spoke this week with Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, said August Reiger's aunt, Christi Reiger. During the meeting, Correa pledged to do everything within his administration's power to find the teenager, Christi Reiger said.
Correa's involvement brings additional resources to the case, she said, and it also brings greater international visibility to the search.
“The issue's not going to be forgotten. It's not going to go away,” the aunt said. “It has given us more hope than we've had in a long time.”
The international law enforcement organization Interpol is now involved with the case, as well, she said. The agency is distributing photos of August Reiger throughout Latin America, not only in Ecuador.