Missing Oklahoma City man August Reiger sparks sightings in Ecuador

The search for August Reiger, who disappeared nearly a year ago while visiting Ecuador, continues. Two possible sightings have been reported to Ecuadorean law enforcement recently.
by Jennifer Palmer Published: May 9, 2014

The possibility that someone has recently seen a missing Oklahoma City man in Ecuador, where he vanished while vacationing with his family nearly a year ago, delivered a dose of hope to those trying to find him.

Two possible sightings reported to Ecuadorean law enforcement renew the possibility that August Reiger is alive. Reiger, now 19, went missing June 16 while hiking in Banos — a resort town considered safe for tourists — with his parents and younger brother, setting off an international effort to find him.

The teen’s father, Chris Reiger, confirmed at least two possible sightings have been reported in the past week, but he said there’s no way to know for sure the person seen was his son.

“We certainly haven’t given up hope that he’s going to be found, no doubt about that,” Chris Reiger said Thursday. “We still think he will be.”

August Reiger graduated as a valedictorian from Classen School of Advanced Studies in May 2013 and was planning to attend the University of Oklahoma.

During the summer trip, the family went hiking and August Reiger got a few minutes ahead of the others. He did not turn up at the family’s meeting spot and didn’t return to the hotel.

by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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