More than 365 days have ticked by since the son of Randa and Chris Reiger mysteriously vanished during a family trip to Ecuador, and the Oklahoma City family still has no answers.
Several people reported possible sightings of August Reiger in Ecuador in recent weeks, creating a buzz on social media that he could be alive. But the reports have not been substantiated by investigators, said Charles Smith, consul general at the U.S. Embassy in Quito, the capital of Ecuador.
“Although Ecuadorean authorities remain vigilant for any lead that might point to information about August, to our knowledge there have been no other recent developments in the case,” Smith said.
On June 16, family and friends marked one year since the young man went missing during a hike in Banos, a resort town considered safe for tourists. Reiger graduated as a valedictorian from Classen School of Advanced Studies in 2013.
His aunt has described him as an extremely bright young man who likes anthropology and travel.
August’s parents stayed in Ecuador for two months, searching for him, before making the agonizing decision to return home. When interviewed by The Oklahoman last month, his father, Chris Reiger, said the family hasn’t given up hope.
August’s mother, Randa Reiger, recently was named a finalist for Oklahoma City Public Schools Teacher of the Year. She’s a visual arts teacher at Heronville Elementary School.
Investigators first discounted the theory that August Reiger fell while hiking with his family when multiple searches of the area didn’t produce any sign of him. The investigation then focused on kidnapping as a possible explanation, but no ransom demands have been received.
He went missing with no money or passport and only the clothes he was wearing.