Oklahoma City man's disappearance in Ecuador reaches one-year mark

High school graduate August Reiger mysteriously vanished in Ecuador on June 16, 2013. Investigators say they have no new leads in the case.
by Jennifer Palmer Modified: June 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm •  Published: June 24, 2014
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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.

>>Read: Missing Oklahoma City man August Reiger sparks sightings in Ecuador (Published May 9, 2014)

>>Read: Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa pledges support for search for missing Oklahoma City teenager (Published Dec. 13, 2013)

>>Read: Missing Oklahoma City valedictorian's parents return from Ecuador without their son (Published Aug. 28, 2013)

>>Read: Still no sign of Oklahoma City man missing in Ecuador for more than a month (Published July 25, 2013)

>>Read: Oklahoma City man still missing in Ecuador (Published July 3, 2013)

>>Read: Classen School of Advanced Studies valedictorian disappears while hiking with family in Ecuador (Published June 18, 2013)

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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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