David Bird, 55, of Long Hill went for a walk Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, but did not return. This image was taken at the NJ Sharing Network's 5K run in Berkley Heights last year. Since getting a liver transplant nine years ago, Bird has been an advocate for the network and organ donation. (Photo by Jessica Hatton of the NJ Sharing Network)

David Bird, 55, of Long Hill went for a walk Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, but did not return. This image was taken at the NJ Sharing Network’s 5K run in Berkley Heights last year. Since getting a liver transplant nine years ago, Bird has been an advocate for the network and organ donation. (Photo by Jessica Hatton of the NJ Sharing Network)

David Bird found

Divers pulled the body of missing Wall Street Journal reporter David Bird from a river

The remains were spotted the evening before by two men canoeing in the Passaic River, about a mile from one of Bird’s favorite walking spots, NBC News reports.

Bird’s wife Nancy, launched a new website appealing for help in finding her husband, the same day his remains were found.

He was identified through dental records.

The medical examiner’s investigation into the cause and manner of death is ongoing, they said.

In a statement, the family asked for privacy but thanked law enforcement for “their tireless efforts to find David” and friends, neighbors and strangers “who have prayed for David and for the family over the past 14 months.

went missing more than a year ago after he left his Millington home on a walk and never returned.

NJ.Com adds:

Hundreds of people became involved in the search last year. Rescuers from several area agencies made their way through fields, walked the banks of the Passaic River and knocked on doors throughout Millington and other nearby neighborhoods. State Police flew overhead. County Park police were out on horseback and on ATVs.

David Bird (credit: Long Hill Township Police Department)

David Bird (credit: Long Hill Township Police Department)

Family friend Carolyn Buscarino said funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized, and that the Bird family has asked for privacy.

“The Bird family would like to thank the many members of law enforcement, especially Chief Michael Mazzeo and the Long Hill Township Police Department, for their tireless efforts to find David,” Buscarino said in a statement. “They would also like to thank the countless friends, neighbors and strangers who have prayed for David and for the family over the past 14 months.”

Bird had worked for the Journal’s publisher, Dow Jones & Co., for more than 20 years.