Almost one week after his disappearance in Ecuador, there is no sign of a missing Oklahoma City teen.
He was supposed to meet his family at the top of a scenic mountain trail. The 18-year-old never showed up.
It was supposed to be an epic trip to Ecuador – a graduation present for high school valedictorian August Reiger.
Instead, the family vacation has turned into a family's nightmare.
18-year-old Reiger has been missing since going on a Father's Day hike with his parents.
His dad says he's vanished without a trace
"Nothing makes sense to me,” August’s father, Chris Reiger, said. “Everyone's baffled because it's not a dangerous place… There (are) no rebels or something like to kidnap people. I can't come up with a scenario that kind of, 'that could make sense.'"
Located 100 miles south of the capitol, Banos is a tourist center known for its scenic views and hiking trails.
With a passion for Spanish language and Latin America, it was the teen's idea to make the trip before heading off to the University of Oklahoma in the fall, where he had been admitted on a full scholarship.
His family says the thought that the 18-year-old may have wandered off by himself is out of the question.
"The next day, we were supposed to leave,” Chris Reiger said. “We had booked a tour to go in the jungle three nights with a guide, and it was really because of him that we booked that. He was the one that was particularly interested in indigenous cultures and so forth. We were supposed to leave on that the next day. He was really excited about it. He didn't have anything with him. He didn't have money. He didn't have a phone. He didn't have anything."
It's estimated there are more than 150 search and rescue volunteers that have combed the mountain where August Reiger was last seen.
Also involved: The U.S. State Department.
But with no sign of August Reiger so far, his family is hoping the teen’s trip of a lifetime did not cost him his life.
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