As thousands of college freshman milled about the University of Oklahoma's Norman campus Monday for their first day of classes, one student was notably absent.
Eighteen-year-old August Reiger, a valedictorian of Classen School of Advanced Studies in Oklahoma City, has been missing in Ecuador since Father's Day. He and his family were enjoying a vacation in Banos, Ecuador, a popular tourist hotspot, in June as a present for the recent graduate when he disappeared.
August's father, Chris Reiger, said his son was supposed to meet up with the rest of the family at the top of a scenic mountain trail, but never showed up.
"The next day we were supposed to leave ... He didn't have anything with him," Chris said shortly after his son's disappearance. "He didn't have money. He didn't have a phone. He didn't have anything."
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Now more than two months later, little else has come out about the teen, but the search and rescue effort has persisted. Ecuador's elite group of kidnapping-focused investigators, UNASE, continues their campaign for August, and has reported "some credible sightings" along the way.
Cristi Reiger, August's aunt, said Monday the country's law enforcement has done some incredible work in their search, going door-to-door and village-to-village to find him. Cristi also said August's own savviness, particularly his fluency in Spanish and understanding of Latin American culture, will only help to ensure his return.
Cristi said she and the rest of the Reiger family are in regular contact with UNASE and officials from the Ecuadorian government and even received support from President Barack Obama, who called August a missing patriot in June. Still, Cristi said news has been slow surrounding her nephew's status, as investigators continue to treat the case as highly sensitive.
"It's kind of a waiting game right now. The feeling is just that it's a matter of time," Cristi said. "That's our great hope."
Until then, the Reiger family remains active on social media, running the rapidly growing Facebook page "Find August Reiger," to help bring their loved one home.
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