An Oklahoma City Valedictorian has been missing in Ecuador since Sunday. 18-year-old August Reiger was on vacation with his parents and younger brother in Banos, Ecuador when he went missing while on a hike. "Unbelievable, he was (only) a few minutes ahead of us on the trail," Chris Reiger, the teens father said from his hotel room in Ecuador.
According to Reiger, the local police, US embassy and more than 150 volunteers have been searching for the teen on foot and by helicopter, "They've found nothing so far," Reiger said. Authorities believe August either fell, or was kidnapped, "Nobody is asking for a ransom or something like that," Reiger added, "Everybody is both shocked and baffled, because they say nothing like this has happened in this town."
August graduated from Classen School of Advanced studies in Oklahoma City this past May. "He has got a full ride scholarship to OU, he's got a full life waiting for him in OKC," Friend and classmate Brodie Lockett added, "He was top of his class in everything."
As the search continues in Ecuador Chris Reiger said they will now be putting up missing persons posters in the surrounding areas. "He didn't have anything with him, no money, no water," Reiger said. He plans to stay in Ecuador until his son is found.