Death of David Riek Of Ridgefield Ruled A Suicide

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The body of David Riek of Ridgefield was positively identified Monday by the State Medical Examiner, who ruled his death a suicide. Photo Credit: Ridgefield Fire Chief Heather Burford, contributed

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – The body of missing Ridgefield runner David Riek has been positively identified by the Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, which ruled his death a suicide.

According to the Medical Examiner, the official cause of death was an “incised wound to the neck” or a self-inflicted knife cut.

During a news conference Sunday, family friend James Mercante described Riek as being a “great father and a fantastic husband and the best friend you could ever want.”

Riek was reported missing early Saturday morning after not returning home following a regular run. The Ridgefield Police and Fire departments were called to begin a search, which lasted around 28 hours and involved hundreds of volunteers from the community and Riek’s friends from across the Eastern seaboard.

The search ended at around 1:30 p.m Sunday, when volunteers found a body off a trail. 

Anyone with further information is asked to call the Ridgefield Police at 203-438-6531.

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My condolences to the family. I agree, Kirsten, this is most tragic for his family and friends. I must disagree w/ you, however, in that suicide is not always preventable if the individual is intent on taking their life, they will most certainly do so. I've lost (2) family members in this manner regardless of the amount of help that we tried to get them. That being said, it's always worth trying, b/c as long as the person is alive there is hope, so don't ever give up on them! But, if they follow through, don't blame yourself, either. Know that you did your best.


This is so sad! September 9- 15 is Suicide prevention week. The Connecticut Suicide Prevention Board is launching an initiative to increase awareness of suicide as a serious health issue and to remind the public that suicide is preventable.

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