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Death of David Riek Of Ridgefield Ruled A Suicide

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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