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Reward offered for safe return of Okla. student missing in Ecuador

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ECUADOR – The Ecuadorian government is putting out a reward for the safe return of an Oklahoma student who has been missing in South America for over a week.

The family of missing student August Reiger said the pressure from the American government seems to be helping in the search for their son.

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He disappeared while hiking with his parents and brother in Baños, Ecuador.

Reiger’s cousin, Laura Laporte, said family members met with Ecuador’s Minister of Tourism, Minister of Interior and head of general police Monday night.

Laporte said the government has given the family a police escort and “tight security.”

Officials at the U.S. Embassy told Laporte the Ecuadorian government has received numerous calls from U.S. officials, including Governor Mary Fallin, demanding Reiger be found.

Laporte said Reiger’s parents are still very hopeful he will be returned.

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