OKLAHOMA CITY – One year ago, August Reiger disappeared from a hiking trail in Baños, Ecuador.
Family members say they are still holding onto hope they can bring him home.
His Aunt Cristi Reiger said, “you can’t give up hope, that’s the only thing they have.”
August graduated from the Classen School of Advanced Studies as valedictorian in 2013 and was preparing for his freshman year at the University of Oklahoma on a full ride scholarship.
Cristi says their hope lies within his abilities.
She says since August is an experience traveler, she believes he could get out of any situation.
His parents are spending this anniversary in silence.
Cristi says “they are not in a good place.”
The teen’s father, Chris Rieger, recorded a song for his son, while the search continues thousands of miles away.
“I sit in my own mind, and she just can’t stop screaming, but I’m waiting for stories.”
So far, no ransom has been demanded and no one has had contact with the missing student.
With recent sightings of August, the family says they are holding onto hope.