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Marc and Debra Tice, the parents of American freelance journalist Austin Tice, who disappeared in Syria while covering the war, speak in Beirut, Lebanon, on Monday.
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Date published: 11/13/2012
WASHINGTON--The parents of missing American journalist Austin Tice appealed for information about their son Monday at a news conference in Beirut.
Marc and Debra Tice said they'd had no contact with their eldest son since Aug. 13. His last known location was Daraya, Syria, near Damascus, they said.
"Is he well?" Marc Tice asked. "How can we contact him? And how can we return him to our family? If anyone who hears this has any information about Austin, especially what we can do to bring him home, please contact us."
Austin Tice was reporting on Syria's civil war when he disappeared this summer. The 31-year-old freelance journalist from Houston reported from the front lines of the conflict for McClatchy Newspapers, The Washington Post, CBS News, Al-Jazeera English and Agence France-Presse. He's a Georgetown University Law Center student and Marine Corps veteran.
Marc Tice said the family had been in touch "indirectly and directly" with Syrian government officials, but "they have indicated to us they don't know where Austin is." He said the family was "reaching out to everyone that we can get in touch with to try to get their help in determining where Austin is and what we need to do bring him home."
After Tice's disappearance, information from official and unofficial sources indicated that Syrian authorities had captured him. The Syrian government denied any involvement or knowledge of his whereabouts, however.