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Family voices hope for return
of reporter missing in Syria

The parents of Austin Tice—a US journalist missing in Syria since 2012—voiced hope on Thursday that their son would return home from the war-torn Syria.

 

“As both sides of the Syrian conflict prepare to come together for peace talks next month, we ask that they keep Austin in their minds and help us answer the heartbreaking question frequently asked by Austin’s 3-year-old niece, ‘When is my Austin coming home?’” a statement issued by the Tice family said.

 

“We earnestly ask anyone with information regarding our son’s current situation to contact us through our website: www.austinticefamily.com,” the statement added.

 

“Above all we request that the Syrian government search vigorously for Austin in order to secure his safe return.”

 

Tice—who had been reporting in Syria for The Washington Post, CBC and McClatchy News among others—disappeared in August 2012 outside Damascus in an area where the Syrian army had been conducting military operations.

 

He last appeared in a video released in September 2012, where he can be seen surrounded by men appearing to be Islamic militants.

 

However, many suspect the video was staged by the Syrian regime.

Above all we request that the Syrian government search vigorously for Austin in order to secure his safe return.